Vision for technology in learning


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Vision for technology in learning: Planning for the future use of technology by Nina Woodcock

This was presented on 03 March 2010 at 'Building Spaces for the Future' an event drawing on recent research by Futurelab about young people’s view of what learning spaces should look like in the future to offer practical support to Local Authorities, schools and those going through building programmes such as BSF and PCP.

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  • I wanted to start by sharing Becta’s new vision. During the last few months Becta has been re-organising and refocusing to ensure that it can deliver against the enhanced remit that we were given in March 2007. This was to lead the coordination, development and delivery of the government’s strategy to harness the power of technology to help improve education and skills and children’s services. As part of this process we have developed a new vision, a new mission and new values. I want to mention a couple of key points about this vision. Firstly, the desired outcome is about learning and learners. It’s concerned with educational outcomes, not technology for technologies sake. It’s about learners succeeded in part through the enabling power of technology. Secondly, it is not just about technology but it is about innovation : “introducing something new”. So our vision is concerned with the successful exploitation of new ideas and technologies.
  • The school caters for children and young people from the ages of 2–19. Its pupils have needs ranging from severe autism to profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many have physical or medical conditions as well.
  • Summarises what Becta is developing in the Vision for Technology in Learning project. The part that is ready now and being used in the forums is the first bullet point (key expectations)
  • Families can apply for a Home Access Grant to purchase a compliant package designed to support learning from an approved supplier. These packages come pre-loaded with a suite of assistive technology software which can have benefits for all the family. 1/ Grant for low income families to buy a computer, internet, support and parental controls. Computer – laptops, notebooks and desktops offered in pilot Internet access – minimum one year. One company offered two years’ in pilot Service and support – technical support, reinstatement of service, etc for one year Parental controls – to help enable safe use. A key feature of the package, and one which pilot customers welcomed. Home Access packages are available for purchase by all.
  • Vision for technology in learning

    1. 1. Nina Woodcock, Head of Capital Programmes Vision for Technology in Learning - planning for the future use of technology
    2. 2. A world where technology and innovation enable learners to achieve their potential Our vision
    3. 3. Setting the vision for ICT <ul><li>Visioning process </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce a new resource to support visioning </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Home Access’ programme </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Excellence Awards </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is a vision? <ul><li>A desired future state: an aspiration/inspiration </li></ul>Articulates a view of a realistic , credible , attractive future…
    5. 5. Selworthy School, Taunton (winner Best Whole School, South West, ICT Excellence Award) <ul><li> </li></ul>
    6. 6. Outcomes Developing an overall vision Building Design Vision for technology Learning Teaching Management Administration
    7. 7. Developing a vision for technology <ul><li>What are the desired outcomes? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of relationships do you want see? </li></ul><ul><li>What kinds of flexibility do you need in your learning spaces to support these outcomes and relationships? </li></ul>How can technology help you to achieve these?
    8. 8. Vision for Technology in Learning <ul><li>A set of key expectations which aim to stimulate thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Exemplification of these key expectations </li></ul><ul><li>A tool to support local authorities, schools, academies and colleges developing their own visions </li></ul>
    9. 9. Five key themes <ul><li>Enriching the lives of young people, families and the wider community </li></ul><ul><li>Providing excellent personalised learning and development </li></ul><ul><li>Effective partnership working between learners, providers, parents/carers and employers </li></ul><ul><li>A highly skilled, motivated and well-led workforce </li></ul><ul><li>An effective infrastructure to deliver outcomes </li></ul>
    10. 10. Vision for Technology in Learning <ul><li>Document available on Becta website </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive tool and exemplar material coming soon </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    11. 11. Ryton Park Primary School, Worksop, Notts (winner Best whole school East Midlands ICT Excellence Award) <ul><li> </li></ul>
    12. 12. Diana Johnson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools Home Access aims to provide practical and financial support to low-income families who may not be able to afford a computer or the Internet. We will support these families to ensure that the educational and social benefits of 21st century technology are available to them.” Home Access
    13. 13. The offer Home Access Grants for low income families to cover the cost of: Approved suppliers to provide these packages designed to support learning Assistive technologies for those with additional needs
    14. 14. ICT Excellence Awards 2010 <ul><li>seeking out the best and brightest schools using technology to benefit the whole school community </li></ul><ul><li>closely aligned with Becta’s Self-Review Framework and the ICT Mark, positioned as the fourth and final stage of Next Generation Learning Charter </li></ul><ul><li>winning schools will receive cash prizes and all winners and runners-up will have the opportunity to share their excellent practice with other schools and organisations </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Categories: </li></ul><ul><li>Best whole school </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond the school </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership, management and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Open to all UK schools in early years, primary and secondary sectors, and Service Children’s Education schools overseas </li></ul><ul><li>Support for Schools </li></ul><ul><li>For organisations supporting school improvement with ICT </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Find out more and enter online at </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Becta on [email_address] or ring 0800 877 8777 </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t miss the deadline of 24 March 2010! </li></ul>
    17. 17. Contact… <ul><li>Nina Woodcock </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Becta </li></ul><ul><li>Millburn Hill Road </li></ul><ul><li>Science Park </li></ul><ul><li>Coventry CV4 7JJ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>