Technology at Bader
Digital learning at Bader is fully embedded within the curriculum and day-to-day life of the school. Although discrete computing lessons take place, technology is predominantly used as a tool in order to assist learning, build home-school partnerships and engage children.
At Bader, learners in KS2 have a 1:1 Chromebook, this means they have their own personal device which can be used both at home and school in order to support their learning. The use of this device at home and school is one of the key benefits of the Chromebooks. As a substantial amount of the learning is completed in lesson time, using the Chromebooks, children are able to share this with parents – answering the many questions about ‘What have you done today?’, ‘What method did you use at school?’ and ‘What topic are you covering at the moment?’. We have also found that children are using Chromebooks more and more to either look back at the day’s learning, create slideshows about a particular interest or look forward to tomorrow’s learning. In addition to this, as the Chromebooks are restricted only to learning, children are using these to play Maths games, or use ‘Lexia’, a reading programme available on the Chromebooks. Infact, when the Sumdog competition is on, you can often spot Bader learners sat on the playground at the beginning of the day, pinned to the wall in order to reach the wifi!
In addition to the lesson content being stored on the Chromebooks, we are also trialling having all of the children’s assessment data available to both child and parent – this means that parents are able to see any particular ‘gaps’ children have. E.g. they are struggling with dividing multiples of ten or they need to work on use of speech marks.
Since the introduction of the Chromebooks, initially in Year 4 then moving to Year 3, we have found through the use of a collaborative enquiry that children are much more ready and willing to edit and improve their writing as this results in less ‘mess’ and ‘crossings out’. Through the collaborative enquiry it has also been noticed that children are taking more ownership of their learning and are keen to collaborate with each other on projects or targets as opposed to relying on the teacher to hand out challenges or give support.
The overall aim of the 1:1 initiative is to ensure that every child from Y2-Y6 has access to their own device. This program is subsidised by the school however we do ask for a voluntary contribution of £6 from parents, this covers the Chromebooks, insurance, safety monitoring and cases. Lower down the school in Y1 and EYFS they have access to ipads, apple macs and windows computers in order to support their learning – we believe that it is the way in which learners use technology that is important, not the technology itself.