Google G Suite for Education and Microsoft 365 for Education have proved their huge value to schools and pupils during all the disruption to school and colleges this year. The use of these technologies has given schools and academy trusts a unified platform that has enabled them to continue to educate and engage their students, whether they are on campus or learning from home.
Working across 40 primary and secondary schools in the South of the UK, we have seen first hand, how schools have pushed their knowledge of Teams and G Suite to deliver live classes during lock-down. We have been truly impressed by the way teaching staff have embraced tech and risen to the challenge of widespread remote learning.
Whilst there had been a gradual shift in schools using these platforms and a greater number of specialist education tools, Coronavirus has accelerated the process of change. The digital classroom is clearly here to stay. We have seen this, not just as IT suppliers, but as part of the school on-site team, managing networks and as the IT help desk.
We are also receiving more requests from school business managers for web cams, speakers, tablets and laptops than ever before. If your school is looking to invest in new equipment, Google or Microsoft for Education, we are here to help you with decision making.
We appreciate any IT or network investment can be costly and, as a first step, we recommend sitting down with you and making an IT plan with clear educational and management goals. This will drive the procurement of a new digital platform and software that is fit for purpose, and outline what can be achieved to agreed timescales and budget.
Techs4Education also operates a T4E Hardware Fund Scheme. This gives our schools cash for additional hardware they need. We know budgets are tight and share any hardware supplier discounts we achieve with our schools.
Schools that don’t currently have a digital education platform are currently eligible for Government funding and schools that already have Office 365 Education or G Suite, but are not yet set up to assign work and communicate with pupils, are also eligible. Click Here for more details.