How to Get Everyone in Your School Confidently Using Microsoft Teams – A Guide to Long-Term User Adoption for Schools
The main challenge schools, academies and multi academy trusts face when rolling out a new technology or platform is user adoption.
Typically, a core group of tech-savvy teachers and staff embrace the new technology, while others are left behind.
This results in various, separate solutions being used within the school, with learning resources scattered across different places and servers and – ultimately – your school not making the most of the technology it has invested in.
But the key reason for this isn’t usually the platform or technology itself. Instead, it’s a lack of a clear, long-term plan and strategy.
Switching to a brand-new technology isn’t easy; it’s a significant change for all involved. But we must make sure that we bring everyone along together on the journey to ensure higher user adoption and avoid leaving anyone behind.
Of course, a further problem has also been born in 2020. Covid-19.
Many schools were forced to adopt tools like Microsoft Teams and SharePoint for short-term gains due to school closures and remote teaching.
While this placed a plaster over the problem and gave students the short-term support they needed to learn from home temporarily, the rushed approach didn’t take into consideration the potential long-term impact of the technology.
We now need to take a step back and think about a long-term strategy so that the technology you’ve invested in serves your staff and students for years to come.
Moving to the cloud isn’t brand new for 2020. Schools have been adopting Teams and SharePoint to reap the benefits of centralised resources, lower server costs and enhanced learning for years.
Whether you already have Teams and SharePoint, or if you’re new to cloud-based learning, now is the time to implement a long-term strategy for your new technology.
- Communicate your vision to the school.
- Give key people ownership over the project.
- Set a long-term plan.
- Set milestones and key dates.
- Deliver hands-on training.
- Measure your success and resolve issues.
- Adjust, adapt and adopt.