Our journey with educational technology
We first began looking for an IT solution in 2013 when, despite all of our best effort, children’s writing did not reflect the creativity and skills which we knew they possessed. We narrowed the problem down to a lack of opportunity to edit and improve their work. An IT solution seemed the logical approach and we began looking at the market. It was when we stumbled across Chromebooks and the ability to collaborate within Docs that we had the ‘lightbulb moment’.
What had initially been a project aimed at children from disadvantaged backgrounds, soon became school wide. And what had been a project aimed at writing, soon found its way in to every aspect of the curriculum (including PE). Since then we have become exclusively Chromebook, including the admin and SLT teams, and we have adopted this technology more and more into how we work.
Video has become our latest focus, not primarily due to lock down restrictions (although it really helped there), but just as a way of us sharing teaching and learning for parents and unlocking the potential of the media. We also believe in keeping things simple. Rather than overface staff and pupils with an ever growing library of tools and apps, we prefer to have a core toolbox of tried and tested, high quality resources which allow us to focus on the learning rather than learning the tech.
We have assisted quite a number of schools across Yorkshire with the move to the Cloud, Chromebooks and to Google for Education. This has ranged from whole day inputs to a simple telephone conversation or a visit to see how our children and teachers have adopted and adapted to this way of working.