THE LEARNMAKER ICT FOR LEARNING TEST SCORES YOUR SCHOOL AGAINST OUR 5 STEP FRAMEWORK TO BENCHMARK YOUR SCHOOL'S OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE LEARNING THROUGH THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY.
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THE 5 STEPS TO SUCCESS
The degree to which you can improve learning with ICT starts in the classroom with the content you are using with students. The first question you should ask is, "How is technology adding to the lesson?" In most classrooms the answer is that technology isn't, as too many lessons are filled with 'substitution' tasks that could be carried out through a previous task.
How is technology supporting and supplementing your current curriculum, and what opportunities are there to improve it further? Many schools rely on off-the-shelf schemes of work and lesson plans but these don't take into account any of your own strengths, weaknesses or opportunities. Learn where technology can begin developing your curriculum and learn to excel.
One of the biggest challenges for teaching staff is to stay on top of student assessment and marking, and over the recent years the feedback process has gradually been getting longer and longer. In many instances students may not receive feedback or guidance on their work for anywhere up to 3 weeks, resulting in it becoming ineffective or worse still ignored!
The skill, confidence and culture of your teachers is what ultimately defines whether your school excels or fails. Technology is only a tool in the hands of a teacher. The better trained and developed your teachers are the better technology can be used for learning. Do you have a Technology Team and Digital Leader programme set up to begin developing a culture of internal improvement and development?
The most successful schools think and plan long term, well beyond the current academic year. Few schools can afford to buy all the technology they want in one go, which makes it vital why you should have a 3-5 year ICT plan at yours. Is your wireless network capable of supporting the devices you require? Do teachers have and understand a content storage workflow in place? How will students save and send work on devices?