Toshiba Ambassadors Programme

Communities of practice and peer-to-peer support seem to be the most effective way of supporting professional development for the education workforce. Formed in 2001, the Toshiba Ambassadors (UK) is a network of leaders and managers in schools, colleges, and universities, and now also includes a number of education specialists.

The group receives regular visits from Toshiba technical and business development staff. The most beneficial aspect for educators is the seminar programme, which takes place as workshops up to 3 times per year, hosted by Toshiba and often in partnership with an Ambassador organisation.

Workshop formats vary, but usually include the following:

  • Overview of recent developments in ICT in education
  • Research update from different educational organisations
  • Presentations on recent impact evidence from a number of the Ambassadors
  • Technical update from Toshiba
  • Presentation from host organisation on current issues in schools/colleges
  • Feedback from Ambassadors on technical and pedagogical issues in wireless/portability/mobile learning
  • New product testing with focus group feedback