Free Schools or Copy Cats? Ark Pioneer Academy 12 years out-of-date

The Daily Mail reports on a suggestion of Ark Pioneer Academy for using the free school model for distance learning schools where teachers are not needed.

They say imitation is the best form of flattery. I devised this concept Ark Pioneer Academy are trying to copy 12 years ago, which is called Classroom 2.0 – the idea that through computers (inc. tablets) classrooms can transcend beyond school walls and allow for collaboration, which I discussed in my book, Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements.

The possibility of implementing Classroom 2.0 through Free Schools has already been considered by the UK Government as a result of my research, so Ark Pioneer Academy are late coming to the table. This includes my paper ‘Microeconomics of  Education and the Effect of  Government Intervention: The Role of Classroom 2.0 in Facilitating the UK Government’s Schools Policies‘ as published in Transforming Politics and Policy in the Digital Age.

Maybe Ark Pioneer Academy should change their name to Ark Late Adopter Academy?!

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