Tuesday, 22 September 2015

It's the end of the second session at Brussels.  A great experience and very valuable for sharing best practice with other schools.

Following the project, whilst we still need to promote the use of IT in the home much more, we have realised that we need to continue to develop and refocus our work in school.  With many new staff and children, we must ensure that the very best of what we have achieved over the last twelve months, continues in the future and develops even further.

Short terms goals for when we return:
. Update on the new Apps and sites we have used during the second visit to Brussels
. Develop the use of G+ as a pedagogical tool amongst staff
. Ensure all staff are up to date and up to speed with the delivery of learning through ICT.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

The journey to bring the use of Google Chrome technologies into the home is going to be a major focus this academic year.  Having spent the previous twelve months concentrating on making Chromebooks a success within school, we now need to move the learning into the home.  Some big questions and some big issues that we will need to solve: How do children log on at home?  Do children take Chromebooks home?  How do we get parents on board?  How do we train parents?  What about children with no connectivity in the home?

As a starting point, we're looking at how we can use the school web site (built with Sites) to help with the transition.  Ideally, when a pupil logs on, we would like them to see a page which is personal to them, detailing their targets, curriculum pages and assessment results in one place.  Not sure that it's possible with Sites, but that's the aim...

Better late than never?

So here it is - the Filey blog!

Following the Brussels experience we are aiming to improve our Future Classroom Maturity level by giving the children more opportunity to learn independently. They also need to demonstrate problem solving and decision-making skills. Additionally they should decide what technology they use to support their learning.

To assess the current state of the children's capabilities the year six pupils were challenged to present the findings of a local history project in an exciting manner, utilising Chromebook technology. This had the potential to use a variety of interactive platforms including Google Maps. However, most children wanted to simply provide findings in a presentation, such as by using Google Slides. Not very interactive or exciting! Clearly the children need to be given more input to enable them to use a range of tools before they would opt to use them independently. We knew the term was going to be very busy, with end of key stage tests and a Shakespeare production, so although the projects didn't have as much time as we would have liked, it clearly demonstrated that children need a balance between instruction and independent learning. This term we will need to deliver more opportunities for learning those crucial skills. Our main topic is the Romans, so expect an Italian theme to the projects!

Our other project is to bring the Chromebook technology in to the home. After a year of every child using Chromebooks at school, the next stage is obviously to enable the children to use the technology outside the classroom. This would also allow us to progress towards the Flipped Classroom scenario. We are also aiming to use technology to share pupils' assessment with the parents to constantly keep them up to date.

More to follow...