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Delivering a new Professional Development Platform for Tablet Academy

Tablet Academy LogoSatori Education collaborated with Tablet Academy to plan, design, implement and populate their own exclusive learning platform for schools.

Who was the client?

Edtech specialist Tablet Academy (TA) supports educational institutions in transforming teaching and learning through the integration of new and existing technologies.

Through high-level consultancy and training services, its team of fully qualified educators support over 1500 schools and train over 25,000 teachers a year.

What was the brief?

In February 2019, the TA team recognised the need to improve its existing, partner-provided online Professional Development Platform. Rather than use a third-party e-learning host such as Teachable or Udemy, TA was keen to create IP in-house.

The goal for Satori Education (SE) was to create online learning opportunities for teachers looking to improve their edtech skills. The platform that also needed to effectively support apprentices with their 2-year programmes.

What was the solution?

SE’s lead consultant, Joe Basketts, already had a strong working relationship with TA, having authored courses on their existing platform. As an extension of this work, Joe was asked to evaluate different solutions for the new system, including whether to choose a hosted or self-hosted approach.

Joe’s unique insight into the project and track record of delivering bespoke solutions for the delivery of online training meant that SE was the perfect fit to take the project forward.

Following an initial evaluation, the SE team performed an in-depth refinement and selection process to decide on the best solution. Based on this analysis, the team built a proof of concept for the structure of the new learning platform using open-source software.

SE led TA’s in-house development team in the production of a finalised version of the concept. Once the platform was constructed, Joe and the team populated it with certified course content, including video, text, images, interactive activities, and assignments.

In order to deliver a completely bespoke system, the approach remained flexible throughout. SE refined the solution to reflects TA’s evolving needs. This included implementing a group management system to allow schools to manage and track progress of their own participants.

Tablet Academy’s platform went live in June 2019. Upon launching, there was a huge resource of courses available online for both Primary and Secondary Schools. Resources included: curriculum outlines; introductions to popular edtech apps; online safety advice; and tips for applying edtech in the classroom. To access this mine of edtech knowledge, schools and academy groups can purchase a 12-month subscription online or get a quote based on their individual requirements.

The platform has since been accessed by over 4000 educators. As result, TA was able to respond very quickly to the 2020 UK national lockdown, producing a range of courses focused on delivering lessons when schools are closed. This provided much-needed support to schools and teachers at a particularly difficult time.

What was the feedback?

Joe’s extensive experience of working in education brought an extra layer of value to our project that we would have struggled to replicate with any other partner. We hope to continue working with Joe long-term to further develop our offerings in education.’

Mark Yorke, CEO, Tablet Academy UK

 

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