The Future of ICT and Its Delivery Into Schools

Gove’s announcement marked a major shake-up of the way in which technology is taught in our classrooms. Schools now have greater autonomy over their programme of study, and, as a direct result, greater choice over the solutions they invest in. So, what might the Government’s changes mean for the future of ICT in schools?
One possibility is that the changes to the ICT curriculum could pave the way for bring your own device schemes in schools. Often shortened to BYOD, bring your own device Hardware Innovations 2018 is based upon the idea that pupils should be allowed to bring their own smartphones, tablets, laptops and over mobile ICT devices into the classroom to use in lessons.
One of the major perceived benefits of BYOD schemes is that permitting students to bring their own technology to school could significantly cut a school’s cost. This will be particularly important, considering the reduction in education spending at present, and could mean that money that many schools would usually spend on school owned technology could be spent elsewhere.
Although asking pupils to pay for their own technology is certainly cheaper for schools, BYOD is not without its complications. For example, what happens if pupils forget to bring their devices to school? What if pupils cannot afford to bring their own technology? How will school’s keep each child’s personal technology safe and secure?
To resolve these issues, schools could keep a bank of school owned laptops in a central location, perhaps in a laptop trolley or locker. This way, not only can pupils still access a computer even if they do not have their personal laptops with them, but those that cannot afford a particular piece of technology Agricultural Technology Degree could loan equipment from the school. This cabinet, or laptop locker, could also feature individual locking bays for students to secure their own laptops, tablets or smartphones inside, protecting them from theft during lunch time and keeping them fully charged ready for when pupils’ need them.
In addition to the advent of BYOD, the changes to ICT in schools could see an increase in the number of tablets used in the classroom. Small, light and interactive, tablets have been hailed as the perfect educational tools for education, providing schools with access to a whole host of information at the touch of a button.
Although using tablets in the classroom has a range of benefits for both pupils and their teachers, they need to be carefully managed to maximise their potential use. Schools will need to think about the best way to sync apps to tablets, how devices will be shared between pupils and, most importantly, the security measures that will need to be in place to protect these valuable assets from theft. Tablet charging trolleys may be useful for schools that are looking for a solution to keep devices, secure, charged and updated as necessary.
It is clear that Michael Gove’s announcements on the future of educational technology will mean significant changes for the delivery of ICT in schools. From the advent of BYOD to the increased use of tablets in the classroom, new technology could bring significant benefits to schools, provided the correct plans are in place. Schools need to look at storage, security, access and device management to take full advantage of the Education Secretary’s strategy.

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