As a practitioner with over 30 years experience in the use and delivery of IT/ICT I am still not sure that we truly enjoy the use of IT in schools to provide pupils with memorable experiences. Here are some of my themes for embedding IT into the classroom. Please feel free to make use of any resources you may find here.
As a school leader you are probably more interested in providing valuable experiences and opportunities for students than the configuration of your servers. Yet there is a good chance that you have time and time again needed to interpret recommendations from your Network Manager and IT providers to achieve best value and potential from your IT budget. Wouldn’t you like to talk to someone who knows what works in the classroom, what works technically and what the training commitment for your CPD budget will be before you sign the order?
If you take a look at the digital landscape you have created for your school and see underused software, troublesome computers or frustrated staff the answer is probably yes!
No matter how enthusiastic your staff may be about that innovative piece of software, equipment or service they saw at a conference or discovered on the internet, the innovation will not become a reality before you ensure that it fits into the jigsaw puzzle that is your digital landscape.
I am committed to embedding the excitement IT can bring to the curriculum and to achieving the potential offered to lessen the workload of teachers. As a teacher with a background in the Arts and a 32 year track-record of IT initiatives and implementation I can mediate between technical and educational professions to tease out exciting and pragmatic solutions to realise your school’s most extravagant visions. If you have not yet got a vision, I can help you with that too.
My relationship with trusted providers will ensure that your project outcomes realise your ambitions. You might choose for providers to include my services as part of their package or prefer to hire my services directly. Either way, you can be sure that both you and your provider will be clear about what you will achieve and know that your solution will benefit from the latest products and developments in teaching technology.
I can offer support in the following contexts…
- establishing proof of concept
- overseeing in-house project management
- monitoring sign-off procedures
- providing staff training programmes
- quality and budget control
- embedding IT strands into the school development plan
- project planning and scheduling
- infrastructure design options
- content management options
- policy composition
- managing pedagogical change
- curriculum and course design
- staff mentoring and coaching
- personalised learning environments
- embedding IT into the curriculum
- resource development
- schedule 2 composition
- project scope and feasibility
- exposure to new technology options
- long-term vision building
- mission clarification
- …and inspiration!
If you would like to find out more about how I might support you, or discuss your specific circumstances please feel free to contact me for an informal, no obligation, chat or send me an email. Here’s my card…