Meet the Team: Sam Wilkinson, EdTech Consultant and Visualiser Specialist
His expertise working with Visualisers means he can go the extra mile to give customers the advice and education-focused tips and tricks they need, to make the most of their technology. Let’s find out a little more about his role at Elementary Technology…
What is your role at Elementary Technology and how did you get here?
I haven’t always been a product specialist! Since joining the team at Elementary Technology almost five years ago, my role within the business has changed significantly. My journey originally began as an Internal Account Manager and from there I have progressed to where I am now. I love what I do, working with and helping teachers to improve their lesson delivery and saving them time.
What’s your favourite part about the job?
It’s difficult to say which is my favourite part of the job. If I had to choose, I’d say that visiting schools to chat with teachers about what they need and from there, doing a demonstration of the technology. I love seeing the ‘penny drop’ for teachers when they realise how useful technology can be to them.
Another great part of my job is seeing the success stories once we have partnered with a school. Providing key CPD training is crucial to this to help them obtain full use of their new technology right away for teaching and learning and it’s brilliant that Elementary Technology can provide it direct to our customers. Being able to help teachers realise the full potential of how technology can help them is very rewarding.
How do you help schools with EdTech?
The main focus of my role is to make teaching easier for the teachers and better for the pupils. I’m here to understand the needs of a school or MAT, or the needs of individual teaching staff so that I can advise on what technology would be the best solution for them. My aim is to help save teacher time and improve lesson delivery through the use of technology. The time they save can be used elsewhere on the key factors such as pedagogy and pupil retention for learning.
What’s your favourite piece of EdTech?
I’d say the Aver M17-13M Visualiser! It’s our flagship model and the best fit for all Key Stages. Demoing this piece of tech to show its full capability is always something I look forward to on a regular basis, no matter if it’s a one form entry primary school or a science department in a secondary school.
If you could give one piece of advice to a teacher using EdTech for the first time, what would it be?
One piece of advice that I always give to teachers, is to integrate technology into your lesson delivery at your own pace. It’s always daunting getting a new piece of EdTech, however receiving relevant training will always help you to build confidence. Once you have been trained and feel more confident, begin by using it for small segments in your lessons, then develop on this and before you know it, you’re using it to its full capacity!
I’d also say, don’t be afraid to ask questions to the person who supplied you with the technology. If they’re an accredited supplier with expertise in the education sector, then they should be more than happy to help. As an example, if a teacher had a lesson idea that they wanted to incorporate a visualiser into, but they weren’t sure how, I would ask them to speak with me so that I can then give them some ideas, taking any stress away from them to make it as easy as possible.
Outside of work, what do you like to spend your time doing?
I’m a keen cricketer and a big family man! I recently got married and love spending time with those who are most important to me.
Training is vital to getting the most out of your technology