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 Education, Making 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 Revision collection
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