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Evaluation of the ICT Register

This is an evaluation of the ICT Register, a service developed by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) as a website and associated database to share expertise in ICT from leading, Registered Schools.
When Jan 01, 2007 to
Mar 30, 2007
Where Brentwood

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This is an evaluation of the ICT Register carried out from December 2006 to March 2007 by Core Education UK. The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust [SSAT] has developed the ICT Register as a website and associated database to share expertise in ICT from leading, Registered Schools. Crucially this is underpinned with face-to-face meetings, network support and conference activities to develop expertise in ICT in Education in the school sector.
The evaluation was carried out through recorded and transcribed telephone and face-to-face interviews, gathering of quantitative data, attendance at ICT Register events and analysis of transcripts, observations and the data. The evaluators found the ICT Register to offer very good value for money with clear evidence of positive impact on schools and individuals. It was also clear that there is potential for further significant benefits subject to funding and commitment to the vision. The combination of features incorporated in the website and related activities is unique. A key feature is that the activities are practitioner driven and are supported by sensitive and thoughtful encouragement and monitoring. The ICT Register team are keen to ensure the ICT Register employs appropriate technologies and that new or improved elements are included when and where appropriate. The team rightly pride themselves on listening carefully to suggestions from the practitioners. The responses are prompt yet carefully considered.
The practitioners are empowered by the structure and feel a sense of ownership. Their enthusiasm and professional altruism create a dynamic atmosphere rather than that of a library with an ambience of silent contemplation. The ICT Register is clearly by practitioners for practitioners. Every respondent recognised its value – and none could suggest an alternative that provides all the different components.
The practitioners are generating new knowledge. They recognised that the ICT Register was impacting positively on them and their schools. The evaluators believe that with further support, the ICT Register offers a mechanism to achieve cultural change in the use of ICT in education.
The opportunity for any practitioner, whether teacher or support staff, to investigate an area of interest and then interrogate an ‘expert’ practitioner to gain further insight and tacit knowledge is a key feature. This feature is fundamental to effecting change. Respondents recognise the Register as a powerful tool for continuing professional development. They value the commitment and dedication of the Register team. The activities which supplement and support the Register serve to highlight best practice, encourage research and innovation and support national initiatives.

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— Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, Lewis Carroll, 1893

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