Just 3 years ago Pembrokeshire County Council had a plan to make the very best use of digital technology in schools. It had the great idea that online learning could reduce support and transport costs and give students a wider choice of subjects right there in their schools. Now the plan is to bus them daily on a 30 mile round trip to a centralised 6th form unit.
In its Strategic Plan for School Organisation 2012-2016, the Council said it would use digital technology to:
- Support teaching and learning across all areas of the curriculum
- Offer a ‘mixed economy’: whole class; group; mini suite; laptop; specialist suites, etc.
- Enable schools and learners to access provision remotely, and enable learners to work independently and to follow personalised learning programmes.
- Seek, where appropriate, to remodel surplus spaces to develop resource areas that will support personalised and independent learning.
It wanted to use
- Video conferencing and a transformational virtual world to provide a continuum of resources that will bind the educational community together and support learners in highly innovative ways.
- this approach will, over time, reduce support and transport costs by enabling learners to access wider curriculum options at the point of need.
What great ideas!