The Impact of Digital in Education – Interview

I had the oppatunity to chat to Joe from Browser Media about technology and education this week. It was a great chat which you can watch below. I have included an extract from the original article as well as a direct link to the interview.

For episode 10 of The Digital Brew, I went back to the classroom.

To be more specific, I was chatting to Matt Britland,  Director of IT and Digital Strategy at the impressive Alleyn’s School, about the impact that digital technology has had in education. Digital technology has changed all our lives but I was interested to explore how education has evolved during the digital revolution.

I really enjoyed chatting to Matt and we clearly failed to hit our target of 20-25mins for our chat, but there was still a lot that I was hoping to discuss that we didn’t find time for.

Grab a brew, turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy Matt’s words of wisdom:

Link to article: The Impact of Digital in Education 

Big thanks to Joe for getting in touch.

iPad Mobile Learning Scheme – Video

I worked at LEH for 4 1/2 half years and was responsible for digital strategy. A large part of what I did whilst I was there was implementing LEH’s 1:1 iPad mobile learning solution.

We worked very closely with Western Computer who not only supplied the devices but supported us through the process.

Western Computer produced a great video about our journey.

Classoos: The Digital Textbook Platform

Watch the video above to learn more.

Since I started our 1:2:1 iPad journey we have searching for digital textbook platform to provide digital books to our students and teachers.

We were lucky enough to be introduced to Classoos last year. After seeing the product we decided it was the platform we had been searching for. They have been able to provide an excellent solution that has enabled us to use one platform across the school.

Digital textbooks can have layers of information added to them by teachers or students. These layers can be text notes, web links or video. Each textbook can be customised to the needs of each teacher and students. If a teacher add a video to their book, they can choose to send it to their class so the students get the video added to the copy of the book on their iPad. These layers can also be shared with other teachers.

Classoos uses information from the schools MIS to populate classes saving a huge amount of time for teachers and the IT department. I use Firefly as our learning platform and Classoos has set up a single sign on to make logging in quick and easy. Time spent distributing and collecting books should be reduced and we know that we will have the most up-to-date books as the digital copies up date with out the need to buy new paper books.

Teachers also have the ability to upload their own resources to the platform. They appear to students like any other digital books and layers can be added in the same way.

Photocopying and printing costs schools a huge amount of money and the Classoos platform can help reduce that by distributing resources digitally.

Classoos Is an excellent solution for any school wanting to adopt a digital textbook platform.


A Contemporary School Computer Room

I wanted to design a Computing room that moved away from the traditional layout. For decades IT rooms in schools have been arranged with rows of computers and have tended to be a very uninspiring rooms to learn in.

The Student Gateway development has given us an excellent opportunity to create an innovative, exciting and inspirational room that will wow students, teachers and parents alike and be an excellent learning environment. It will show Computing as a creative subject that will give students a chance to work in somewhere similar to that of technology companies or universities.

It will contain different areas to provide flexible learning spaces for students to work individually and collaboratively using a range of technologies.

At the front of the classroom is where students will sit to work on their PCs. All students will be able to see each other as well as the interactive flat screen. This will give the room more of an inclusive feel. Student are also able to sit on the soft furnishing at the front for teacher demonstrations and class discussions or to work on their iPads.

At the top left is a breakfast bar style piece of furniture facing a flat screen. This can work as both a collaborative place for students to work as well as a place for the girls to sit and work individually. Students can sit and work on their iPads, work in groups as well as being able to mirror their device to the flat screen to show work for example.  

The area in the top right is for physical computing and soldering, several students can work on this table at the same time. The table also splits in two to giver the space area more flexibility. The flat panel display in this section can be used to connect computers or iPads to.


Using Virtual Reality To Showcase Work (Photoshop)

Using the CoSpaces website and Google Cardboard students in Year 9 will create a virtual reality gallery to showcase their graphic design/Photoshop project.

The video below is a tutorial on how they will create the gallery.

Education technology: what’s new?

This article was originally published by Winter’s International School Finder website.

When you go on school visits it’s good to be primed on some of the cutting-edge developments in technology that you might encounter. In this article Matt Britland, Director of ICT at The Lady Eleanor Holles School, takes Winter’s readers on a whistle-stop tour of some of the ways that schools are embracing the future…

Technology is an integral part of any school’s teaching and learning strategy. It is continually developing and helping to support and improve the ways teachers and students work. It can sometimes be hard to keep on top of the ways technology is being integrated into schools so I have compiled a list of some of the latest tech developments.

One-to-one devices

Many schools are using class sets of iPads or other tablets to support, enhance and transform teaching and learning. Class iPads are fantastic and they are a very useful tool. However, to get the most out of tablets a one-to-one strategy is best. According to a recent survey from Tablets for Schools, in 9% of UK schools there was an individual tablet for every student.
Tablets have become classroom tools

More and more schools are taking advantage of the exciting opportunities that tablets and other devices offer. In Apple’s new iOS 9.3 release they have built in classroom tools for the teacher, making it even easier to manage the iPads their students are using. With a well thought-out digital strategy one-to-one devices can revolutionise teaching and learning in schools.


Many students are more than comfortable using technology, which is fantastic, but often pupils lack the underlying knowledge of how applications are created or how computers are programmed. Coding is now becoming popular in schools, as not only does it teach twenty-first century skills but it also teaches students problem solving skills, collaboration skills and critical thinking.

Websites like CodeAvengers and Codecademy are helping teachers and students to learn to code in a fun and engaging way. These websites are great to use in a classroom or at home, and enable students to work independently and to learn and progress at their own pace.

Cloud storage / online documents

Online services like Google Drive are giving schools the opportunity to take advantage of ‘the cloud’. Google Drive enables schools, teachers and students to not only store documents, video and other files online but to create documents online too. These documents are then available across devices and accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.

Documents created and stored in ‘the cloud’ allow users a greater degree of collaboration. For example, multiple students can work on a document together in real time from multiple locations. It is a very powerful tool! The best news for schools is that it is free and education institutions get unlimited storage. Microsoft have also released their own product called Office 365.
‘The cloud’ allows for greater collaboration


According to the BBC 35% of today’s jobs are at risk of being automated over the next 20 years. The increasing role of robots in the future is being recognised by schools and we are seeing robotics taught more and more.

Building robots using kits like Lego Mindstorms EV3 can be a rewarding as well as educational activity. Combine this with programming and students are able to create bespoke robots that can carry out a whole range of tasks autonomously using a variety of sensors. These robots can even be programmed using an app on a tablet device. The low-cost Sparki kit is based on the popular Arduino platform and is equipped with sensors, motors and outputs, enabling students to control the hardware with either graphical or command line software. Robotics can be used to teach students the important skills of problem-solving and programming.

To read the rest of the article head over to Winter’s International School Finder.