Vision and Planning
Specifically designed for Senior Leadership, our planning sessions focus on how to successfully plan, deliver and grow an IT deployment.
Why Vision is so Vital.
We’ve helped schools implement Classroom Sets, ICT Suites, Teacher Devices and full 1:1 Mobile Device Deployments.
Whether you are beginning a new IT project, or rejuvenating an old, every deployment needs a vision. Making it work, though, can be very challenging.
Our specialism is technology in education, and helping Senior Leadership Teams develop a vision for successful IT. We can talk you through what other schools are doing, organising visits and meetings with local success stories if helpful.
Planning an IT project.
- Research and Planning 40%
- Preparation and Training 40%
- Implementation and Installation 15%
- Refinement 5%
Every IT deployment begins and ends with planning. Having an experienced planning consultant can make all the difference.
In our experience, the most successful projects (and ones that create a lasting impact) spend the majority of time in the planning and preparation stage. A solid plan can ensure staff are onboard and trained, devices are configured and installed appropriately, and headaches are kept to a minimum.
What to Consider in Planning
Our Vision and Planning sessions cover the topics below, and more.
Setting a realistic timescale for delivery (and sticking to it!) is vital. Factoring in time for purchase, installation and training should be a first priority.
Having a solid understanding of your existing IT provision, network and infrastructure is important.
Developing a model for financing and budgeting ensures that project costs do not spiral. Schemes such as leasing and parental contribution should be considered.
Delegating responsibilities is essential. Who will be responsible for managing the devices? Who will keep track of the project aims? Who will fix minor problems?
Every participant should be comfortable with the technology. A training schedule is essential to accomplishing this.
Projects can potentially involve Leadership, Staff, Governors, Students and Parents. Communicating updates with the school community ensures everyone is onboard.
Setting up and managing your devices sensibly promotes a safe and productive learning environment for students, and a stress-free one for teachers.
Setting up devices, equipment and servers can take longer than you think. Installation should never be squeezed in, or rushed.
Provisioning for breakages, insurance and maintenance shouldn’t be overlooked. Devices are sturdy these days, but accidents always happen.
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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.