March 2018 - ISC's Commercial Director, Diane Glass, chaired a panel session on the edtech needs of international schools during the BETT Show. Panellist Duncan Silcock, Director of Digital Learning at Brighton College in Abu Dhabi, said: "Integration has recently become a big focus, whether that be with Google or Office 365. How software resources integrate with workflow solutions and MIS (SIS) has a significant impact."
Principal of The British School in Tokyo, Brian Christian, another member of the panel, said that technology changes had been significant for the school in the past few years. "We have made great investment in infrastructure and IT support in order to accommodate a significant increase in the number and variety of devices," he said. "We have issued iPads to all teaching staff and introduced one-to-one iPads in Key Stages 2 and 3. We have made a significant increase in provision of sets of mobile devices (iPads, Chromebooks, laptops) across the school from EYFS upwards. We have also made greater investment in tech-related CPD and parental engagement." Looking to the immediate future of edtech in the school, Brian said: "We will be placing more emphasis on student, parent and teacher guidance of tech usage. We are planning further personalisation of learning based on wider, deeper use of data. We are continuing a move away from school-owned mobile devices and towards BYOD (bring your own devices) as the focus switches to infrastructure and specialist hard and software. And we will be making broader use of video technology and AR (augmented reality) to support VLEs (virtual learning environments) and to enhance staff CPD, possibly leading to closer collaboration between schools in different parts of the world."
"We are hearing similar feedback time and time again from international schools this year," said Diane. "Education technology is now a priority investment by almost all international schools to ensure they remain rigorous and cutting-edge within the increasingly competitive schools market. It's an important time for edtech suppliers to assess and address the needs of international schools if they are to fully benefit from the huge opportunities that exist within a sector that is able and willing to invest significantly."
This panel discussion is further supported by a new research report that ISC launched at BETT. The survey researched almost 700 English-medium international schools from all regions of the world regarding their use of management systems.
Full copies of the new Management System Supplying the Market Report are available from ISC Research for a special BETT launch price throughout February 2018 of £250. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information