Top tips for the implementation of technology in schools

Phil Spoors, Assistant Head Teacher at Cramlington Learning Village, has led the successful implementation of technology in his school. Here he outlines what you need to consider before going ahead with a technology project.

Have a vision 

  • Make sure you have a clear vision first. This will help you to choose the right technology and approach for your context.
  • Start by focusing on the learning you want to happen. Again this will lead you to the right tools.

Engage & train staff & parents 

  • Upskill staff and give them a device. Teachers are the ones who will be using devices with students in the classroom. They need to be on board and they need to have confidence in the tools you are using. Revisit training regularly and hold tech-themed teach meets to share ideas and best practice.
  • Parental engagement is extremely valuable when introducing new technologies so involve parents form the outset.

Choose the right technology for your school 

  • Choose tools which can be future proofed. If you use web based tools as opposed to specific apps you have the flexibility to change devices when better or more cost effective devices come along.
  • Start with a small core suite of tools. Don’t push too many new apps or tools at once. Focus on those which will give you quick wins and have an immediate impact.

Integrate technology into learning

  • Consider using your technology to achieve the following to fully integrate into school life:
    • planners
    • homework diaries
    • lesson plans
    • everyday tools (dictionaries, calculators, etc.)
  • Don’t allow your technology to become purely a research device.  Make sure everyone is aware of all of the benefits technology can bring.
  • Consider a 1:1 scheme where you can make the technology available to schools and families at home as well as in school.  This will open the door to so many more opportunities, for example, flipped learning.
  • If you go 1:1 make sure there is a use for the devices every day in most lessons.  This will keep them high profile.
  • Make sure you have a coherent way to use the technology e.g. Google Apps or Google Classroom to set work, collect it and feedback.  A well developed Virtal Learning Environment to access, share and collect resources.

Cramlington Learning Village were also involved in the Creative Classrooms Lab project as the UK lead school. This brought together teachers and policy-makers in 8 countries to design, implement and evaluate 1:1 tablet scenarios in 45 schools.

Go to the Creative Classrooms Lab case studies of how mobile devices  have been used in many European schools as well as course materials to help teachers consider how they can use technology effectively.

Find out more about the Cramlington Learning Village’s technology journey:

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