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COMPUTING & IT RESOURCES


and government leaders. It is an important skill for students to enter tomorrow’s workforce. This is supported by the majority of the 400 respondents in the Teaching, Technology and Learning study, who indicated that collaborative learning is an important approach at their schools (only 4 percent thought it unimportant). The research concluded that:


• 342 percent more likely to achieve outstanding success when using teaching best practices and complementary technology frequently. The highest success comes from great teaching complemented by software and hardware, in that order.


• Assessment software is most closely tied to success, followed by collaborative and content creative software.


• Interactive front-of-room display hardware outperforms projectors


• The study's findings showed that when teaching that includes collaborative learning is complemented by software and hardware (in that order) the greatest improvement in skill development is achieved.


• Results also showed that outstanding success is 3.4 times more likely to occur when collaborative learning practices and technology are used frequently together in the classroom.


• Other key findings include the respondents' observations that frequent (daily or near-daily) group activity in the classroom is significantly and positively related to social-emotional skill development and supportive metrics. This research demonstrates that many things are required to prepare students for the future. Technology deployments alone do not drive outstanding student results. The effective and healthy ecosystem involves effective technology, professional development and training for teachers, ongoing support and the integration of individual and group technologies. It is clear that mobile and 1:1 are part of this ecosystem and large scale interactive displays are well-established in many environments and showing good momentum for better outcomes.


Effective Implementations and Partnerships In SMART’s 25+ years in education technology, they’ve seen schools experience great success, great frustration, and everything in between when it comes to the technology in classrooms. The right technology partner can go a long way in helping school leaders implement a strategic environment and ecosystem of technology that is effective.


As a school leader, you should create a strategic vision and as with all learning, begin with the end in mind. Think about the learning objectives for your students, the teaching needs of your teachers and how technology can enhance and improve the learning. Some things to keep in mind:


• Does your technology plan give pupils the ability to actively be involved in producing and creating content during the learning process? • Does your ICT plan involve a number of ways to design, support and foster collaboration and learning?


• Does your ICT plan support multiple pedagogies and instructional practices necessary for your changing school populations and to withstand the future? • Does your ICT plan and partner provide robust training for teachers, online and advocacy support for lesson development, content and tips and tricks?


School leaders are not alone in the quest to helping teachers and students succeed. You do not need to know everything about technology, but you must be open to change and seek out partners that can help. SMART, is working with Tes to launch an online space to help school leaders and teachers with tools and ideas for inspiring greatness and improving learning outcomes. This online space –


http:/tes.com/inspiringgreatness shares tools, stories and best practices for unlocking the potential in every student, teacher and school.


About SMART


SMART Technologies Inc. is a world leader in simple and intuitive classroom technology solutions. They are an innovator in software and interactive technologies that enable natural collaboration, helping every student and teacher discover and develop their greatness. To learn more, visit www.smarttech.com.


Methodology


Conducted by Filigree Consulting on behalf of SMART Technologies, the study included over 400 education professionals including educators, specialists, administrators and education IT professionals from 32 countries across the globe.


www.education.smarttech.com September 2017 www.education-today.co.uk 33


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