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Emerging Technologies Project

Background

Neath Port Talbot Council (NPT) has a vision that will deliver a culture of learning that prepares young people to face the challenges of the 21st Century.  Its primary function is to address learners’ diverse learning styles, needs and interests through innovative use of 21st century teaching and learning environments.

A primary driver for our transformation agenda will be the use of ICT to support teaching and learning.  NPT has a proven track record of delivering cutting edge technology to its learning community and aims to build on this technology to facilitate transformation across all of our learning establishments.  NPT has a whole authority approach to ICT developments in a bid to ensure all learners have the same opportunities.  This means that any developments included in this project must be scalable across the authority.

Significant investment in new technology has assisted in realising the vision for teaching and learning throughout the authority.  New technologies have been prioritised and implemented in consultation with all the key stakeholders who are referenced through established forums and governance groups.

The Education Library Resource Service (ELRS) has been heavily involved in promoting emerging technologies with schools as an alternative to the traditional resources that have previously been loaned.  They are offering support not only through loans but also working with schools at a strategic level to assist in setting a vision of how this technology can be implemented into the learning environment.  Additionally ELRS are researching apps and supplying information through their NPTLG Website and Twitter feed.

Most of the emerging technologies rely on internet connectivity to provide full functionality.  The ICT section has procured a centralised Wireless solution to facilitate a School Apple network.  Every school that has made an investment in wireless technology will be able to use this network and there is a roll out underway.  Schools wishing to expand their wireless provision will have a simple cost matrix which will allow them to choose how many access points they require, which will then be deployed by the ICT section.

Aim

NPT wishes to continue embracing emerging technologies to better understand the impact which these technologies may have on teaching and learning. The current pace at which technology is changing is unprecedented and we are committed to the evaluation of different technologies to ensure the learners of NPT are given every possible opportunity.

The driver for this project is school improvement.  There needs to be an understanding that we are not simply procuring technology for technology sake.  We need to understand how emerging technology can assist in raising standards in schools and improve pupil outcomes.  The school improvement team will have a critical role in assessing how these technologies are impacting on the learners.  There is a need to improve literacy and numeracy standards across the authority and as such, these areas will be prioritised.  In addition, we believe emerging technologies will benefit engagement in learning and self-esteem.

We need to be clear that this project is not focusing on a specific technology.  Investigations into various brands and devices will be undertaken to ensure we are utilising the correct technology in the relevant environment.

Shared Outcomes

The Neath Port Talbot Learning Gateway will have an area developed where all participants can share information regarding this project.  We aim to develop a shared knowledgebase which will assist the schools during the pilot but also provide valuable information to other schools post project.

The area will contain information relating to the devices, applications including where they are being used, identification of impact, plus discussion areas and feedback forums.

Training

Ensuring that the teachers can utilise this technology will become paramount to the success of this project.  If teaching staff are unable to integrate emerging technologies into their lesson planning, then the technology will not realise its full potential.  The project will rely heavily on the school improvement team in identifying relevant training requirements as part of this project.

Scope

Schools included in the Pilot Project are:

Project Sponsor
Andrew Thomas
Schools
Alderman Davies CIW
Caryl Dobson
Blaenbaglan Primary
Peter Curnow
Croeserw Primary
Gail McAlister
Cymer Afan Comprehensive Mike Tate​
Dyffryn Comprehensive
Martin Grimes
Eastern Primary
Helen Woodford
Gnoll Primary
Rhys Harris
Groes Primary
Louise Jefford
Pontrhydyfen Primary
Owain Hyett
Rhydyfro Primary
Sarah Griffiths
St Joseph's Catholic Junior School
Mike Daley
Tywyn Primary Rhodri Phillips
YGG Rhosafan Primary
Julia Griffiths
Support Services
 
 
 
 
School Improvement
Anne Stoker
School Improvement
Hayley Lervy
School Improvement
Rob Davies
School Improvement
Mandy Thomas
ELRS
Clive Biscoe
ICT - Schools & Learning
Chris Owen
ICT - Schools & Learning
Spencer Blewett
ICT - Schools & Learning
Jayne Thomas