Welcome and thank you for using our TOOLKIT. As you work through the modules of the programme you will learn to clarify your objectives, set out a strategy, and identify both the opportunities and risks in any approach.
If at any point in your journey through the Toolkit you would like to talk in more detail your School Liaison Manager will be happy to help you. When you have learnt all you need they will be ready and waiting to help you take your project to the next stage and guide you through the implementation phase including financing, parental engagement and changes to teaching and learning that become possible once every pupil has access to their own device.
School Liaison Service
Any school can receive advice and support for any stage of planing, engaging, launching or managing your programme. Please contact Peter Thorn-Davis, Head of School Liaison who will be happy to help you in any way he can.
So why have a programme?
The first stage is to identify your reasons for wanting to offer 1:1 access to mobile technology at your school. What will be your criteria and what measurements will you use to measure success?
There are many different reasons why a school might consider introducing 1:1 access and it is important that you clearly identify your primary objectives while also considering other objectives that are important to the school.
It might seem obvious, but it is vitally important that there is general agreement over your reasons for wanting to implement 1:1 access; and then to be clear about your success criteria and the measurements.
The importance of inclusion
While education offers pupils a level playing field inside the classroom, opportunities outside the classroom can vary enormously, with family income and parental engagement being major predictors of educational achievement. Providing every pupil with their own computer device for use when and where they need it is a major step to ensuring schools can support learning beyond the school gate.
More than 500,000 young people are unable to go online at home from a computer; mostly from families in the lowest income brackets. So schools need to consider how to ensure the device can connect to the internet and access however and whenever the student needs to at home as well as across the school campus.
Advice from an active school
Although we can identify the common worries and issues that you will have to deal with, there is nothing better than advice from a school that has already been there and done it – and learnt some lessons the hard way.
This link will open a short video featuring advice and tips from a number of schools that have been running successful programmes for several years.
There are many topics in the Toolkit and, although we recommend you work through all of them, we have grouped them into 5 categories to help you find the ones of more immediate interest first. Follow the link to your chosen category or work your way through in the (reasonably logical) order they are presented in.
Register for updates
It is in the nature of the technology world that it evolves at a rapid pace and, as a result, some of the information we provide in the Toolkit may become inaccurate or be superseded. We will of course update the Toolkit whenever we feel it necessary but to make sure that you are aware of these changes we strongly recommend registering for our Toolkit Update Bulletin email that will not only keep you up to date but it could also change your whole approach to your programme!
Call for help
This toolkit is designed to give you a solid introduction to all of the elements that go towards launching & running a successful and sustainable programme. We are more than happy to talk to you in more depth on any aspect of the process. Please call the help line on 01344 636413.