SAINT GEORGE'S CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL
the story so far...
Saint George’s is a Church of England School in Kent with an ethos centred around the development of responsible, articulate and confident pupils, fully prepared for adult life.
They partnered with JTRS to deploy a Mac solution within the creative subjects of Media Studies and Music.
what was the impact?
Pupils are producing higher quality outcomes and developing a much greater sense of pride in their work thanks to the intuitive interface of the Mac and apps such as Garageband and iMovie.
Teachers are utilising the Mac on a regular basis within lessons and have a much greater level of confidence in using the technology effectively and with purpose.
JTRS were able to provide the whole solution, including the technology supply, technical expertise and support and bespoke training for teachers and pupils.
Saint George’s felt that JTRS took the time to understand their vision for the technology and built the most suitable solution to achieve the desired teaching and learning outcomes.
LEARNING WITH MAC
St George’s is a Church of England school in Kent that are utilising Mac within their creative subjects of Music and Media.They partnered with JTRS in May 2014 to deploy a new Mac solution including technical installation and ongoing support. Head of ICT Luke Dobson explains how Mac is supporting teaching and learning development.
Starting with 'Why?'
Did you have a vision for embedding the technology into the curriculum?
We wanted to deploy the Mac computers to further develop the teaching and learning within Music and Media Studies. Software such as Final Cut Pro and Logic provide us with industry standard platforms for pupils and teachers to work on. We wanted to enable pupils to become more creative and have greater opportunity to develop their self-confidence and skills.
Why did you choose to invest in Mac?
To provide pupils with an industry standard platform on which they could develop creativity, confidence and skills that will be required in their future careers. The Mac also provides some powerful, built-in, accessibility features which enable all pupils to access learning at a similar level. The range of powerful applications available free for Mac are also of benefit to us. For example iBooks Author will enable teachers and pupils to produce media-rich resources to support teaching and learning within Media and Music.
Why were JTRS the right partner for you?
JTRS were able to provide us with the whole solution, incorporating not just the supply of the equipment but also the technical expertise and curriculum development knowledge. We felt that they understood what we wanted to achieve with the introduction of the Mac computers and were best placed to support us in the ongoing development of our vision.
Why did you invest in technical support with JTRS and why do you feel that it was important?
The JTRS technical engineers have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to integrating Mac into existing Windows networks. They were able to seamlessly link the Mac computers into our network so pupils are able to log into the Mac computers using the same credentials they use on the PCs. We have invested in a Technical Support Agreement with JTRS and are always impressed with how quickly they respond to our requests and their consistently high levels of professionalism.
Why did you invest in training with JTRS and why do you feel that it is important?
The JTRS Trainers are experienced teachers and educators and as a result they are able to relate to our staff and the environment they work in. The training we have received on Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro has been fantastic and staff have been utilising the software regularly and confidently within their lessons. The JTRS engineers have also provided our IT Technicians with training on the effective management of our new Mac solution. This has resulted in our internal resource being able to deal with any basic issues quickly and efficiently.
What impact has the introduction of iPad had on teaching and learning?
Following the training with JTRS our Music and Media teachers are able to utilise the software confidently within their lessons. The seamless technical solution also means that staff utilise the Mac computers more regularly as they are confident they will operate superbly each lesson. The quality of teaching has improved within each course due to increased staff skill sets and confidence in the hardware and software.
The Macs have provided our students with access to software that they would utilise in their future careers. As a result the new skills they are developing will benefit them not only in school but also in the long term. Logic Pro is supporting pupils to vastly improve the quality of their audio production for coursework and as a result they seem to have a greater sense of pride in their work.