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Strategic planning for online learning
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2.1 Scenarios prompt

Describe the positive scenario for your school. Some ideas are given below. Amend, add or delete them to suit your own situation.

  • The school’s network is robust and secure: WIFI is available in all the settings pupils use and the firewall is robust.
  • Pupils can easily access systems and course materials away from school
  • Pupils can personalise their experience of school systems
  • Staff and pupils have support to use their own devices and third-party services
  • Innovative uses of technology for learning and teaching are supported ( any safety/security risks are communicated clearly to staff and pupils)
  • Communication technologies are used to support pupils in remote settings e.g. from home or when on work experience or school trips
  • Teaching staff and pupils are involved in development projects to enhance the learning environment
  • Digital technologies are used as a core element in our sustainable school plan. 
  • Other…

Now consider:

  1. How would the school benefit if this scenario were fully realised?
  2. In what ways is your school already moving towards this scenario?
  3. What are the barriers?

Describe the negative scenario for your school. Some ideas are given below. Amend, add or delete them to suit your own situation.

  • Staff and pupils are barred from using their own devices and services on your networks
  • There are no clear policies on 'Bring your own device', 'Switch it on' etc
  • The IT team is very risk-averse
  • The IT team is too busy with upgrades to support innovative uses of the software/network
  • There are still significant gaps in network coverage and/or pupils cannot get access from home
  • There is a danger that very skilful students may subvert or abuse school systems.
  • Other….

Now consider:

  1. What would be the likely consequences of this scenario?
  2. In what ways is your school already at risk of this outcome?
  3. What can you start doing now to minimise the risks?