All schools are currently feeling the financial pinch; escalating restrictions on IT budgets and the the ongoing evolution of edtech mean that schools need to find ways to save money. Sadly, what we are seeing in many schools is a series of decisions that are actually leading to greater medium to longer term expenditure Here are the reasons why so many schools are now moving to the cloud.
We don’t know. One thing we do know for certain though is that whoever wins will preside over a real terms cut in education funding during the next parliament . Even before new cuts bite, a recent survey showed that over 50% of school leaders expect budget pressures and lack of funding to be their biggest challenge in the next academic year .
Finland is experimenting with new ways to teach children the skills to survive and thrive in the 21st Century. This involves re-thinking how and what it teaches by putting project- or phenomenon-based learning (PBL) at the heart of learning, replacing traditional subject based learning.
When I ask schools “what’s your 3 year IT strategy?” they can’t usually answer because 9 out of 10 schools don’t have one. Especially in times of shrinking budgets, having the right IT strategy can save you from making reactive, poor and expensive IT decisions.
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Schools have already seen signs of tech-tonic change in the movement to cloud technologies by the big players. But schools can make this digital disruption work for them and their communities. Logical strategies are essential and the first thing they should do is get their heads out of the clouds — and into the cloud.
The Swinton High School, an 11-16 comprehensive, was the first Converter Academy in Salford in 2011. The site is a mixture of old and new buildings, and with over £3.3m invested over the last few years it now boasts some of the best learning facilities in the area.