Softcat achieves ASE accreditation for education IT

Posted on Monday, October 12, 2015
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By Dan Rouse, Education Mobility Specialist

Softcat is now an Apple Solution Expert for Education (ASE) 

We’re thrilled to have achieved this accreditation.  It’s the product of six months of hard work by our team and recognises our expertise in using Apple technology to transform the teaching and learning experience for schools, colleges and universities across the UK.  The fact that we’re one of only a very small number of ASE’s in the UK, demonstrates the difficulty in obtaining the status and reflects the body of experience we already have working in this market.

With the ASE accreditation under our belt, it’s an exciting time for Softcat and also for myself, as someone who has found his way into technology via working in education.

In 2009, I worked as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) helping students with Special Educational Needs (SEN).  Then, technology was only just starting to be looked at as a means of supporting SEN students in keeping pace with learning, but still with a heavy reliance on trusty pen and paper.  Knowing what I know now about what is possible with technology in the classroom, the notion of using pen and paper for the tasks I was doing seems ludicrous! Back then, technologies like iPads were still a novelty, and their use in the classroom hadn’t been considered, much less proven.  Today, enabled by technology, the classroom can be a very different place, no longer tethered to a fixed location and engaging students like never before.

As Softcat’s Education Mobility Specialist, I want to share a bit more about what ASE means to our education customers and the additional value we offer as a result.

The art of the possible

Whilst the use of Apple technology in education is certainly becoming more commonplace, few institutions are truly harnessing its full potential or aligning the investment with genuine learning outcomes.  Getting the best out of Apple technology requires more than simply buying some iPads.  Without proper consideration for teacher engagement, the ecosystem of technology any investment might be part of, or show-stoppers like a robust network, then at best you might have some handy devices, at worst a costly failure.

 As an ASE we have access to Apple Professional Development Trainers; a group of current and former teachers who have used Apple technology in a variety of environments to deliver outstanding learning outcomes.  Coupled with our own demo fleet we can show how the technology might work for you.  For example if you want to know how to deliver a Maths lesson we can show a variety of Apple technologies working in harmony to make this happen, from digital content creation, subject-specific apps to learner engagement and real-time feedback.  We hope that we’ll be able to open minds to the art of the possible.

Developing a mobile learning strategy

More than ever mobile technologies are shaping our lives and the classroom is no different.  We can help schools, colleges and universities decipher how best to use mobile technologies to support overall goals and shape a strategy accordingly.  Perhaps your ambition is to improve grades in English, but how can technology be used to assist and what will be the measure?  We help you contextualise the technology so it plays a valuable and identifiable role in learning and teaching.

Whilst just a brief insight, unquestionably the ASE accreditation puts us in a much stronger position to offer our education customers the support they deserve when looking at enhancing teaching and learning with technology.  If you’d like to discover more about Apple technology in the classroom, speak to your Softcat Account Manager or get in touch through the form below. 

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