Many will be aware of the work of Sir David Brailsford, ex-team GB coach and proponent of the idea of marginal gains. Following on from his groundbreaking work with the GB Olympics team, teaching and learning guru (and fortunately for me, old colleague) Zoë Elder came up with this idea of marginal learning gains. These are small tweaks that by themselves don’t make a big difference to teaching or learning, but when combined, the cumulative effect can lead to a big difference, both in terms of the work you do as a teacher and the learning that takes place as a student.

It is well known (or it should be!) that edtech in and of itself does not make much difference to learning outcomes. Edtech is not a magic bullet – magic does not exist! However, small purposeful, well-considered uses of technology, applied consistently in the classroom can work well to improve standards in terms of your teaching and their learning. 

Making good use of edtech activities such as file management, collaborative working, sharing, creating flipped learning resources; these can have an impact. By themselves they won’t. However, by being more efficient, utilising an anytime/anywhere approach to access to learning materials and files (and for those files to be always live, always up-to-date, always available), accessing self-testing quizzes to check knowledge and to enable ease of interleaving topics… These are the types of things that can have an impact and, when you tie all of them together, you can start to see the cumulative effect and improvements across the board. 

To read the full blog by Mark Anderson, ICT Evangelist, click here.

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