A simple question to start; can you tell me, briefly, why a digital strategy is so important for schools?
We see a requirement for digital strategy in two places.
Firstly on an institutional level: schools must buy technology to fulfil concrete pedagogical objectives, otherwise the tech won’t be used and initiatives will fail. Institutional strategies should not dictate the amount of equipment needed, but should clearly show how technology can be used to improve teaching and learning.
The second need for strategy is at a broader level: from government. At the moment, there is a lack of coherent UK-wide digital strategy for educators. Guidance is fragmented, and teachers often report a lack of independent information to help them when procuring classroom technology. A coherent digital strategy from government will help educators make informed decisions in technology purchasing and, post-implementation, can help them ensure ROI on their investment.
New technology, like streaming services, has changed the way that Canadians connect with each other, do business and discover, access and consume content. Now more than ever, Canadians go online. To keep up with these changes we must modernize our legislative framework so that Canadian artists, artisans, businesses, consumers and broadcasters can adapt and thrive in a changing environment.
As committed to in Budget 2017, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the launch of a review of the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act. The Radiocommunication Act will also be reviewed.
The country’s rules around broadcasting and telecommunications are set to undergo a sweeping review as the Liberals look to cut the price of mobile phone plans and force streaming services to lend more help to Canadian content.
An expert panel will have the next year and a half to help modernize the country’s broadcasting regulations to respond to growing concerns about an uneven playing field between domestic providers and online streaming giants like Netflix and Spotify.
Key to any successful digital initiative is solid project management practices, as today’s projects are more complex, technologies are ever-changing, and stakeholders want results more quickly than ever.
On average, 71 percent of projects of so-called “innovator” organizations are risk-tolerant and have made disruptive technologies a priority and met their business goals, according to a newly released report, Maximizing the Benefits of Disruptive Technologies on Projects from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
The PMI defines innovators as organizations with a mature digital transformation strategy. That’s compared to 60 percent of “laggards,” organizations that are risk-averse, have an immature digital strategy and put digital transformations low on the priority list, the survey finds.
ENTERPRISE MOBILITY EXCHANGE
Best Buy Canada is proud to announce that 13 elementary schools across the country have been selected to receive funding of up to $10,000 each through the Best Buy School Tech Grant program.
The recipient schools will use these grants to motivate and engage their students with the latest in computer and digital technology. The tech upgrades will support initiatives such as makerspaces, virtual reality field trips, tech for children at-risk, and even a digital media program.
“Every year, we are overwhelmed with the number of quality applications we receive from teachers and principals across the country,” said Karen Arsenault, Best Buy Canada’s Community Investment Manager. “We know how technology transforms the learning experience and we’re thrilled to be able to provide innovative resources to more schools across Canada to help students prepare for their future.”