Please find below a newsletter that gives some information on how the Bring Your Own Device scheme and Blended Learning has been used in Sandringham during the Autumn term of 2015.
We are pleased to make available a lending library of modern fiction eBooks via the VLeBooks service. This contains a range of popular fiction authors and books can be read online or ‘borrowed’ for offline reading by downloading to a tablet using the VLeBooks app.
We have also added a link to a range of classic eBooks that can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg.
Further details are in the attached flyer and user guides are also on the main MySandStorm page.
Putting the tools for eLearning into the hands of students and teachers is the first step, the next is to develop not only our pedagogy but also finding high quality sources of information on the Internet.
I’m sure many of you, like me, remember the many bound volumes of Encyclopaedia Britannica as the go-to source in the school library for reliable and well researched information on all sorts of topics. Well, we have just licensed the online version for staff, students and parents to use.
Over 100 editorial staff create, check and curate articles on Britannica. The 21st century version also has three levels of reading for instant differentiation, relevant audio and video clips and useful tools such as Citation, Translation, Text to Speech, ‘On this Day in History’ and Country Comparisons.
Below is a brochure that gives a brief tour of the product:
2015 Jan_A4_Britannica School UK brochure_HR
As year 7 and 10 now have their own devices in school, I thought it would be useful to collect together some examples of what learning the students have been undertaking in the last few weeks.
There is also a 1 minute video showcasing the different eLearning examples across a range of subjects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5oe63pOhLI
The Bring Your Own Device scheme has been running with year 8 since the start of September and we have learned a great deal about how technology can be integrated into learning.
The most surprising positive development is how Internet research has taken off as part of everyday lessons – students have reported how this has helped deepen and extend their learning. School internet usage statistics have surged as students are able to access learning resources online without having to relocate to an IT room – this has been particularly notable in Science with the 2014 curriculum being delivered via the Kerboodle Activate system.
Learning has been successfully extended beyond the school day with over 95% of students reporting that they have used their tablets for home learning. Many students are able to read our core English novel ‘Holes’ as a free eBook on their devices compared to previous years where there were a limited number of paper copies for use in class only.
From a staff point of view, we are concentrating on getting the basics right with a small selection of key apps and websites before branching out – be patient with us if ‘every app on the device’ hasn’t been used yet.
The students have also asked for the usage rules to be enforced more stringently so we will oblige. Students should only use devices in lessons with the permission of the teacher, or at lunchtime in the library with permission of the librarian.
Please see attached the survey results from over 160 students and staff that participated.