As Bett 2016 fast approaches it’s a good time for educators to take stock of what they have achieved over the past year, look at how they want their school to move forward and importantly what they need to enable that progression.
The technology available to schools certainly isn’t more evident anywhere than at Bett, and it’s fair to say the evolution of technology in schools has at times provided challenges for school leaders trying to keep pace with the latest solutions, all the while continually under pressure to raise standards and implement curriculum changes. While it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed, in taking a step back to evaluate your school’s current position, it will allow you to time to breathe and look at how best you can move forward.
The sheer volume of technology solutions available in education today means that it can be harder to make decisions which will best meet needs, both according to pedagogy and budget. However there are some simple steps to follow which can help guide the process, for example, study how your teachers are teaching, think about the modalities they are using to deliver their lessons everyday. Then consider what needs to take place in the learning space in order for progression to happen, will you be implementing a flipped learning strategy for example? Take into account the learning approach that will be used and then it will be easier to decide how you can equip teachers and students to best complete their tasks.
The sheer volume of technology solutions available in education today means that it can be harder to make decisions which will best meet needs, both according to pedagogy and budget
Try not to be swept into a one-size-fits-all approach; as with anything in education, what might work for one school won’t necessarily work for another. As we know, within our schools how one teacher chooses to deliver lessons can differ greatly from another in that same school. Even the type of technology used can change during one lesson. It is because of this that we’re seeing evidence of the traditional learning environment being redefined, and how technology is playing a key role in shaping how or even where our students are learning.
The bricks and mortar of the four walls that once made up our teaching spaces are coming down, and the integration of front-of-class technology solutions, mobile devices such as tablets and laptops, all supported by cloud-based software, have meant that learning can take place anywhere. This shift in learning space makes it more important than ever that schools are supported in making targeted investment in technology that will provide you with the right solution for the long-term.
While Bett is the perfect place to browse the very latest solutions, meet with edtech manufacturers and consult with the experts, to truly get the most out of your experience at Bett, try to spend some time preparing beforehand. It might sound obvious, but consider the current needs of your school, and think about how they can be met for the longer term. Be sure to only invest in devices that will specifically address these and not create further challenges for you down the line.
To learn how Promethean solutions can help you reimagine the learning workspace, you can find us on Stand B99 with the latest generation ActivPanel and connected classroom solution, ClassFlow. We will also be hosting a series of ‘Learn Live’ sessions during the four-day event exploring the ‘Modern Classroom’, holding a seminar at the School Leaders Summit and delivering a strategic presentation within the Bett Arena schedule.
To learn more about collaboration in the classroom, Promethean at Bett 2016 or to register your interest in the Modern Classroom, please visit www.prometheanworld.com.