In an age of digital disruption, where the model for delivering education will change in the face of new media of delivery, schools will have to normalize the use of digital within their walls. Sadly, there will be no one-size model for every school to adopt wholesale – schools will be on a spectrum of digitization – from fairly basic adoption to a full-scale blended model.
To succeed, digital must be a part of the way a school does things, and there’s a number of things to consider:
A digital platform that allows for schools to adapt it to their own needs which is intuitive for the user while containing the functional needs of parents, student and teachers.
Content on that platform that meets and anticipates those needs. This content will come from the curation of quality content on the web, the signing of network wide licensing deals and the creation of bespoke content (which may even have re-sale value).
A policy on formatting which understand the digital habits of pupils, teachers and parents
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Digital Professional Development
A program of digital professional development for teachers which encourages them to adopt digital methodologies and encourages them to do so.
A program of needs analysis with the IT team to enable them to equip schools with the capacity to deliver digital education and the creation of digital delivery programs for each school.
A program to develop a digital curriculum for pupils to set accepted standards across the network (with the provision for different standards for different schools models) on devices, formats, storage, behavior and so on.
The long-term adoption of better data gathering on attendance, performance, achievement etc to create data profiles of pupils to better personalize and incentivise their education.
The creation of a culture of innovation and experimentation to allow the digitally savvy to develop their own digital work, with a network to share that best practice.
A school evolving into a digital organisztion is, by definition, new to the market – content and format especially. It will need to make partnerships with companies large and small to facilitate speedier delivery of projects
A school needs to change its external reputation to one of a digitally aware company. Much of this comes from delivering rather than talking about it, but the school must look to change the way we present itself. This starts with the websites, but also includes presence at conferences, the range of contacts, the external messaging, and more.