Using Google for Education to adapt and enhance home learning to provide students with teaching input as well as feedback and assessment.
Heron Hill Primary School supported by Britannia Education Trust
Heron Hill is a two-form-entry primary school situated in Cumbria. At the beginning of the school closures, teachers spent time preparing, printing and distributing numerous worksheets for the students to complete at home. By joining the EdTech Demonstrator Programme, they were paired with Britannia Education Trust. The support began with a video meeting and we discussed ways that home learning could be adapted and enhanced through technology in order to provide the students with teaching input as well as feedback and assessment.
Initially we supported the school getting set up with Google for Education which involved registering and creating a user account for each student. This support was delivered via online video conferencing with their deputy head. Training sessions were delivered to teachers demonstrating how they could record themselves and their screen and then embed the video onto a website that students could access. After a few weeks, teachers were posting support videos online that students could watch and they were providing personalised feedback for students based on the work that had been completed
We are still working together now that schools are open again, thinking more about how the technical knowledge and skills gained by staff and students can be utilised in the future to improve outcomes. The school is developing a digital strategy that will enable technology to enhance teaching and learning on a day to day basis and they have created a new role for one of their teachers to champion the use of technology across the curriculum.
Quote from Ian Murphy, Interim Headteacher:
“The support that we have received from Britannia Education Trust has been vital. We would not have been able to offer the children of Heron Hill the high standard of education that we did during the pandemic, without their expertise and advice.”