Mike Carter, Gateshead CLC
Lots of developments in the council area:
Flexible learning spaces, blogs for schools, web2.0, wireless laptops, wireless networks in all schools.
By February every primary school will have 10MB internet connection, every secondary school will have 100Mb connection. Very different from CEC's 2mb connections for high schools.
Looking at wireless home access pilot. (wifi on lampposts) problems of council permissions to get use of lampposts.
Staff use of mobiles. ICT staff give out mobile and email and will get back to teachers within 48 hours.
Looking at integrated learning network using mobiles but having problems with admin problems of procurement of mobile phones.
Colin from MAAD (Gateshead project) are developing system for CMS for reporting and interactive content etc that will work on every type of system and work with existing VLEs.
Joanne Verrier, Director of Mobile Devices and e-learning
New Line Learning Academy and Cornwallis Academy
Three schools combined into two Academies. One school already using elearning and ICT well, another in special measures.
Mobile learning devices. Young people have the technology so how do we integrate that into education. We can't continue to teach in a traditional way. In most schools ICT is taught as a separate subject but should be taught in contact rather than seperately.
School pays for devices not pupils or parents
Year 7 pupils have Samsung Q1 UMPC devices. Year 8 and 9 got HP tablets - VERY unreliable. Too heavy to carry especially with weight of textbooks.
Reliability and weight re biggest problems.
Devices are only as good as the teachers using them and the resources they develop. Can't use them all the time, needs to supplement other types of work.
Pupils more willing to cooperate and collaborate now.
7 percent of school annual budget spent on technology.
Efficiency savings across the three schools (eg one bursar for three schools, using new technology to reduce photocopying)
Managing mobile devices:
1 to 1 coaching with individual staff to support them
Accept that the kids will know more! Leave the technology to the kids. Kids as superusers. Kids teaching each other. Empower the students to take control of the learning while you teach the content. Just let go!
Right device is really important. Know final outcome to help choose device. Buying as a federation of three schools brings the price down.
right service provider - SLA with new provider so that devices not out of school for months at a time (like when they started two years ago). Now using Langley not HP.
Staff training and support important.
Empowering students learning
Initially with project image was locked down - kids couldn't add programs etc. Now kids have ownership of device. They look after it because it is worth something to them.
Joanne talked about frustrations of IT support departments who don't support.
Kids viewing inappropriate material have devices taken off them. Parents told not to let kids on internet unsupervised.
Important to have the accidental damage etc insurance. Devices stolen at start of project (parents coordinating kids to have devices stolen!)
If schools were a company there would be 1 technician per 100 computers. The schools have 4 technicians for more than 1600 devices - there should be 16 technicians.
jo dot verrier at newlinelearning.com