Financing a 1:1 programme within a school is currently way outside the ability of most schools. Many are suffering from the early days of computer introduction. Computers don’t last and, even if they did, with the speed technology moves a 3 year life span is the most you can hope for if you are going to be able to offer the full potential that can be gained from using technology effectively in teaching and learning.
With the availability of powerful and portable devices at viable prices it is now possible for schools to cast off the outdated ICT suite and truly embrace technology but for the one big barrier, the cost.
Providing every child with a device is only part of the cost of setting up a programme. You need high capacity broadband and a very robust WiFi and you need to commit to a considerable amount of staff training, software or Apps etc. With the lack of Government funding for any of these elements, it means that a school has to find other ways of funding a sustainable programme. This is where the Learning Foundation’s support and guidance comes in. Helping schools understand how it can be achieved and continue to be provided year after year.
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