Devonport High School for Boys (DHSB) is one of the UK’s top 200 schools, providing high-school education to A-level to over 1,300 boys in the Plymouth, South West Devon, and Cornwall catchment.
Acknowledging the growing significance for education of personalised learning resources, and the importance of innovation in the ethos of the school, DHSB’s leadership team recognised the benefits of providing rapid real-time access to the school’s virtual learning environment (VLE) and curriculum content resources, across the whole campus, for students and staff members, and from a range of devices including laptops, tablets and 3G phones.
This kind of initiative is commonly referred to as ‘Bring Your Own Device’ or BYOD, and in line with the growing demand for personalised learning, and the proliferation of consumer devices with advanced capabilities, industry researchers suggest that BYOD is set to become the established practice in education over the next five years.
“One of my reasons for choosing Stem was because of their locality. I wanted the peace that in the event of an issue, I could call on them and they could respond quickly and in person. The Stem Group engineers did an excellent job on designing, planning and implementing our BYOD and network system, and delivered a complete overhaul in the narrow time-frame of a school holiday. I can wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone considering campus-wide wireless networking, or a backbone upgrade. Since working together on this project we have started a partnership to explore initiatives to further promote the meaningful integration of technology in education.” Steve Margetts, Deputy Head Teacher states.