For Hardenhuish School, remaining innovative in its use of new technology to support teaching and learning was becoming difficult. Until the ICT Strategy Group saw potential in the cloud supported by Salamander.
A school that seeks to give its students and teachers the best and latest technology has to be not only up to date with trends and innovations but also aware of what’s possible within an always tight budget. In many schools – Hardenhuish among them – this has led to a position where replacing ageing computer provision like-for -like is not the best or most cost effective option.
The Salamander SharePoint portal which is now at the start of working up towards its full potential is going to meet a long standing need at Hardenhuish.
The school has been seeking a technological route to becoming the ‘community of learning’ which David Clarke envisages.
Matt Evans describes how some years ago he and colleagues looked at various proprietary VLE products which turned out not to offer the return on investment that they were looking for. Even the free open-source ‘Moodle’, which the school still has, needs a level of in-house support which the team simply does not have time to provide. SalamanderSoft, and Microsoft Office 365 together cut through all of those barriers. Says Matt Evans, ‘The pricing point is good, offering competitive value for money.’ Most remarkable of all is the way that staff and students have begun very quickly to seize on the benefits for teaching and learning which are on offer.