In 2016 Barker’s Executive acknowledged the use of IT – by students, teachers and staff – was not reaching its potential to properly support teaching and learning within the School.
A comprehensive review was undertaken into student, teacher & parental attitudes to the use of student technology. It revealed that many students were not using their school provided device at home, and were often using personal BYOT devices. The review also determined that there was still a heavy use of fixed devices in learning spaces, and students & teachers were not effectively using the 1:1 devices that students carried.
James Stewart, Director of ICT & eLearning at Barker College, says: “We identified the huge impact of non-integrated technologies on the learning sequence. Many lessons and assessments had to be completed in class time due to use of fixed technology, preventing students from working independently in their own time. And teacher training, in the scope of technology applicable to each subject area, had been limited and lacking in confidence-building inspiration.”
In the latest expansion of Barker’s technology platform, in conjunction with a comprehensive review of how technology was used in teaching and learning, a well supported, rugged tablet-cross-laptop was sought. Functionality, reliability and ease of use being a perennial consideration in learning environments. Students had identified the importance of multi-media recording whilst teachers added a stylus for handwriting to the wish list.
“We were concerned by some, comparatively, lower order skill problems students were experiencing. They were struggling to organise their work. There were issues with handwriting and typing. And we were alert to the potential of long term health effects of technology use, ergonomics and posture.”