The Hearth Education Advisors has pioneered the appropriate use of technology in education since 1995. This has blended with its experience and expertise in devising syllabus structures and content for examination boards, as well as bespoke curriculum options for high-performing schools.
The Hearth Education Advisors has a reputation for innovation that works. This is particularly true of education technology, where there are several new ideas every day, and many of these are repeating mistakes made in the past.
A reason for the success of the Hearth’s approach to design and innovation is its process, Education Design Thinking, that enables the creation of leading learning communities for the future, where the institutions are dynamic, adaptive, self-organising systems, not only capable but inherently designed to renew themselves and to grow and change.
The process begins from deep empathy and understanding of needs and motivations of people – in this case, the students, faculty, parents, staff and administrators. It is collaborative; Education Design Thinking benefits greatly from the views of multiple perspectives. Given the range of needs the institution and students have, the design work will never be finished or “solved.” It is always in progress. Education Design Thinking gives the confidence that new, better solutions for education are possible and can happen.
Discovery builds a solid foundation for ideas. Creating meaningful solutions for students, parents, faculty and administrators in education begins with a deep understanding for their vision and needs.
Interpretation transforms vision and thoughts into meaningful insights. Finding meaning in insights and turning them into actionable opportunities for design is not an easy task. It needs a compelling point of view and clear direction for ideation.
Ideation means generating lots of ideas. Brainstorming encourages thinking expansively and without constraints. This is guided by careful preparation and a clear set of rules.
Experimentation brings ideas to life. Building prototypes means making ideas tangible, learning while building them and sharing them with other people in the process.
Evolution is the development of the concept over time. It involves planning next steps, communicating the idea to people involved, and documenting the process.
The Hearth Education Advisors specifically focuses on the use of education technology in assisting teachers and in flexible professional development.
Together, the service offerings of the Hearth lead to:
- Enabling education technology innovators and entrepreneurs to refine their vision and deliver meaningful value to the education sector.
- Developing strategies for student engagement and interaction, including technological literacy and experience in the use of interactive applications and simulations.
- Defining the role of the teacher and/or school in monitoring and encouraging student engagement through education technology.