Archive for October 13th, 2014

Skaffl ~ Mobile learning platform

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments 

SkaffleIf you are fortunate enough to have 1:1 iPads in your classrooms, you might try Skaffl, as a mobile learning platform.

If your students keep a device every lesson, or if they share them with other classes, Skaffl aims to make one to one learning engaging for children, and easy for teachers. Design, and distribute, assignments, digitally. These can be completed online with the inbuilt editor.

Students work can be annotated from inside the app, providing feedback, and grades, to pupils. An annotation tool enables comments on work, seen either individually, or by class.

Rowlatts Hill Primary School, Leicester ~ Day 1

| October 13, 2014 | 14 Comments 

Rowlatts Primary School

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A training day at Rowlatts Hill Primary with the teaching staff from across the school ~ a deluge of digital delights, thinking about the impact that technology can have on extending, and developing, existing teaching and learning opportunities.

“Whilst young people are able to seamlessly integrate ever new forms of technology into their daily lives, it is often more of a challenge for school staff to respond to or embrace such rapid changes”. Therefore, today we looked beyond the technologies themselves to focus on the challenges facing school leaders to motivate staff to embrace ICT as a means to engage pupils.

In addition, it is always worth thinking whether technology can actually distract from the core values and business of school leadership, and if so, how to avoid this from happening.

We investigated many different “technologies” but tried to remain focussed on how they could be used effectively, and integrated into powerful learning experiences, that have have an impact on standards, and creativity, across the curriculum.

We also explored the many positive aspects of game challenges, and how other digital resources can enhance the end results in many learning contexts.

Thank you to Jay Virk, Headteacher, for sharing these thoughts:

Rowlatts Hill Primary School is an establishment completely comfortable with the multitude of exciting technological developments and innovations thrown at us by the 21st Century. With an enthusiastic and forward thinking approach to ICT and Computing in the school, we actively and proudly look forward, without fear, at new and challenging ways to learn and improve the ways we teach the children and community of Rowlatts Hill.

With constant access to iPads, PC’s, laptops, netbooks and iMacs, every class has the tools they need to make best use of current technology either as a learning tool or as a means to better carry out their work. We’re excited to be working with Tim and Sarah who join us in our Computing journey.