Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Claire Lotriet's World of Ed Tech

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Claire Lotriet's World of Ed Tech

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When buying tech for your school, there's a lot to consider, but in my experience it tends to boil down to two factors: cost versus need. Finding that balance can be tricky. Whatever situation a school might be in, though, one question can be crucial in weighing up your options: is the technology you have already being used to its full potential?

A survey conducted by Canvas, a cloud-based learning management platform, suggests the answer to that might be "no" in many schools. Apparently, 46 per cent of teachers rarely use the technology that's already available in their classrooms. I would suggest this is something to address before finding the cash for any more.

Of course, there is the possibility that the reason some tech isn't being used is because it's so old that it's not working, but I'm willing to bet that's not what is going on in most cases.

So what can we do to reduce that 46 per cent and ensure that the tech we do have is put to good use?

Make tech easy to get hold of

The most crucial thing you should do is to move the tech into the classrooms. Let's be clear, I'm not against ICT suites, but if you have some older, unused machines hanging about in a central area like an ICT suite, as well as newer machines, get the unused ones into the classrooms.

Make it easy for a teacher to grab, if you can, and you might find they are more inclined to reach for it.

Size doesn't matter

Having 1:1 - a device for each pupil - is not the be all and end all. …

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