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!).
The Digital Learning Team will add news or examples of good practice on here so keep checking back for up to date info.