As schools, colleges and universities attempt the tricky balancing act of cutting costs while improving service levels, more and more are discovering the benefits of deploying Fujitsu scanners in both the classroom and administrative offices
Primary and secondary school teachers are working almost 60 hours a week, according to the Department for Education, and a lot of this time is spent carrying out bureaucratic tasks such as form filling and general paperwork.
By implementing digital working practices, including the scanning and digitisation of material, a school will, very quickly, see the benefits brought about by the enhanced collaboration between staff members, pupils and parents – as well as supporting the SENCO in the use of information and communications technology (ICT), as laid out in their code of practice, 2001.
The speedier capture of correspondence, such as permission slips, catering requests, HR material, bursaries and paperwork related to special needs – as well as the implementation of technology-driven teaching methods for a more enriched learning experience and marking – will, additionally, see time being freed up – whether for teaching or personal recreation.
By the time children start school many are already familiar with technology, giving teachers a platform of knowledge on which to build. Infant and junior schools that have the technology to enhance learning are setting the benchmark, both in terms of actual achievement and parent or government recognition.
For many customers in the education sector the ability of Fujitsu scanners to aid learning is as important a benefit as improved administration. It is also a major priority for Fujitsu, who are working with a number of establishments to explore how scanners can be used to improve learning in the classroom.
Capturing evidence of progress
An important aspect of this programme is to discover how technology can help early learners develop confidence in their abilities and recognise the progress that they have made. Fujitsu scanners can help in this regard by capturing a pupil’s work throughout the term so that children, teachers and parents can see how their work has evolved and improved, as well as providing a discussion point in school. Providing digital files at the end of term instead of, or as a supplement to, the actual artwork is also convenient for parents. Some schools are even charging for this service to recoup the cost of the scanner.