Emerging technology will dominate the future of education, an
eminent government official has claimed.
Tim Byles, chief executive of Partnership for Schools, has said
that online and internet-based learning holds the key to getting
the most out of today's young people.
Mr Byles' comments come following the announcement by Microsoft
chairman Bill Gates that the technology firm would be investing
more money into its Innovative Schools initiative.
This is to be coupled with further support for the UK government's
Building Schools for the Future programme, which is to see £45
billion - ten per cent of which is to go on cutting edge technology
- being spent in an effort to massively improve the country's
Mr Byles said: "The innovative use of ICT is a necessary condition
to deliver this and we very much welcome the commitment and
engagement shown by Microsoft and the wider community of ICT
However, earlier schemes to create online graduates have been spectacular failures, with attempts
to establish the UK's first e-university deemed "a shameful waste"
Only 900 people had signed up to the online education institution
by the time government ministers pulled the plug on the scheme and
the whole project was lambasted for needlessly wasting tens of
millions of pounds.
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