Creative use of digital technologies to enhance children's independent learning across the curriculum. |
St Mary and St Andrew's Catholic Primary School - Best Practice Award
Our plan was to use digital technologies to enhance collaborative teaching and learning across the curriculum. We set out by joining Lancashire Digital Technologies Research Network to collaborate and share best practice.
To ensure that use of technology did not distract from the children's learning, all staff were trained in the use of iPads to enhance the learning environment and to provide unique opportunities for pupil review and presentation across the curriculum.
As a result of the project, pupil aspirations have been raised through increased challenge, expectation and opportunities. Learning environments have also been enhanced through greater access, engagement and trained support.
We continue our involvement in the network and in the training of all staff, resulting in improved standards in the teaching and learning environment through the adoption of cutting edge digital technologies for now and for the future.
Hillside Specialist School and College - Good Practice Award
To assess the use of iPads throughout the school and the positive impact iPads have had on helping children with Autism access the Curriculum.
Rosegrove Nursery School, Basnett Street Nursery School, Rockwood Nursery School, Taywood Nursery School - Innovative Practice Award
It was evident that through the use of 'Little Me', children's personal, social and emotional development was supported and communication between home and school was enhanced.
.... and learning throughout the school
Lever House Primary School (Best Practice Award)
The vision was:
In 2006, Apple computers were purchased and placed through school in addition to video cameras, ipods and digital cameras.
Sept 2006 - 2007 focussed on training staff and pupils on video - filming, editing and exporting.
.... and Raising Standards
Flakefleet Primary School (Good Practice Award)
... community and calm to the school day
St Augustine's Roman Catholic Primary
...Becta's Self Review Framework
Lancaster Road Primary School (Good Practice)
The school used Becta's Self Review Framework in order to focus on enhancing teaching and learning and to raise standards. A renewed vision for ICT was formulated and now contributes to the aims and objectives for whole school development. The ICT curriculum has been modified in order to keep pace with pupils increased ability and also with developments in the renewed frameworks.
Subject leaders looked more closely at their areas of responsibility and are more aware of how ICT can enhance their subjects. Class teachers are using more multimedia interactive resources and ICT is now embedded naturally into the curriculum. Regular CPD has been key to these developments.
Parents are engaging more in their childrens learning via Moodle and pupils are extending their learning beyond the school day.
The assessment of ICT has been overhauled with more emphasis being placed on pupil self assessment. Pupils have more understanding of what is expected and what the next steps will be.
E-safety is incorporated into planning and a scheme of work has been developed.
Learning has become more exciting, relevant and fun; pupils have access to a range of ICT technologies which enable them to exploit their creativity.
St Philip's Primary School (Good Practice)
Pendle Networked Learning Community has existed in various forms for over two decades and was originally a relationship created for the mutual support of a group of very small schools. The group is a diverse group, some serve rural communities, others are in urban contexts. That diversity enriches our relationship and has enabled us to promote a number of school- to-school projects over recent years strongly linked to social cohesion.
Ormskirk Asmall Primary School (Best Practice)
For several years the school had put ICT at the forefront of its development plans. Funds had been used to purchase a wide range of hardware including one computer to every 3 children and interactive whiteboards and digital projectors.
However, even though ICT was being used effectively by teaching and support staff to enhance lessons, it was felt that its use could be developed further. Following a review of the curriculum it was decided to focus on the use of ICT to extend and develop creativity across the curriculum. ICT became central to the programmes of study as opposed to an addition.As a consequence the children became more involved and excited about the possibilities of new technology to develop their studies. They now regularly produce Powerpoint presentations and have established Asmall Radio which broadcasts to the whole school. But perhaps, most exciting of all, they were able to monitor the bluetits as they nested in the nest box fitted with the digital camera.
The staff and pupils of the school were thrilled to receive the best practice award as an acknowledgement of their achievements.
