I will be running the first ed-invent of 2015 at Magna Academy School in Poole on Feb. 9th. This will be a sort of INSET day for a small group drawn from the senior management teams across the Aspirations Academy Trust.
I spent a few hours at Magna last week and wasn’t surprised when one of the students I spoke with said that she really liked software like ShowMyHomework , but that ‘I have to log in from home to see what my homework is because the school network is too slow’.
Magna’s a new build BSF school with loads of computers, whiteboards and edtech ‘stuff’, but without some serious improvements to its network this big investment in edtech won’t help drive improved learning outcomes. This isn’t a problem unique to the UK; a survey of US schools showed up to 80% lack bandwidth to support rich media and even worse the cost they pay per MB of data varied from £26.50 to just £0.16!