208: Digital Strategy for Schools with Al Kingsley
Al has spent the last 30 years in the EdTech space and 20 of those as a school trustee and governor.
He is Group CEO of NetSupport Ltd, an internationally acclaimed EdTech vendor, and has lived and worked in both the UK and US. He is Chair of 2 Academy Trusts and Chair of an alternative provision Academy, all in the East of England.
Alongside these roles, Al also sits on the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Head Teachers board for the East of England and North-East London and is an independent Chair of the county’s SEND board.
As a firm supporter of lifelong learning, he is also a regional Apprenticeship Ambassador and Chair of the Employment & Skills board for his region’s combined authority.
An active writer about all things EdTech, Al is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and sits on the advisory council for the Foundation for Education Development.
As schools around the country continue to grapple with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, all eyes are on the education sector as yet another cohort of children risks being left behind due to learning loss. With some form of blended learning set to stay in place for the foreseeable future even after the vaccination programme concludes, Al discusses what role EdTech might play in addressing these issues going forward – specifically the shifting role played by teachers in an increasingly digital world, and how we can best equip our educators with the tools they need to navigate the ‘new normal’.
NetSupport recently announced the launch of classroom.cloud, an enhanced international, cloud-based classroom management and teaching platform, which will help improve teacher workloads, wellbeing and student engagement. Classroom.cloud enables teachers and learners to move seamlessly between in-class and remote schooling, having been developed in partnership with teachers and education professionals across the globe – ensuring it is designed to specifically fit the various needs of teachers and students.