Toolset 1 – Identifying Stakeholders and Trends

In this toolset we start the process of building a Future Classroom Scenario by thinking about how education will change in the coming years, and what teachers and education as a whole will need to adapt to.

We do this by involving a number of experts who we call stakeholders. These include a varied collection of individuals who have very different perspectives on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The stakeholders include teachers and school leaders, and experts in ICT such as ICT technicians and technology providers. Together these people form a Core Group of stakeholders. Each member of this core group should also consult with other individuals who have different ideas about what changes are likely to happen in the near future. These Wider Community Stakeholders include other teachers, students, members of the ICT industry and possibly governors or parents, and local or national policy-makers.

The ideas these stakeholders provide are called trends. These trends are changes in society and technology that learning and teaching can take advantage of or adapt to. Good examples of this are the increase in student owned personal devices such as smart phones or tablets, but may also include social changes such as national policy initiatives.

In this toolset we provide guidance on identifying and working with stakeholders, and how we work with stakeholders to identify the most important trends. These trends become the building blocks for a Future Classroom Scenario which can be used to bring innovation to the classroom.

User stories

The trend towards flipped learning became very popular during the iTEC project. Godfrey Almeida, a teacher at Ashmole Academy, London, UK, discusses how scenarios based on this trend have been used within his teaching.

One of the teachers in the iTEC project, Kerry Shoebridge, a physical education teacher at Shireland Collegiate Academy, UK, explains how she started to apply technology in her lessons using the Future Classroom (iTEC) approach, influenced by the flipped classroom trend.

The tools in this toolset

  • Tool 1.1 Stakeholder Collaboration Guide: Guidance on identifying and working with the right collection of experts to help create a Future Classroom Scenario.
  • Tool 1.2 Identifying Relevant Trends: Guidance on working with a diversity of stakeholders to identify the important trends likely to impact on education over the coming years.
  • Tool 1.3 Ranking Trends: Guidance on how to select the most important trends, which can then be used to write a Future Classroom Scenario. This includes some suggested online tools for ranking trends.