Explanation of Our Project:
We bought 10 Chromebooks to help improve ICT provision in the school. Primarily, they were bought in order to prepare the staff and children for the future roll out of Chromebooks for all P6 and 7 pupils within the next couple of years. They have been used by pupils across the school in a variety of different curricular areas. The Chromebooks are also used to help children with a variety of Additional Support Needs and we are continuing to explore how they can continue to support children with Additional Needs.
How has the technology enhanced learning and teaching within your school?
The Chromebooks have been used to support and enhance learning in a number of different curricular areas. In PE, they have been used in Gymnastics. Pupils have been creating their own floor routines, filming it, then with a partner, watching back and evaluating their performance, identifying movements which require further practice. The impact of the immediate feedback from the video and peers has proved to have been very effective. All great sports people are watching and evaluating their performance.
Google Docs has been used as a platform for co-operative learning and collaborative research. A class was given a research topic and within that, 6 different research strands for each home team. Each home team added their findings to the document, while also being able to see and edit/add to the other teams’ findings. By the end of the session the research question had been answered with supporting evidence on a single document that could then be easily shared.
Google Classroom is regularly used to allow the class teacher to set tasks which the pupils can easily access, whether at home or in school. Pupils in P7 have also been sharing some work with their teachers based on their World War 2 topic – a great way to save on printing and an easy way to edit and share their work with multiple people.
Due to the large number of apps on Chrome Store, the pupils have explored using a variety of different applications to support their learning. One of their favourites is Mind Mup 2.0. For a reading task, pupils created their own Mind Maps, based on a topic featured in a non-fiction text.
Due to the focus upon digital literacy in the curriculum, during the topic ‘Titanic’, pupils were challenged to create their own animation of the Titanic sinking.
Have a look at their animations here. They used the Stopmotion app to create their animations.
Staff have been keen to use the Chromebooks in their classrooms. They are very popular with the pupils too as they find them very easy to use and help to support their learning in so many different curricular areas.
Following the Digital Learning Blog gives you lots of ideas on how to use the Chromebooks as well as upcoming ICT news within the authority.
We hope to continue to explore the new and exciting apps and features available on the Chromebook to enhance pupils’ learning at Bridgend Primary School by training staff (and pupils!).
Brief explanation of our project.
We received 5 Chromebooks to support learners with additional support needs. We have a large school roll, and as a result have a high number of children requiring additional support to access the curriculum and cope with integration into school and classroom. Also, the Highland Deaf Education Service is based in our school and we have many deaf children travelling to our school to receive input from specialist support staff. The Chromebooks will be used to support our learners and ensure they are included and able to participate in lessons.
How has the technology enhanced learning and teaching within your school/department?
At a recent INSET, teachers were shown how to use the Chromebooks and access Google Apps. Staff were enthusiastic about how this could benefit their teaching practice and could see the future potential available to them in delivering lessons through Google Classroom. In my own classroom, the Chromebooks have been fully utilised in helping children access websites and apps (such as Teach your Monster to Read and Oxford Owl) to support their learning. The Chromebooks are light and easy for young learners to carry and use at their desks and the touchscreens seem to be more intuitive for learners who are lacking mouse skills!
The deaf children report that the Chromebooks are “very handy” for them as they can easily transport them from their classroom to the Deaf Base to continue their work. They can use the Chromebook to quickly search for information to further their depth of knowledge as our deaf children often miss out on the incidental learning that occurs during class discussions.
The Chromebooks are so portable that they have been perfect for our pupils who require “time out” from the usual interactive busy classroom. They can be taken to our “quiet room” where learners can continue to work upon their lessons in a quiet, peaceful environment.
CALL Scotland have put together some great posters and information leaflets for learners with support needs. Above is a screenshot of a poster highlighting various tools for learners with dyslexia.
All of the posters can be accessed and downloaded from the CALL Scotland website here.
The Digital Learning Team will add news or examples of good practice on here so keep checking back for up to date info.