We all know the impact that technology can have, when used well. The last twelve months has seen a rapid upskilling of both pupils and teachers, as well as a world of new learning possibilities opened up. At Dover College we are committed to combining the best of learning and teaching techniques, traditional and technological, to provide our pupils with the best possible education and preparation for life beyond school.
On 23rd January 2021 we were delighted to launch the College’s new digital strategy. This exciting project has been made possible by the generous support of The Dover College Trust, who will provide the funding for this.
The first phase of development involves major upgrades to the College’s infrastructure, including new networking and Wi-Fi. It is anticipated that these works will be complete by the end of February.
The next phase will see the College equip all pupils from Prep 3 upwards with an iPad. This device will be for them to use at school and at home, and will be configured with the apps and settings appropriate to their age and individual curriculum. It will be managed by the College IT Team, who will be able to provide support – remotely or in person -as required. Updates and new apps or settings can be provided “over the air”, whether the child is at school or at home. Each iPad will come with a rugged keyboard case, to offer protection against the bumps and knocks likely in a school context as well as the ability for pupils to type. Accidental damage and theft insurance will be provided. Pupils in Reception, Prep 1 and Prep 2 will also have access to iPads as necessary during lessons.
By selecting a consistent device for all pupils, the many hurdles of a BYOD (“bring your own device”) scheme, as operated by many schools, can be avoided. The use of technology within the classroom should be seamless, without the challenges posed by differing equipment, software and chargers. We are pleased to be supported by a third party Apple Authorised Reseller and Google for Education Partner.