So far we have been using the Chromebooks to come to classes so pupils can be working within their own classrooms developing their digital skills with the immediate feedback of the class teacher. We have been testing these out with the P7 class and are keen to develop the pupils’ skills in online research and basic IT skills. As part of our Social Studies topic of Democracy the pupils have used the Chromebooks to create leaflets and party manifestos for their own political parties. We have also used them to create Pie Charts in Maths as well as reading informative websites to support our engineering project.
Some quotes from the P7 pupils are;
How has the technology enhanced learning and teaching within your school/department?
The pupil’s motivation has been the biggest impact. They are always asking, ‘When can we use the Chromebooks again?’ From a teaching point of view we are accessing digital resources that we can use to support the children’s IT skills and research skills. As part of our planning we are able to incorporate their use into lessons across the curriculum and not be hindered by the technology.
Any tips for other schools looking to do a similar project?
We purchased a charging trolley for them and are still waiting for that to arrive. Printing material from a Chromebook is not possible in school as they are not connected to the server printers. We have to get pupils to access files on a desktop/laptop machine to access their Google Drive which can be time consuming.
Next steps for the project...
To roll out to other classes and create a school timetable use of the machines. We also intend to begin a computer/homework club for pupils and their families to attend in Term 4 but are hoping to override some of our technical issues before starting this.
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