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Submitted by Joe Nutt on
This is a very valuable and balanced account of the difficult issues surrounding these organisations. I would add one more which is their "research" role and the issue of trust. A good example is Becta’s, "Harnessing Technology, Next Generation Learning, 2008–2014." There is only one place in the entire paper where the authors’ refer to research which suggests technology has had a positive educational effect, here: "In addition, links between the use of technology and improved learning outcomes have been identified in an increasing body of evidence (Harnessing Technology Review, 2007)" Not only is the reality that Becta cite their own previous Technology Review as “an increasing body of evidence,” but when you then read that Review, you discover it references a single research paper…which Becta itself commissioned…and which was anything but conclusive.