AIM Models

AIM Model
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The AIM models are key thinking tools, used throughout the CATALYST Programme, which capture the initial Analysis of an individual teachers digital capability, their Intention to change practice to enhance their skills, and a Measurement of how well they have met their personal objective.

The AIM models are designed to capture the human side of the APT methodology, i.e. how individuals are currently using, and how they intend to use, digital technology in teaching and learning. They support the alignment between pedagogy and technology by helping teachers to reflect on current practice, and design changes to practice.

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They are split into six dimensions of teaching and learning, mapped against the UK Government teachers' standards, and hence can fit into existing staff development and planning practices.They are designed to be used in three stages:

  1. An Analysis stage to understand current practice
  2. An Intention stage to reflect on changes to create movement along the dimensions
  3. A Measure stage to summarise progress and suggest next steps

The initial analysis stage is completed either using the Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK) Quiz, or through personal reflection on current practice, usually in small groups assisted by a mentor. Once this analysis stage is visualised, intention is added, i.e. new marks are added to the charts as to where the individual teacher and/or group wishes to move towards. Tech Trumps® are used to facilitate this process, as they suggest the specific digital technologies that have the capacity to support this movement.


The analysis and intention stages are designed to be completed soon after each other, or even at the same time, in order in inform changes to practice. The same AIM models also support a measure phase which takes place after changes have been implemented, designed to reflect on those changes and suggest ways forward.