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Giving it a Go
Keen to explore a range of approaches to support students with learning challenges Sian Hughes, Haywood's Head of Inclusion, has added further dimensions to her curriculum delivery through the use of innovative technologies to enhance learning and teaching. Through an RM supported Action Research Project, which focussed on the use of technologies to promote Assessment for Learning and to encourage independent thinking and lesson participation, Sian has achieved encouraging results. Feedback from students suggests that Sian's willingness to 'have a go' with the technology to promote learning has been mirrored by her students who have embraced the approach with enthusiasm.
Everyone has to be involved and have a go...
The vote pads are good to use because they make the lesson more interesting and fun. I also learn a lot by using them because I have to pay attention. My answer will be on the board and you don't want to get it wrong in front of everyone
Sian used the technologies in a variety of imaginative ways to achieve the aims of the project. She used visualisers to provide instant feedback to students and combined the visualiser and the interactive whiteboard to annotate student work, modelling the assessment process. Voting pads were used to encourage peer review and to facilitate both formative and summative assessment. Mobile slates were used to encourage participation by all.
'I was surprised by how even the most reluctant students were willing to engage more fully with the lesson and to get actively involved through the medium of technology,' noted Sian.
They give me more confidence in my work because I know that 'Miss' will go through our answers first before we start doing the written work. If I don't understand or misunderstood in the first place, I 'get It' afterwards when I see everyone else's answers
They are good for questions as they make you think as you have to give an answer. Sometimes in a normal lesson you wouldn't bother, you'd just wait until the teacher said the answer or another student
I like using the true / false / don't know options when we are looking at text. It's really straight forward but at the same time, it makes it much easier. If I put 'don't know' a couple of times, my teacher comes to check I understand properly
When asked for her advice for other BSF staff regarding the use of technology to enhance learning and participation in Action Research Projects, Sian's responded, 'Give it a go! You need to commit to using the technology regularly but the CPD support offered is reassuring and effective and the outcomes for students worth the effort. If I can do it anyone can.'
Our congratulations go to Sian and her students for the results they have achieved.
Action Research Projects
Action Research Projects have formed an integral part of the bespoke Haywood and RM Change Management CPD Programme agreed with Haywood Assistant Head, Paula Pinson.
ARPs are a means of taking practical research into the classroom and are learning led. Designed to address specific teaching and learning outcomes identified by the teacher to support the school vision and subject development plans, they explore how technology can support those targets within a framework of identified success criteria and agreed review and evaluation processes. They are also useful in supporting BSF schools to make best use of the budgets available to them though assisting them to make even better informed choices about the technologies they select. ARPs are offered as part of each BSF schools bespoke Change Management CPD Programme negotiated with RM Education.
Katrina Hay Educational Development Manager RM Stoke
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