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...