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For November and December, we’re bringing you Leading The Way, a series all about being an effective school leader. We’ll be publishing articles on the likes of staff wellbeing, school communities, curriculum planning, CPD and networking. Then there’s the case of edtech, which offers schools a variety of challenges and opportunities.

“To state the obvious, technology is now fully embedded in our lives,” says edtech specialist Terry Freedman. “It therefore stands to reason that a school in which technology is not part of the very fabric of the place is likely to be seen as somehow not quite part of the ‘real world’.

“Being a technology-rich school is no longer merely a ‘nice-to-have’ - it is essential. Put simply, why would anyone stay in an environment in which their job is made harder because of the lack of time and labour-saving software, if they have the choice of working in a better-equipped school?”

With this in mind, enjoy these amazing articles, which are powered by edtech solutions provider Groupcall.

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Given how important and useful digital devices have become in education, industry expert Chris Wiseman gives specific reasons why BYOD is so paramount. As published in the September 2013 edition of our magazine. Schools have and always will be faced with tough decisions when it comes to new technology: Which platform to purchase? What codes and practices to adopt? Perhaps the most difficult choices come during the early phases of emerging ...
The rise in the popularity of BYOD in schools raises a number of data security issues for school leaders to consider. What is BYOD? There has been a huge rise in the popularity of hand-held and tablet devices in the last few years, and some schools may allow staff to use their own personal devices to access school systems. This is commonly known as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, ...
What is the most important change you can make to your BYOD programme? For Principal Eric Sheninger, it was doing away with writing out a user name and password for every student who wanted to gain access to the network. Together with good policies and infrastructure, he argues, trust and respect for students is vital for a successful BYOD strategy. My first ever post on the topic just provided a ...
The bring your own device (BYOD) trend, where pupils bring their own tablets, smart phones or laptops to school, is already making its mark in the education sector. However, it doesn’t have to be yet another technology dilemma; with careful planning and consideration schools can enjoy an efficient transition to BYOD. Here are the top ten tips to consider: 1. Keep an eye on costs Budget restrictions are a continuous ...
As ushering classrooms into the digital age becomes increasingly expensive during a time of severe cuts to public services, Steve Hammond, President of Fiberlink International, explores the security challenges that the education sector needs to overcome in order to turn BYOD (bring your own device) from a pipe dream into a reality. Over the past two decades, successive governments have used various political platforms to promote the importance of technology ...
Whether to allow pupils to bring their own technology into the classroom is a subject that divides opinion. Will BYOD, short for bring your own device, help schools to save money by reducing spending on school owned ICT? Or, is permitting pupils to use their own laptops or tablets in lessons a security nightmare waiting to happen? Although many are yet to be convinced of the benefits of using student ...

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