• It is an exciting time for schools – technology used in the
classroom is evolving
• Some schools are really pushing the boundaries with
their use of technology – Essa Academy in Bolton have a
1:1 initiative for teachers and pupils
• The focus for many schools is the device – Tablets for
• Often the purpose of this device to support teaching
and learning can be lost or not considered.
• Educational technology use can be fragmented
• Schools can buy technology they do not need
• Many schools are very protective over what students
can access on the internet or are using web browsers
that limit which websites teachers can use
• Biggest challenges for many schools are:
ü Having the right people leading/managing
technology in schools
ü The digital divide
ü Parents may be skeptical
ü A change in the role of teachers – facilitator, not
being able to be replaced
The future of technology in the classroom is not about a
The iPad and other mobile technology is the ‘now’.
However, they will play some part in the future.
4 years ago the iPad didn't even exist.
The school of 2018 is about access, anywhere learning,
collaboration (global and local)
Educational institutions could have traditional students
and online only students.
Things are already starting to move that way.
Look at disruptive services like Moocs and educational
social networks like Edmodo
Mooc = Massive Open Online Course
What is the cloud?
In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing
and accessing data and programs over the Internet.
Far too often technology can be a barrier to teaching
and learning because not everyone can afford certain
devices or computers
The Cloud will go a long way to removing this barrier.
Educational institutions will need one major thing.
They will not need software installed, servers and local
Schools will need...
A fast, robust internet connection.
Infrastructure is paramount to the future of technology in
We don't know what new 'in' device there will be in the future.
What we do know, is that it will need to access the cloud.
Schools will need to future proof its network infrastructure.
Access to the web will need more freedom.
The Cloud will allow schools to have more freedom over
Apps that they use.
Educational institutions will be able to combine cloud
You will no longer be reliant on Microsoft Office for
instance. Often alternatives are free.
Schools can decide what best for them.
Work will be set, collected and graded online. Many
schools are already doing this – changing the culture
This is where the devices come into it. Mobile, wearable
and motion sensing devices will be part of every
These devices will access the cloud. Each student will
have their own device.
The classroom of 2018 will change.
Thanks to the cloud and mobile devices, technology will
be integrated into every part of the school.
Schools will become paperless.
The world will be the classroom. E-learning will change
teaching and learning. Students can learn from
anywhere and teachers can teach from anywhere.
It will no longer matter where you live and can go a
long way to removing the digital divide
Achieving this vision
Super fast broadband is needed across the country
Schools need to have a Director of ICT/Digital Strategy who is an
academic member of staff
Technology companies need to work more closely with schools
Students and teachers need more freedom and access in school
The way we think of the classroom must change
Collaboration with other schools
Teachers need to be part of the vision and receive training and support
in the way their way role will change. They must feel empowered and
confidents because they have to buy into it. They are important if this
change is going to happen.
Parental concerns about screen time will need to be addressed.