Improving learning with digital technology
Through the development and effective use of technology, we aim to ensure our pupils develop the ability to master new and existing technologies. We aim to prepare children for the future and for jobs that do not even exist yet.
Technology is transforming learning across our trust. By improving our broadband, implementing cloud computing and expanding the number of digital devices in our classrooms we have developed a connected learning community that provides the best learning opportunities and improved outcomes for our pupils.
Tablets and laptops are widely available in our schools, with many schools now providing one device per pupil to use within lessons.
For the past few years Summerhill Primary Academy and Jubilee Park Academy, both located in Tipton, have been rolling out a phased digital project to improve teaching and learning through the use of iPads.
Children in Years 2 to 6 now have one to one devices, meaning approximately 680 children benefit from their own iPad, to use during lessons. Children in Reception and Year 1 also have access to a hub of iPads to use in class.
Through our digital investment, we aim to raise engagement, streamline staff planning and assessment, enhance curriculum delivery and support pupil progress and attainment.
Teachers can effectively model work, such as record videos, mirror screens and use images to reinforce explanations to all learners within the classroom, offering a tailored approach to teaching each child.
It is important to assess pupils’ understanding and ensure they are making progress through the curriculum. Digital technology supports the ability to capture and monitor children’s progress through the work they submit as well as feedback through online quizzes.
Parental communication and remote education opportunities are enhanced through digital learning platforms on the devices, meaning parents can monitor their progress.
Raising pupil engagement
Technology offers exciting new ways for pupils to engage in their learning, from taking pictures to creating videos and accessing eBooks. The use of technology promotes independence, curiosity, and creativity and makes learning more fun and accessible for all.
All devices in the classroom are linked to allow for better collaboration. Opportunities to mirror mobile devices from around the room allow teachers to better support or engage students anywhere in the room.
With many classroom tasks now accessible online rather than in paper worksheets, the devices have drastically reduced printing costs and increased work efficiency.