Teachers training with Chromebooks for digital learning
HISTORY OF ICT DEVELOPMENT
Back in 2015 we developed an Oakley ICT working party, made up of parents, staff and school Directors. This body discussed ways the school could develop ICT and Digital Learning and laid the foundations for today’s developments.
We introduced BYOD into Primary in 2015 when Y5 and 6 were encouraged to bring tablets into school to allow for research in the classroom, supervised by the teacher. Year 12 and 13 VOLUNTARY BOYD were also encouraged to bring laptops into school to work in the library and help with research. Tablets were extended to Y4. Teachers in secondary have been trained in using the Chromebook as a teaching and learning device and their lessons have evolved to take account of the Google suit of applications as we have, like many others, become a Google school. All our students in secondary and staff have Google E-mail accounts and have been using Google Classroom, Drive, Sites, Docs, Sheets and Slides as part of their development and learning.
Since then the school has invested in and developed an infrastructure that will accommodate 400 students and staff using personal devices in school.
This has focused on:
- the Internet connections
- the WIFI
- the UTM filters
TEACHING AND LEARNING
The teaching and learning has focused on developing the skills and capacities to use Chromebooks as a teaching and learning device and secondary teachers have spent the last two years developing their skills in:
- the Google suite
- pedagogical approaches using chromebooks
In Primary BYOD has been introduced.
The next step is for the secondary students to have an individual device of their own to use at both school and home to synergise their learning.
Research has shown that when a student brings their own device to school a significant change happens. They take responsibility for the care and treatment of the apparatus. From being a piece of school equipment it becomes their personal equipment.
There are a number of ways of introducing devices into school.
- A monthly technology charge to parents and the school purchases the devices.
- Any device from home can be brought into school.
- Parents can be requested to purchase a particular device and all the students and staff wok on the same device.
We have researched the number of ways of introducing devices into school and believe the way forward is for each student to purchase their own device. After researching the possibilities for the last 2 years, we believe the most effective process is for parents to purchase a specific device for their child. To be used both in school and at home which will remain the property of the student. This way all teachers and students are using the same device and using similar apps, on-line applications and similar technology.
The school technical infrastructure and content filters will enable students to all work together to learn.
Our secondary students all have lockers where their devices will be secured when not in use. Primary students will have their devices secured in a locked cupboard in their classroom.
The required device is a Chromebook. This would be the property of each student. We are currently working with suppliers on the island to provide the best value for money options for parents.
Improving the quality and effectiveness of Teaching and Learning.
Greater student participation in the classroom.
Improving the efficiency and sustainability of technology enhanced learning.
Improving family engagement.