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Kibworth CE Primary School and Blended Learning  

 

At Kibworth CE Primary School, we have always placed a big emphasis on Educational Technology (EdTech) and how it can positively impact teaching and learning; from reducing workload for teachers to helping to keep children actively engaged and enhancing their learning and development.

We have seen, first-hand, how empowering teachers, parents and pupils with technology can help them achieve more.  We have seen how the right technology, used at the right time can remove barriers to learning and close educational gaps.  And we have seen how, by using technology to put the student at the centre of the classroom, children develop the 21st century skills – problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and resilience, needed to succeed in the

“Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of a great teacher can be transformational”.     George Couros, 2015, The Innovator’s Mindset.

Discovery Trust’s Blended Learning Journey

Our Blended Learning Journey

Teaching Children Technology

Technology and the classroom

There is no denying that we live in a digital world.  Technology is now part of almost every aspect of daily life.  We can’t go anywhere without our mobile phones – our lives are on them.  We use technology to shop, to bank, to work, to connect with friends and family.  We listen to music from a Cloud.  We watch what we want, when we want and where we want.  Can you imagine a world without technology?

By harnessing the power of technology, we’ve brought countless improvements into our homes, our workplaces, and the society we live in — so why should the classroom be any different?

Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

Creates a more engaged environment

It’s easy to think that technology could act as a distraction in the classroom and detract from the purpose of the lesson.  In fact, evidence shows that using technology can help encourage active participation in the classroom.  Using devices like a computer, tablet, or other type of technology in your classroom can help turn traditionally dull subjects into interactive and fun activities.  And when children are interacting and having fun – deep levels of learning take place.

Improves collaboration

Teachers have observed an increased frequency of pupils helping each other when they’re using technology in the classroom. Many technology-based tasks involve other aspects, and this leads to situations where students need to seek help from their peers or the teacher. Additionally, when pupils are assigned to small groups, the children who are more technologically advanced can assist their inexperienced peers.

Prepares children for the future

We’ve all seen the impact that technology has had on our lives and how much we have come to depend on it.  Technology is not going away and no matter which career our children choose, these roles will inevitably require some tech skills, and ideally some advanced ones.

Creates a more inclusive environment

Technology allows some pupils to be included in the classroom in ways they have never been before. Many children who have special educational needs can benefit from technology that helps them write, spell, read and do maths.

Spelling mistakes can be pointed out. Adaptive readers highlight text or read aloud to pupils so they can research and use websites like their peers using technology.

Allows for remote learning

We have seen over the past 2 years just how valuable technology is in allowing pupils to be taught in any place at any time.  Technology not only allowed us to continue teaching children at home during the pandemic but is has also allowed teachers to teach children in school, while they themselves were isolating.

Technology removes the barriers of time, place and space and presents us with so many opportunities for teaching and learning.

Frees up teachers’ time and improves teaching and learning

Digital devices can be used to share lesson planning and resources.  Teachers can easily collaborate with each other, not only across our school but across the Trust and further afield.  By using technology, teachers can spend less time planning, evaluating and marking and more time engaging with students.

Teaching children STEM skills

One of our jobs as educators is to prepare children for the future.  As such, we have a responsibility to ensure children acquire the skills necessary to be successful in the world – a world where the use of technology is developing at a rapid pace and most of the jobs that future generations will be doing, haven’t even been invented yet.

As part of Discovery Trust, we have been fortunate to acquire a variety of STEM equipment. Though the Acer STEM rewards programme, we have been able to purchase MS Surface books, drones, spheros, microbits, VR headsets and a 3D printer.  The impact on teaching and learning has been immense.

See for yourself the impact Acer STEM Rewards are having in our school.

Blended Learning in Action

We regularly hold Blended Learning Days at Kibworth CE Primary school and across the trust, to showcase blended learning in action and allow school leaders and teachers to see how we are using EdTech within the classroom to enhance teaching and learning.

If you would like to arrange a bespoke visit, please email mbeck@dsatkibworth.org

Becoming a Microsoft Showcase School

In 2021, Kibworth CE Primary School became a Microsoft Incubator School for the Microsoft Showcase School Programme.

A Microsoft Showcase School is committed to school-wide digital transformation, leveraging Microsoft’s Education Transformation Framework to drive a culture of learning, innovation, and continuous improvement.

Being accepted on to the programme demonstrates our commitment to exploring new approaches to teaching and learning to ensure students are prepared for success in school and life.

Blended Learning Webinars

A series of webinars to support schools with embedding blended learning into their teaching and learning.