What if you didn’t need to play catch-up all the time?

Running low on energy, time and resources to keep pace with the explosive growth of new technologies? You’re not alone. Educators across the country are toiling away to grasp the pulse of digital technology and fill their classrooms with mind-bending ideas.

Imagine a tomorrow where the most exciting edtech discoveries are brought to your doorstep at no cost…

Well, that tomorrow is finally here.

Make well-informed decisions

New tech inventions come about every day. Does your team really need every piece of EdTech? Probably not. The IDEAS Bus allows you to get your hands on the most exciting solutions, trial them on the spot, and understand the value they create before you make any decisions. Spend some time on the bus so you can spend your budget with confidence.

SPEND WISELY, GAIN DEARLY

Thanks to the educational mission of the IDEAS Bus, we’re uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between EdTech suppliers and educators. We partner with industry’s most trusted brands to kit out the bus and offer a hands-on experience to educators and students with no buying strings attached. Even better -- if your organisation decides to purchase something, we can negotiate significant discounts and special deals on your behalf. And you’ll never have to speak to a sales person again.

SAVE TIME AND RESOURCES

Exhibitions and tech shows are perfect for keeping up with the trends and fuelling new ideas. They’re also incredibly time and resource-intensive. If you can’t afford to throw extra resources at chasing trends, have the experts come to your establishment and save you the hassle! The IDEAS Bus is a one-of-a-kind educational initiative that will bring the tech world to your parking lot. For free.

ENLIGHTEN YOUR STUDENTS

There’s no stopping of technological progress. It’s the catalyst of creativity, invention and entrepreneurial growth that we can’t afford to ignore any longer. By giving educators easy access to cutting-edge technology, high-end expertise and weeks’ worth of research, the IDEAS Bus enables the teaching community to bring the very best of EdTech to their students and inspire the next generation of leaders! Knowing this gives us a warm fuzzy feeling.

What’s driving the IDEAS bus?

The IDEAS Bus was born out of a desire for a tech-savvy education that bolsters students’ technological and entrepreneurial aptitude and equips them with key knowledge and skills to create the technology of tomorrow. We’re on the road to the future.

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What’s the catch?

It doesn’t just sound revolutionary, it is. You don’t have to buy, sign or promise anything to have the IDEAS Bus visit your organisation. It’s absolutely free. The only thing we ask for in exchange for this tech adventure is a little bit of your time and feedback to help us improve.

When the bus arrives at your establishment, we’ll invite a few members (or everyone, if you like!) of your senior leadership team to watch a 20-minute long presentation about the latest EdTech offerings. Yes, that’s all.

The IDEAS Bus Coding Club: teaching the skills of tomorrow

Want to give your students a head start in life? Then why not explore the hottest tech skill in demand? Get your school involved in our Coding Club, it’s easy as <strong> one-two-three </strong>!

We work with a limited number of students to ensure that each student receives our full attention and assistance.
Email Us : info@drivingtechnology.org.uk

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Frequently asked questions

How do we utilise the IDEAS bus?

Your school can utilise the bus as it sees fit. It is there for you. We have a wealth of ideas of how it can be used. This will be discussed in the pre-bus visit.

How many people can fit on the IDEAS Bus?

The bus can seat 12 people. For health and safety reasons, standing room only will probably be around 15 to 20 but this will be confirmed before the bus launches.

What is the catch?

A minimum of two decision makers from the school need to watch the presentation (15-20 minutes long) when the bus arrives. This can be from the senior leadership team (head teacher, deputy head teacher etc), business manager/bursar, ICT coordinator, Network manager etc. In addition, we would of course like feedback to help us improve as well as testimonials so we know we are doing the right things and can improve our visits to schools.

Do we need to buy something?

Definitely not. The IDEAS bus is there for you to use, gather information and help you make informed choices about the path you are taking in regards to education technology. Obviously if you see something you like and want more information or want to take up the unique offers available, then that is your choice. First and foremost the IDEAS bus is informational!

