Digital Learning Strategy
Our school is the proud inheritor of the tradition of innovation and data driven progress espoused in the life and work of Florence Nightingale. In preparing our pupils for the world, we place the best interests of the individual child at the centre of all we do. Our school is not just a place for the acquisition of knowledge, our mission is as much about formation as it is about education.
In the context of this development, we have identified three principles – academic ambition, belief and compassion – which are served by our curricular and co-curricular offering. The use of tablet devices in education sits within the context of these three principles and is not seen as an end in itself but a means to this end. Tablets form part of a multi-faceted approach to teaching and learning and contribute to our vision of developing pupils with character: pupils who are competent, confident and compassionate, and ready to take their place in the world and effect meaningful change to make the world a better place.
Our Digital Learning Strategy is based around the use of three main tools and supported by the use of subject specific apps:
Digital Learning Spaces
This new, ever evolving and expanding resource will provide our pupils with easy access to teacher-curated digital content – a digital textbook – be it during lessons, exam revision or at home. Pupils will be given a password to access the Digital Learning Spaces when outside the school network.
This tool will allow teachers to set and keep track of work. It will also enable pupils to submit work and receive feedback in various formats, including voice commentary. Sparkjar is used primarily when the work that needs to be done is in digital format, otherwise ordinary exercise books are used. Think of Sparkjar as a digital exercise book.
Microsoft Office 365
All staff and pupils have access to Microsoft’s full suite of Office tools, including very familiar ones such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel or Outlook, but also some less familiar ones such as Sway, OneDrive and OneNote. Combined, these resources provide our staff and pupils with a powerful cloud storage solution that facilitates file sharing and communication.