#238 – Digital Strategy for Schools
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What’s in this episode?
In this episode, I chat with Al Kingsley, author of My Secret Edtech Diary, MAT Leader and Edtech CEO. We chat about:
- Essential questions you should be asking around edtech
- Practical considerations for funding and implementing Edtech
- How to create change through informal and formal channels, without doing it all yourself.
Plus, a shout out to listeners around the world.
Al Kingsley, author of My Secret Edtech Diary, MAT Leader and Edtech CEO @AlKingsley_Edu
Al is CEO of NetSupport, with almost 30 years’ experience in all aspects of educational technology. Al has many roles outside of NetSupport, including Chair of a Multi-Academy Trust, Chair of an Alternative Provision Academy, Chair of the area’s Governors’ Leadership Group and county SEND Board.
Al also sits on the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Advisory Board supporting Academies across the south east of the UK. He’s a firm believer in lifelong learning so chairs his Combined Authorities Employment & Skills board as well as being a very active Apprenticeship ambassador for the region.
Al was elected Chair of the BESA’s EdTech Special Interest Group and is an Ambassador for Digital Poverty Alliance, plus a Council member for the Foundation for Education Development (FED). Al has also authored “My Secret #Edtech Diary” and co-authored the ‘Digital Strategy Guide for Schools’ as well as writing for a broad range of Education titles alongside regularly speaking at conferences internationally.
Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie has spoken and moderated at a variety of events including SXSW EDU, Yidan Education Prize, ASU GSV Summit, and the Next Billion Edtech Summit. She is an industry mentor and advisor, a Reimagine Education, GESA Awards, Bett Awards and XPrize Adult Literacy judge, and previous Edtech50 and Edtech Digest winner.
Sophie is passionate about lifelong and everyday learning. If she’s not interviewing a University Vice-Chancellor, Edtech Investor, School Leader, or StartUp about education innovation, she’s engrossed in Teach Your Monster to Read or wrestling her lockdown baby. A keen cyclist, she has recently relocated to West Devon which she considers the English version of the Pyrenees. She is very lucky to work with a distributed team on The Edtech Podcast.
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References from this week’s episode
- Some links on how to try and support Ukraine here and here.
- My Secret Edtech Diary – Order here.
- BESA’s EdTech Special Interest Group
- Ambassador for Digital Poverty Alliance
- Foundation for Education Development (FED)
- Los Angeles Unified School District
- Google Glasses
- Building Schools for the Future
- CheckItOut Show
- Global Young Journalists Awards
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