Technology for creativityat Thomas Tallis School
Context1998: Thomas Tallis School designated a specialist artscollege2002: Joined Creative Partnerships network of schools2004: Joined ﬁrst wave of government’s Building Schoolsfor the Future programme2005: Designated a Leading Edge school2008: Successful in becoming one of thirty national Schoolsof Creativity2011: Designated an Artsmark Gold school
The Creative Age“An audience or a willing collaborator canprovide an alternative incentive for creativeproduction. Before the era of massproduction this was how much of ourculture that didn’t emerge from patronagewas experienced – around the piano afterdinner, on the football terraces, in craft-making traditions and festivals. Theinternet has made it signiﬁcantly easier toﬁnd and locate audiences for andcollaborators in creative work.”
Here Comes Everybody“This is something that people inthe media world dont understand.Media in the 20th century was runas a single race--consumption. Howmuch can we produce? How muchcan you consume? Can we producemore and youll consume more?And the answer to that question hasgenerally been yes. But media isactually a triathlon, its threediﬀerent events. People like toconsume, but they also like toproduce, and they like to share.”
Our starting point (2009)ICT taught as a discrete subject at all key stagesResources organised in separate ICT roomsequipped with standard PCsThe school website/VLE used to provideinformationVery little cross-curricular use of ICTNo handheld devices
What staff wanted (2010)"Improving network performance & enhancing the wirelessnetwork""We need to completely re-imagine our approach to ensurethat we meet the challenges ahead and offer the sort oflearning experiences that will equip our students for theworld they will inhabit""Update, go for quality hardware - more cost effective andtime saving in the long run""More dedicated mobile units - with more powerful machinesincluding Macs available in all areas of the school. I wouldrecommend that these are based in hubs and so shared bydifferent faculties”"Training - a lot of knowledge is assumed"
EthosThe right tool for the jobFlexible and agileLearning comes ﬁrstDigital literacyDigital citizenshipCreativity
“[Flaubert] didn’t just hate the railway assuch; he hated the way it ﬂattered peoplewith the illusion of progress. What was thepoint of scientiﬁc advance without moraladvance? The railway would merely permitmore people to move about, meet and bestupid together.”― Julian Barnes