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.
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