When it comes to making IT changes in schools, it is essential to consider the needs of teachers over the features of the technology being implemented. Too often, IT change is driven by non-teaching staff and focuses on the features of the technology without considering how teachers will use it and how it should benefit them.

Ideally, teachers should be consulted early in the process and involved in the product research stage. Allow the teachers to get their hands dirty, speak with colleagues, visit other schools, and consult their social networks to gather ideas and feedback. By starting with the how rather than the what, teachers are more likely to be swayed by the potential benefits of the technology and how it can help them be more effective in and out of the classroom

Starting with teachers rather than a list of features should lead to better teacher acceptance and use of a learning management system such as SEQTA. This ultimately benefits students and parents, making the school’s investment worthwhile.