At an exhibition hosted by the Guardian on the future of education, experts focused on how technology is used in the classroom, rather than what technology is used

Today, of course, escalators, televisions and even robots seem ubiquitous. Technology permeates every part of modern life and is even going where the World of Tomorrow never imagined it would – into the classroom. Following in the footsteps of those 44 million, last month about 80 teachers and school leaders gathered at the Guardian offices in London for an exhibition and panel discussion about what the schools of the future might look like.

While none of the speakers beamed in from galaxies far away, they did provide a stimulating discussion on the future of edtech and shared some fascinating innovations. Margaret Cox OBE, professor of information technology in education at King’s College London, spoke about hapTel, a virtual-reality dental chair system that enables students to operate on a 3D tooth using a haptic drill that gives them a sense of touch. Google EMEA’s head of education, Liz Sproat, brought along Google Cardboard, a headset that allows teachers to take children on virtual reality field trips, to show how technology can enhance student experience without costing the earth.

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