We know that using technology effectively makes a positive difference to the outcomes of learning of our students supporting all abilities.
‘Flipped Learning’ is a simple approach where teachers present students with knowledge before they arrive in lessons (e.g. sharing a video the night before that explains a new mathematical concept such as ordering fractions). Using technology to engage and extend learning opportunities as well as assessing prior learning allows teachers to move learning on in a more targeted manner.
This means teachers can use their time more effectively in the classroom, planning and supporting activities with more impact; such as giving more personalised support to pupils who are struggling, answering questions, holding discussions, challenging misconceptions or allowing pupils to apply their knowledge and delve deeper into the material.
Both video and audio feedback can make the next steps far more accessible to young learners than written feedback, especially EAL and SEND learners allowing them to focus on the content of the feedback rather than having to decode much writing.
We also believe feedback from peers and the wider learning community is extremely powerful to motivate and engage pupils so using technology to reach a wider and even a global audience is important to us to share our proud achievements and connect with the wider learning community through blogging platforms and class sites.
Joint online class sites for students provide opportunities for parents to engage with reading and comprehension activities in conjunction with their children. Simple notes can then be typed on online forums which allow students to feel part of a wider learning community.
Building strong relationships with our families is key to supporting student’s learning. Our schools actively make use of apps like Class Dojo, Edulink or Parent Pay to keep families up to date with their child’s progress as well as sharing resources for home learning, submitting work online and giving feedback.