Technology Health Check
Our Technology Health Check takes stock of your existing technology use, and provides a clear plan for growing and nurturing IT in your school.
Ninestiles had a clear vision: to prepare their students for the challenges of work and future social change. As a school they wanted an ICT project that was capable of delivering this vision for 21st century learning. After visiting a number of schools already using iPads, Ninestiles began discussions for an iPad 1:1 project.
A classroom set of iPads was a great starting point for us, and we found it to be very easy to customise the set to fit the requirements of our classrooms. The iPad install was supported with Apple Professional development Training which enabled teachers to get a great head start on delivering lessons using the iPads.
Over the past two years Llanrug have been investing in iPads for teachers and classroom sets. Although the school has enough iPad in school to provide whole class lessons delivered with iPad, their long term vision was strongly focused on engaging the children as learners in both a home and school partnership.
Three Areas of Assessment.
Our on-site audit examines the three main elements of technology usage. Rather than look at these in isolation, we focus on how these elements work (or don’t work) together.
Management: What is the Leadership vision for technology in school? What is the AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) for technology in school? How are technology responsibilities distributed within the Leadership team? Is the vision unanimous across the SLT?
Pedagogy: How are educators using the technology available in school? How well does the use of technology line up with the teaching of the curriculum? How confident are your educators and students with the technology?
Technical: What network infrastructure exists in school already? How does the school deal with breakages and faults? How are mobile devices set up and managed? How confident are technicians in troubleshooting and diagnosing problems?
The Health Check Process.
1. Initial Audit
The purpose of the Initial Audit is to sit down with a few key stakeholders and talk openly about the school’s current technology situation, and the vision for the future. Towards the end of the consultation, we will also take stock of your existing IT and network provision, and talk to members of teaching and support staff for input.
2. Planning Workshop
Involving as many stakeholders as possible, the Planning Workshop aims to examine the effectiveness and perception of the current technology deployment (based on our Initial Audit), explore options for the future, and highlight the impact of technology at similar schools. This workshop can be held onsite or offsite, based on your preference.
After the Initial Audit and Planning Workshop, we will produce a detailed Technology Report and present this to key stakeholders. As a result of the presentation, Leadership can make an informed decision on next steps, or whether to undertake additional administration-heavy activities such as focus testing and long-term monitoring.
Your Technology Report.
Based on the audit and consultation sessions, we produce a detailed report for your school. Our report covers current areas of risk, improvement actions, and longer term recommendations and strategies.
- Discuss how embedded and effective current technology is in your school.
- Examine potential areas of vulnerability in the school network, poor practices and risks to e-safety.
- Highlight any immediate cost-reducing measures available.
- Provide an inventory of current technology provision, and approximate valuation.
- Estimate the current usage (or non-usage!) of technology in school.
- Estimate the confidence of Leadership, educators, support staff and technicians.
- The best IT deployments based on the school’s vision and budget.
- Mobile Device Management options, VLEs and file management systems.
- Cost-saving options for everyday operations, including printing.
- Apps and educational content for teaching and learning, for each subject area.
- Network and infrastructure improvements.
- Best-value and one-off training sessions for educators, support staff or technicians.
- Fixes and replacement for broken or poorly-functioning hardware.
- Refresh/resell options for outdated and unused hardware.
- How to implement a sustainable hardware or mobile device deployment on a budget.
- Training programmes and schedules for Leadership, educators, support staff and technicians.
- Support schemes for new cohorts and staff.
- Financing models for funding a technology deployment, including parental contribution.
- Cost-effective support schemes for break/fix incidents, and general maintenance.
- Demonstration of successful deployments in similar school environments.