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AV equipment – in return we’ll be collecting, safely disposing of and upgrading AV units in schools, universities and colleges around the country. These schemes are designed to help schools


and universities comply with the new computing curriculum, so it is important that teachers are aware of these and are taking full advantage of them.


SM: This may prove difficult for schools with old or out-of-date hardware and software. Updating their technology may put pressure on the schools’ budgets.


PC: It depends very much on the


buying decisions schools make. There are more and more options for schools to assess and some commercial organisations are targeting profits from education institutions.


Would you say that most educational institutions in the UK now see installing up-to-date ICT equipment as a priority? If not, should they?


GP: Yes, definitely. Shows like Bet, which


gets bigger and bigger every year, are a clear sign of how much technology has infiltrated the


education system. With the new computing curriculum geared towards equipping children with the skills they need to become active participants in the fast-paced’ digital world, it is becoming more important than ever for schools to invest in up-to-date tech equipment.


JR: Definitely, ICT equipment is not held in a separate lab anymore; technology is integral to much of the curriculum. I would be surprised if any HEI’s are not actively investing in new equipment. The College has set out its strategic plan to


in the process of 3D printing for no cost at all.


Will complying with the new computing curriculum prove difficult for schools on a tight budget?


GP: Again this falls back to who has control of the purse strings and how they are investing the budget. At Casio, we have recently launched a trade-in scheme to offer teachers an incentive for ‘upgrading’ their


provide improved access to mobile digital technologies. This has been a local investment programme with the 1:1 iPad programme. This links to our audio visual plan to incorporate mobile devices in the classroom for improved connectivity for staff and students. We are also supporting the increased use of


online submission and assessment tools, where new technology is essential to enable and support this changing practice. The College digital strategy was introduced two


years ago to improve the capability of staff in relation to their digital competency. It is now entering phase two with the distribution of further devices.


PAUL CROFT director, Ultimaker GB


SHAUN MARKLEW sales director at Sahara Presentation Systems


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