Promethean is a global education company dedicated to improving the quality of education in schools by developing, integrating and implementing innovative technology solutions that improve learning. Products include interactive whiteboards and panels, handsets for use in classrooms and the innovative classroom software, ClassFlow. Promethean was founded by Tony Cann in Blackburn, Lancashire and its headquarters are currently in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Edge Hill University
Edge Hill University Faculty of Education undertook an evaluation of learning response technology in classrooms on behalf of the Education Endowment Foundation. This trial over two years in 100 classrooms is one of the largest projects of this kind that has been undertaken in the UK and was on the back of two small scale trials undertaken by the Institute for Effective Education. The results are due in 2017.
Institute for Effective Education
The IEE is located at the University of York and promotes the use of evidence based interventions in schools. In co-operation with the Education Endowment Foundation, it supports selected schools designated as Research Schools to innovate and promote the use of proven interventions. Research Schools work through associate schools, which the IEE support to undertake innovative ideas. In the past, the IEE undertook trials of self-paced learning question sets with pupils in maths and grammar. The studies found students gained 3-4 months of extra progress over a school year compared with schools not using the technology. The IEE was originally funded, and is currently supported, by the Bowland Charitable Trust and its executive committee is chaired by Baroness Estelle Morris.
Education Endowment Foundation
Endowed by the UK government the EEF is charged with evaluating education interventions in classrooms and promoting the use of those found to be successful. The EEF is a model that is being copied in other countries and is proving to be an important influence on Education in the UK. The EEF is responsible for the large scale trial organised by Edge Hill University in 50 schools and 100 classrooms over a two year period using technology to provide feedback to students and teachers in real-time. Although the results are not due until 2017 indications from the schools point to good improvements.
Future Classroom Lab (FCL)
Learning by Questions is collaborating with Future Classroom Lab (FCL) as an industry partner. The FCL showcases new ideas and learning spaces, demonstrating how technology can support innovative pedagogical approaches to 21st century teaching and learning. Created by European Schoolnet, FCL is an inspirational learning environment in Brussels, challenging visitors to rethink the role of pedagogy, technology and design in their classrooms.
European Schoolnet and its 30 supporting Ministries of Education have worked to ensure a sustainable platform. Policy-makers, industry partners, teachers and other education stakeholders regularly come together in face-to-face training workshops and strategic seminars to develop visions for the school of the future and strategies on how to realise these.
Bowland Charitable Trust (BCT)
BCT is the Cann family charitable trust. The Trustees believe that most students do not achieve their potential. They also believe that the potential to make improvements using technology is considerable. BCT supports a development group which includes Learning by Questions Ltd to develop the technology to give real-time feedback to teachers and students in classrooms. BCT founded the Institute for Effective Education at the University of York and together with the Education Endowment Foundation supports their Research Schools Project.