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3 Things to takeaway from Abdul Chohan's talk at our 'Delivering Success with Apple' Event

World recognised EdTech consultant and keynote speaker Abdul Chohan took the room through some evidence based research into the benefits of implementing a technology programme spearheaded with pedagogical intent. We also heard findings from a new piece of research into the benefits of Phases vs Pilot schemes in the deployment of technology. Here’s 3 key takeaways from Abdul’s talk: Defining Your Vision for Learning

  1. Change. Before we look to implement anything, schools must first understand the importance of change, and the fact that it will happen. Faster than we’ve experienced before. We must start now, because if we don’t start now, the gap will continue to grow. For children, technology is no longer a novelty, its expected. Schools must be prepared to invest now to ensure they’re not left in a position they cannot recover from in the future. 

  2. What can schools expect in return for their investment into modern technology? There are 3 key benefits. Time efficiencies, schools will see improvements in the access and equal distribution of classroom resources, with teachers able to guide students to these resources remotely, and with students having access to these resources at home. This will dramatically reduce lost learning time due to the time spent either distributing these resources by hand or via shared portals that can be difficult to navigate for younger students. Cost efficiency, schools can expect immediate savings from areas such as photocopying; in a recent report covered by Independent Leader Magazine “An average school will use 1m sheets of paper a year and spend £60,000 on photocopying”. Workforce, schools will see improvements in consistency across classes, a more collaborative peer network due to the ease of sharing material and in-class flexibility. 

  3. Pilot vs Phase. When it comes to deploying new technology in educational settings, there are examples of full 1:1 technology deployment as a single phase, typically where leadership vision and sustainable financial capacity are established. However, in most cases, leaders often find themselves implementing a pilot approach rather than a phased approach. Understanding the nuances of each can guide more effective decision-making. A pilot approach typically involves testing new technology on a small scale before deciding on a wider rollout. While this method seems prudent, it comes with significant drawbacks that can undermine its effectiveness in educational settings. In contrast, a phased approach involves a gradual, step-by-step deployment of technology, often starting with smaller, controlled implementations that expand over time. This method offers several advantages that can lead to more sustainable and impactful outcomes. We will be publishing a more in-depth, exclusive blog, written by Abdul on this topic in the coming weeks. 

If you want to learn more about the importance of defining a clear vision for learning in your setting, book a call with MCC Digital and Abdul via the link below. 


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