Mar 10, 2016
Are you reaping the rewards of a well grounded ICT strategy? Tony Gilbert talks axes, shovels and gardening shears.
If you have ever tried to dig a hole with an axe, you will know that although it is possible, it is really not that easy. The same goes with splitting firewood with a shovel. While possible, the time and risk involved warrants the use of a proper tool.
When it comes to choosing the ICT tools for your school, there are a huge number of choices to make. Some have weird names and don’t play well with others. As when you are a Gardening, the tools you choose to utilise can have a massive effect on output. Throw into the mix, slick marketing, complex technical information and sales people, and a headache starts to form behind the eyes.
I could talk endlessly about the merits of certain products, the seemingly age old debate of PC vs. Mac, Google Apps vs. Office 365, but the reality is that each environment is different. While the fundamentals may remain the same, an ICT Leader’s responsibility is to use the tools and experience available to cultivate successful outcomes. It would be amazing if all tools were available all the time for all people, but the reality of fixed budgets mean this is unrealistic.
So the following are Tony’s Top Five Tips for Successful ICT Gardening in your NZ School: