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However, I was extremely surprised to find that a little bit of Google and Apple culture would be found at a Scottish Local Authority.
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I've been advocating for the importance of culture and the role that sales plays in EdTech integration... and how broken the sales process is, or how important it is to iterate to achieve "Product Market Fit," and that this is a messy and collaborative process.
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When I hear about work like this I want to know how it evolved to become so successful. The phrases that I kept hearing during my discussions with Malcolm and Stuart were;
"We are teachers with classroom experience, so when we work with schools we know what the issues are" and "For the sake of the learners"
This "For the sake of the learners" is something that all the educators I admire seem to have in common. Educators like this have said to me in the past "If we innovate our way out of a job, and it benefits the kids... then we'll do it"
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I'm talking about the ability to co-create, collaborate, roll out and even have the odd constructive (heated if need be) debate about the technology "For the sake of the learner"
These guys seem to have put a lot of hustle into embedding the technology, technology that they had piloted with teachers and know is sustainable before rolling the product or service out. Malcolm's blog is also a great tool for helping deliver the "Whole Product Solution"
They then provide feedback and ideas to enhance the tech for the mutual benefit for them and their colleagues.
I would have said that the approach they take is the same as why Apple Pay gets 72 million downloads within 24 hours. Malcolm and Stuart "Ship early" on a small scale then make decisions based on the feedback they get.
NB This meeting and post was written prior to reading this post: Networked PC setup for all Falkirk Primary Schools.I don't know what other Local Authority ICT managers or District Tech Integration advisors make of this post, or even if they see the genius in it but... as far as I am concerned it is 100% total and utter genius!
I'd be extremely keen to hear if anyone else has a similar set up or practice when it comes to the integration of technology in their school(s).
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I don't know if I should, but I'm not. This is the way that startups operate. They trust their teams to get on with things. I think that there would be more innovation if more people did this.
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How to Lead Future Focused Change
On the 24th September the conditions for change in Scottish education were ideal, people were buoyed up by some of the Scottish Learning Festival presentations. Today the conditions are still good.