Silverdale St. Johns C.E. School
This school has made extensive use of video conferencing to enrich the curricular experience of their children and first became involved with the Cambridge University Motivate project in 2002. This involved all year groups taking part in video conferencing focusing on enrichment in mathematics and simultaneous collaborative work around the world. The school has since worked with national museums on a variety of projects and in 2004 took part in the LCC Museum Service Pilot, working in particular with Helmshore Textile Museum. As well as being highly motivating for children, video conferencing also provides access to expertise not otherwise available e.g. a conversation with the curator at the National Portrait Gallery, or by talking live with six year old children in Karachi. Children learn quickly how to ask open rather than closed questions.
... phase one of Letters and Sounds
Rosegrove Nursery School
The project of developing ICT resources to improve speaking and listening skills has been hugely successful and satisfying.
Lordsgate Township CE Primary School (Best Practice Award)
Raising standards in ICT has been the main focus of Lordsgates School Improvement Plan since 2000. However, in 2004 we decided to develop this area further by making the use of ICT within the whole school curriculum our main focus. Our aim was to further improve pupils standards in ICT by their experiences gained using ICT in a practical context. Teaching and learning across the curriculum has been enhanced by provision of a greater variety of resources and tools enabling teachers to cater for different learning styles. This has had a positive impact on pupils enjoyment as lessons are more interactive. Children actively queue up for undertaking responsibility for the equipment. This development required staff training and dedication as well as additional funding earmarked in the school budget, NGFL and E-Learning Credits. The Excellence Award has been a way of acknowledging the staffs commitment and efforts in this area as well as celebrating our achievements of enhancing teaching and learning through using ICT within the curriculum.
... across the curriculum
Clitheroe Royal Grammar School
Following our Ofsted Report in March 2002, we set out to improve the variety of teaching and learning, and to raise standards, by widespread incorporation of the use of ICT across the curriculum. A rolling programme of investment in upgraded ICT facilities in computer rooms was implemented. In 2003/4 two 'mobile classrooms' were purchased to make 20 computers available in 'standard' teaching rooms. From 2004, installation of interactive whiteboards in teaching rooms was identified as a spending priority. All teaching staff now have a laptop. Staff training in the use of the new facilities has been ongoing. Departments have been actively encouraged to use e-Learning Credits to provide resources to enhance their teaching. We are currently developing increased use of the intranet.
As a result of these changes, students now have access to a greater range of resources to enable more independent learning. They can use the intranet from home for after-hours learning and research. They can e-mail work to and from school, enabling more effective progress, for example when doing coursework. They routinely present work using PowerPoint. Staff have access to a wider range of teaching styles and up-to-the-minute resources which enhance the enjoyment and achievement of their pupils.
Wrightington Mossy Lea Primary School
Our project for using ICT to support learning has been both interesting and successful. We have used a mixture of Videoconferencing and digital learning to support children's development.
Children have taken part in videoconferences in a variety of curriculum areas and are gaining confidence in using ICT to support their learning. One area that we have particularly developed is Speaking and Listening. Videoconferencing has resulted in progress being made in this area particularly in KS2.
Being a small rural school, we have felt that his project has resulted in links with other schools and has made a cultural difference to the children's development.
Heskin Pemberton C.E Primary School (Good Practice Award)
For the past two years the school has put ICT development as a key focus in the School Development Plan to enhance learning and teaching an all areas of the curriculum. Funding has been used to enhance ICT. Each class has desktop computers available for the children, but we now also have a bank of laptops. Each room has an interactive white board and projector. We have purchased digital cameras, video cameras and data handling equipment. Staff have been given time for training to develop their use of ICT opportunities across the curriculum. Children have developed their skills to a very high standard. They now regularly produce Multi-Media presentations, photograph stories and information posters related to many aspects of learning. The children enjoy their lessons especially when ICT is involved.
Aughton Town Green Primary School - Good Practice Award
.... progression document.
Red Marsh School - Good Practice Award