Meet the Team: Clare Douglas, EdTech Consultant
Our team of experienced EdTech consultants are here to support schools, understand their requirements and keep in touch post installation to ensure you get the most out of your technology. We catch up with EdTech Consultant, Clare Douglas, who has a wealth of experience in supporting schools with their audio-visual (AV) requirements….
What is your role at Elementary Technology and how did you get here?
Since joining the Elementary Technology team almost five years ago, in my role as EdTech Consultant, I support schools across the midlands and surrounding areas. I have a real passion for AV, with over 11 years’ experience under my belt.
How do you help schools with EdTech?
I’m privileged within my role to be able to help schools with their EdTech. Through my experience and passion for teaching and learning, I help schools to make informed choices and decisions about their EdTech. Being a brand agnostic supplier means that we’re not bound by one brand or another. This is great as it allows me to give schools all the facts they need, to help them choose the best solution to meet their individual needs.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
My favourite part of my job is speaking and listening to teachers, to understand their daily struggles and challenges. One of my biggest challenges is making sure schools purchase kit and teaching tools which are fit for purpose for the school, but knowing that we can make a difference to learning outcomes as well as giving teachers access to better, more effective teaching tools makes it all worth it.
What is your favourite piece of EdTech?
There’s no two ways about it, it has to 100% be a SMART Interactive Touchscreen. These pieces of EdTech give teachers so many different ways to deliver lessons. Whether it be in the classroom through SMART Notebook, or remote learning online through Lumio, it’s such a versatile piece of tech which engages pupils and makes life easier for teachers.
If you could give one piece of advice to a teacher using EdTech for the first time, what would it be?
Stick to basics to start with. Once you’ve mastered those, spend your time with the technology to challenge yourself and go out of your comfort zone. I’d also say, always speak to colleagues and ask how they are using the technology for their lessons and plans because you’re almost guaranteed to find ways you hadn’t thought of.
What do you get up to outside of work?
Outside of work, I like to enjoy a glass or two of wine, going for long walks and sometimes play badminton if I can find the time!
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