#100 Daisy Christodoulou – Teachers vs Tech!

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On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, I spoke to Daisy Christodoulou.

Daisy is a former English teacher and the former Head of Assessment at Ark Schools. She now works for No More Marking, an online engine to help teachers with comparative-judgement assessments. Daisy is the author of three books – 7 Myths about Education, Making Good Progress and her new book – which is the subject of today’s conversation – Teachers vs Tech?: The case for an ed tech revolution.

This is Daisy’s 2nd and a half appearance on the show. She was first on back in 2017 for a full-blown episode, and then made a cameo a year later in a special episode about Comparative Judgement. I absolutely loved both of those episodes, but I think I might just love this one even more.

In a wide ranging conversation,we discussed the following things, and plenty more besides:

  • What has Daisy been up to since we last spoke?
  • How does Daisy view the 7 myths of education she wrote about in 2013 seven years later? Have things improved?
  • Why are we both a bit annoyed by the author of Sapiens?
  • And then we delve into all things EdTech – what is is good for, what are its limitations, what do all those buzz words like personalised learning and AI really mean, and how do we deal with equity issues.
  • Finally Daisy reflects on how her views about Ofsted have changed in the last few years.

I don’t want to build this up too much, but this is a cracker of a conversation. Daisy is one of education’s great thinkers, and has a rare ability to articulate her thoughts so clearly so that even I can follow what she is saying. And it left me with plenty to reflect upon in the Takeaway at the end of the episode.

On Twitter Daisy is @diasychristo
Her excellent blog can be found at: thewingtoheaven.wordpress.com
Her books are: 7 Myths about EducationMaking Good Progress and Teachers v Tech
ARK Schools’ homepage is: arkonline.org
No More Marking can be found at: nomoremarking.com

Other things we discussed:
Daisy’s viral tweet
Daisy’s podcast appearance about VAR and DRS
Diagnostic Questions
Diagnostic Questions Revision collection

My usual plugs:

Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!
Craig Barton

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