Work in Progress - needs to be completed
The EDSI projects had demonstrated the educational potential of the Internet and this was picked up by the Stevenson Review which recommended:
"a strategy for information and communications technology in education must include access for teachers and students to the Internet. It will allow them to access information and to communicate in a way that has never been possible" ...
"An educational Website on the Internet would not only allow teachers and others to swap ideas, but also create a "virtual marketplace" for software; a place where software could be freely available, advice could be found and the opportunity provided for teachers to adapt and contribute collectively to the development
of software packages.."
Managing IT Publication
Managing IT was published in 1995, first for secondary schools but later for FE Colleges and Primary Schools. It was based on ideas brought to NCET by Chris Yapp, then working for ICL who had taken part in the MIT's Management in the 90s project. This was work examining the way IT reconfigured businesses and a progressive transformation model was proposed as shown below (Venkatraman, 1991, p.127) from the book 'The Corporation of the 1990s'.
MITS 90 Transformational Model
Following research in a number of schools comparing this business model with what was happening in UK schools NCET developed them into a matrix of factors mapped against the five stages of transformation.
The publication was developed to support headteachers and college principals map where their school or college was on the model and identify ways of moving forward in their use of IT.At this stage this was all created as a paper publication, but would later form the basis of electronic tools such as Becta's Self Review Matrix and FE equivalent?
Venkatraman, N. (1991), 'IT-Induced Business Configuration' in M.S. Scott Morton (ed.) The Corporation of the 1990s OUP, Oxford