Stone Group, the UK-based ICT solutions provider to the public sector, has announced a partnership with Tablet Academy, the specialist training and consultancy provider to the education sector. The partnership, named TalkTechTeach, will provide a complete consultancy, purchase, training and support service to customers who are buying new mobile hardware, particularly tablets.
The TalkTechTeach partnership aims to help education providers avoid ‘naïve purchasing’ of unsuitable hardware, where devices are chosen for their ubiquity or form factor. The partnership will perform a complete audit of the capabilities each device needs to be able to support students to succeed at their given subject, and help customers choose hardware accordingly.
Tablet Academy provides specialist consultancy and training for schools and colleges that are looking to embed mobile technologies into teaching. It focuses on empowering staff with knowledge and skills that enable them to use tablets to enhance the learning experience.
TalkTechTeach will see initial free consultancy sessions held between Tablet Academy, Stone and school senior leadership teams. Both organisations will then supply appropriate types and numbers of devices to customers, and work with them on migration, integration and any network requirements.
Professor Steve Molyneux, CEO at Tablet Academy, commented: “The TalkTechTeach partnership has been formed to provide an end to end service for new and existing customers of both parties. We’re leveraging the expertise on both sides, with the aim of encouraging head teachers to put tablet devices in their technology estate for informed and workable reasons. Stone and Tablet Academy want to turn the purchasing process of tablets for schools around, so that they are thinking of the impact that the devices will have on their teaching programmes, rather than just the ‘tick box’ approach of supplying on demand.”
Simon Harbridge, CEO at Stone Group commented: “Tablet Academy is a perfect fit for Stone’s ambitions to show our customers how to see these devices as pedagogical enablers. There’s a lot of scope for better awareness in education of how deeply your purchasing decisions will affect your ability to teach various subjects, both in and out of the classroom. Some devices might not be suitable options. Some might be overlooked for aesthetic reasons, for example. Tablet Academy will work with educators to analyse the perception gap between what’s needed and what’s being requested, and Stone will supply, integrate, train and manage accordingly.”
The TalkTechTeach partnership will be reaching out to Stone’s 2500 school and college customers in the next X12 months using Tablet Academy’s network of 30 training centres in England.