Ed Tech Demonstrator Schools
Demonstrator schools are a network of providers who have shown they can use technology effectively and have the capacity to help other schools and colleges to do the same.
They have supported a range of schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak by helping those schools who are most in need of support, have recently adopted an online learning platform or have high numbers of disadvantaged learners. The support package includes advice, training, online tutorials, webinars and recorded content.
Google: Lea Forest Academy
Microsoft: Pheasey Park Farm School
St Alban’s Catholic Primary School in partnership with Bishop Challoner Catholic College, is one of the four EdTech Demonstrators in the West Midlands.
In the last phase of the programme, St Alban’s and Bishop Challoner supported over 90 schools, primary and secondary. We worked mainly with schools that had just started to use, or were about to start using, Microsoft Teams. The support included supporting the implementation of the platform for teaching remotely, the setting and marking of student work, assessment and tracking of progress. Staff were supported with using EdTech to improve teaching and learning, back-office functions and day to day administration.
Types of support varied, from 1:1 coaching, bespoke curriculum team training to whole school evidence-informed CPD/webinars, sharing of resources and opportunities to network and share best practice with other schools. Platforms such as Google Workspace and Seesaw were also supported, and a wide range of other software.
We have an EdTech Team of expert staff from partner schools, covering a large range of specialisms. We will continue with our previous types of support as well as the specific areas of:
• school/college recovery – including supporting the delivery of effective online or blended learning
• reducing teacher workload – through effective and efficient use of technology and collaboration tools
• school/college improvement plans – including working together on the development of a sustainable integrated digital strategy
• school/college resource management – including using EdTech for more efficient administration and to improve workflow.