Following the launch of our Digital Learning Strategy some three years ago, we created a Digital Leaders Group comprising a range of pupils from across the Senior School and Sixth Form. Since then, the group has provided valuable analysis and critique of our programme and, more recently, pupils have looked at how its switch from class-led teaching to remote schooling is working. Here is a precis of the group’s feedback …
- Pupils have found the remote learning experience to be very positive, with many commenting on the ease of access to resources through Sparkjar and our Digital Learning Spaces.
- Contact with teachers has been easy and worthwhile. All pupils are now accustomed to regular video conference calls at the beginning of lessons, finding these very useful for touching base and setting out the guidelines for the work.
- Other applications like Quizlet have been useful in helping to keep learning interesting and dynamic.
- Sparkjar has been extremely useful in keeping track of workloads, although there seems to be a bug regarding notifications not disappearing, which is currently being investigated.
- International pupils have encountered some challenges with downloads and app use due to local internet restrictions but they have managed extremely well in navigating alternative approaches with the support of their teachers.
- The use of new applications such as Microsoft Stream has been useful for accessing educational videos in some subjects.
- Moving forward, some pupils would like to see more resources created for use on the iPad, for example, dynamic quizzes such as those accessible through our Digital Learning Spaces and the Microsoft Forms application.