The increased availability of technology in education is only beneficial if those delivering it know how to use it.
Various studies from the past few years have indicated that teachers have a great belief in the benefits of technology in the classroom, but low confidence in their tech ability to implement it into lessons. A 2019 study by the National Literacy Trust charity found that “almost a quarter (23.3%) of teachers said they have received no training to use technology” (to support literacy in this context).
Free Access to G Suite and Office 365
Educational establishments in the UK receive free access to both G Suite and Office 365. These productivity toolkits are continually expanding, refining and advancing. There are more tools than ever available to aid classroom learning.
Most teachers will have adequate skills in the basic word-processing, presentation and spreadsheet packages of Word/Docs, PowerPoint/Slides and Excel/Sheets. It’s when you delve into the little known tools that the free subscription services afford to education that they become all the more valuable.
Taking on the task of independently exploring each new app and its features is an overwhelming and almost unrealistic ask on a teacher whose time is already stretched as thin as can be. As a quick look, Microsoft’s additional offerings include Sway (digital storytelling app) and Teams (group collaboration software). While Google’s additional apps include Classroom (collaborative working and assignment management) and Hangouts (video chat system).
Training for G Suite and Office 365
Organised training is an excellent way to upskill your teachers and grow confidence. We support our clients’ needs by providing a range of services including:
- independent advice and consultancy for senior management
- skills audits
- staff professional development
- student/staff experience days
- independent evangelism of industry partners products and services
Through a hands-on approach, all participants will develop concrete skills that they’ll be able to use in the classroom. Get in touch for a chat about our programmes and for a copy of our Educational Training Services brochure.
Book a Digital Skills Audit Today
The competence and confidence of teachers in using technology is one of the biggest factors influencing its effectiveness at enhancing teaching and learning. Don’t let the thousands of pounds of hardware and software already invested in your school be underutilised by a lack of training.
M-Tech offer an initial digital skills audit to establish what level your teachers are currently at. We use this to build a training programme that is both relevant and meaningful. Talk to us today to book yours.
Migrating to G Suite or Office 365
Your school or college will more than likely already be committed one way or the other. That doesn’t mean you have to stay that way. You may decide at some point that G Suite is a better fit for your teachers and students than Office 365, or vice versa. We can help you set up and migrate either way.
Speak to us for further information on how we can arrange a professional, risk-free installation of either Office 365 or G Suite.
At M-Tech we want to help you create learning environments which fully exploit the investment in your existing classroom technology. An investment in teacher training now can deliver a much bigger return all round, by improving students’ academic progress and prospects later in life. Talk to us about training for Office 365 and G Suite today.