With schools currently relying heavily on technology, having a digital strategy in place has never been more important. With that in mind, NetSupport’s Managing Director and Chair of a Multi-Academy Trust, Al Kingsley, recently wrote an article for SecEd discussing digital strategy and collaborations between schools and edtech companies.
One of the main takeaways from the Department for Education’s digital strategy which was launched last year (DfE, 2019), was that we need “the future of technology in education to be driven by collaboration”.
The education industry sees a huge amount of collaboration, whether that’s between educators, with charities, government initiatives or with parents and students. However, ‘school leaders can be more wary’ when it comes to collaborating with commercial suppliers, writes Al. However, done right, he says: ‘co-production benefits school as much as supplier, giving preferential and cost-effective access to state-of-the-art technologies’.