At TRA we requested 9 Chromebooks to enable our students to engage more fully with G-Suite. In addition to:
How has the technology enhanced learning and teaching within your school/department?
S1, S2 and S3 ICT classes have all begun using Google Classroom and applications. There are courses now in place that have a high degree of coding and during coding activities the mobile nature of the Chromebooks has allowed more flexibility for pupils to trial programmable devices such as the Makeblock mBots.
There has been some uptake in using mobile devices in maths to access graphic calculator applications for Sr Phase and and extension or reward activities in BGE.
Sr Phase assessment also takes place online in Maths and Chromebooks have enabled us to meet individual assessment requirements more efficiently, maximising the opportunity for pupils to succeed.
A good proportion of staff have now engaged with Google and are looking forward to the big roll out. These staff are enthusiastic and are growing more familiar with the devices to be best prepared to support the pupils. Google Classroom is now available in all departments and all departments have begun transferring course materials on to Google Classroom.
Use of Google Apps and Hangouts has identified Bandwith issues for the school in preparation for access to distance learning courses etc. This information has proved valuable and has allowed us to plan contingencies before the rollout of Chromebooks.
Any tips for other schools looking to do a similar project?
If multiple users are accessing a Chromebook they must remove their profile before other users sign in.
Next steps for the project...
Further integration of school systems with G-Suite and roll out of team teaching using Google Classroom. Chrome book access for Engineering Science and Digital Technology will enable pupils to use the Bluetooth feature to control programmable devices.
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!).
Inverness High School has had 40 Chromebooks since January 2016 as a start to the Digital Hub Makerspace being developed in the school. In a very short time many teachers, even some technophobes, have started using the Chromebooks frequently with classes without any persuasion. We currently only have one whole-school computer suite of 20 machines to share between all classes.
There has been a lot of staff interest in getting quick starter CPD to use Chromebooks, Google Apps and work more electronically with pupils but all have experimented to find different ways of enhancing learning and teaching. We have individual pupils in classes and seniors in study periods borrowing Chromebooks to complete work.
All of the info below was within the first month of having the devices and growth with staff/more classes and pupils has continued to increase.
Video tutorials guiding you step by step on how to get started with Google Classroom are available here.
This playlist contains 21 videos and covers all the core topics for using Google Classroom. If you are limited for time I would suggest watching the first 14 videos.
What is Google Classroom?
Classroom is a tool in G Suite for Education that helps teachers create and organise assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Classroom helps students organise their work in Google Drive, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.
Create and collect assignments: Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. They can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback to individual students. Improve class communications: Teachers can make announcements, ask questions and comment with students in real time—improving communication inside and outside of class.
Stay organised: Classroom automatically creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student. Students can easily see what’s due on their Assignments page.
Highland Staff intro guide also available here for further instructions.
The Digital Learning Team will add news or examples of good practice on here so keep checking back for up to date info.