What are the times for the IDEAS bus?

The session slots are morning from 08:00 till 12:00 or the afternoon from 13:00 till 17:00. You can choose the exact times within each slot but those are the earliest and latest timings for each session.

Can we change the time?

As long as the bus is within your window of time, whether morning or afternoon you can have the bus arrive whenever. For example if you wanted the IDEAS bus to arrive at 09:00 instead of 08:00 that is fine but it will still need to leave at 12:00.

Can we get extra time?

The first visit is always free. Extra time can be purchased. If you decide to purchase an extra session, therefore having the bus for the whole day, it will cost £1 per FTE student with a minimum cost of £300 and capped at £600 (ex VAT).

If the school is one of our Champion Schools, they can get additional sessions at a reduced cost or, for certain projects, it would be completely free of charge. If you would like to be involved as a Champion School, please let us know.

What if we need to change/cancel the date?

There is a cost to get the bus to the school plus logistics to plan in advance, so if the school changes/cancels within 4 weeks of their visit there will be a cost to cover our costs unless we can fill that slot. If you are able to arrange for one of your local schools to have the bus for that session (which hasn’t already booked a session) then there would be no charge to you.

What equipment is on the IDEAS bus?

The IDEAS bus attempts to cover all elements of education technology from hardware to software to services along with some more exciting and innovative new technologies.

What solutions or partners are on the IDEAS bus?

On board the bus will be solutions for: Wireless Networks, UPS, Storage, Raspberry Pi, Computers, Laptops, Tablets, Netbooks, Operating Systems, Robotics, Cameras, Music Technology, Media Technology, Telephony, Interactive Whiteboards/Interactive Display Screens, Printers, 3D Printers, Speaker Systems, Projectors, Roamers & Robots, Special Education Needs, Education Software for most subject areas including the computing curriculum, Virtual Reality, ICT Furniture, Calculators, Server Racking, Servers, Networking Equipment, Web Conferencing, Websites/MLE, MIS Systems, Door Entry Systems/Kiosks, CCTV, Disposal Services, IT Support, Broadband and Internet, Emails, Security, Remote Monitoring, Cloud Backup, Websites, Cloud Solutions, Air Conditioning and more.

There is basically something for everyone and everything. Brands include Cisco, Microsoft, Intel, Ricoh, EcoPrinters, iDesk, Toshiba, SkoogMusic, Musii, Fuze and many others.

Can lessons be done on the IDEAS bus?

Yes they can but only a certain number of students or staff can be on the bus at any one time for health and safety reasons. Normally we can get between half to a third of a class in the IDEAS bus at a time. Some of the equipment can be set-up in the school, maximising the use of the equipment within the time you have.

Do staff need to be on the IDEAS bus?

The IDEAS bus is very much about helping provide useful information to staff as well as students. Additionally, the students are the school’s responsibility at all times.

Do we need to offer anything?

Access to power would be useful (although we do have alternative power generation) and on-site parking.

The pre-bus visit helps us to better plan your visit so that the schools get the most of the time the bus is there.

All feedback and testimonials are much appreciated as this helps us continue to provide a valuable service to the education community.

We do not have parking or it is very small. Can we still have the IDEAS bus visit?

Yes. We have the ability to run the bus without mains power so can park outside the school somewhere safe and still provide access to your school. We do not want anyone to miss out.

Who is on the IDEAS bus?

Our team are experienced in the world of education technology and include senior IT engineers and IT consultants. The members of the team on the bus on the day of your visit will be able to assist you with the technology on board and help you with the technology vision for your school and provide solutions. All of our team are DBS cleared and carry their certificates with them.

What insurance does DT have?

DT has all the necessary insurances in place including public liability insurance.

Anything else?

We want your visit from the IDEAS bus to be a fun and informative experience. To see viable technological solutions for your school as well as try out fun technology such as virtual reality.

If you have any questions that have not been covered in this document, please do let us know.

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