Before we start lets give you a bit of an overview as a school we have about 600 devices in school with Windows 7 & Office 2010, students at home generally had better IT software than we had at school, ie Windows 7/8 Office 2013, some at the other end of the spectrum still used Windows XP and Office 2003. So as an IT Team there were still request that work completed in school was not opening or looking correct on machines at home, students could take work home on a USB stick but sometimes that would get lost/ mis – laid or corrupt. Russell had his own on technical agenda with the current VLE in the fact it did’nt inspire teachers through complexity, and if it didn’t inspire teachers it was never going to catch on with children. The days when VLE’s were introduced and IT advisors predicted students would go home and connect to the VLE and communicate never materialised, student do go home connect and communicate on various social platforms, we also wanted to take advantage of this.A major part of the deployment was to make sure we work with our students in shaping the offering, rather than here is the next thing. So we worked with 6th form students, and in time appointed Paul Harvey and Harry Traynor who have designed, deployed and trained staff and students in Office 365, it’s a great reward for school to give students ownership in these rollouts. Also students tend to goto them first than to ask us !
So we asked students what they liked about the Office 365 tools we have given them, and there results cam back like this SharePoint - resources in sites were easy to search and find. Students helped design the clear and functional way of navigating around. We still have some work to do here but students told us its easier to upload work and find resources.SkyDrive Pro - big bonus with Office 365 as an added location to save in, Office WebApps and the ability share documents collaboratively. DreamSpark featured quite prominently and I don’t think students realise its not part of Office 365 but our webstore does good business ! Visual Studio 2013 is our best downloaded item at the moment, so students have the tools to study MTA in Software Development through the IT AcademyStudent Advantage – we registered in December and this has been a great plus point for students to be running the latest version of Office at home as they do at schools. This has seen a increase in the number of students doing the Microsoft Office Specialist certification, which is great when looking at the IDC survey which identifies Microsoft Office skills as a desired skill in the future!OneNote We have been working hard educating staff and students on OneNote, the ability to organise your work in a logical manner, share the information and get instant feedback has been great. Some of our Year 8 Student Digital Leaders have started using the OneNote App from the store to photograph whiteboard notes in class and share that with friends.As you can see a typical student OneNote from Year 8
We then added Yammer to replace the Newsfeed in Office 365 to improve messaging and information delivery around the school taking advantage of the mobile platforms Yammer support. Method we can distribute information and resources to students on a platform that they know
This paragraph is from the National Curriculum for Computing and within the emphasis of computing, there still needs to be emphasis on social sites and how to behave and look after a digital footprint online. Yammer for that also ticks these boxes as we are now able to work with lower school children on safely understanding digital profiles and address e-safety concerns using a Facebook ‘style’ site. Up until now e-safety has been done by students writing essays.Taking a look round we can see the Newsfeed embedded at the heart of operations specific to me on the left hand side are the SIG’s Special Interest Groups which people can dive into at anytime . Again participation is the key and this has allowed lower school children to participate in discussions with teachers and senior leaders about shaping the direction of the school.Students also understand ‘Likes’ as a method of feedback which is a great for students to see how well they have done .We also have some external networks The staff and studentsThe staff only The 6th formThis allows us to continue using one platform but keeping staff information for staff only.A question on peoples mind will be has this been abused, well no is the answer so far as it is done through education about how these are the tools you will be using in the work place or university, of course we monitor keywords on our machines using Securus.So education is the key to using these new technologies in school.
So our students and teachers are equipped with Office 365, this has only been since late November but what do they make of it ?This is Mr Pearce Deputy Head of Sixth form who we gave a Surface and Office 365 to and the rest the say is history!
BETT 2014: Flipped Learning: How Wymondham High Academy Trust is using Office 365 Education, Yammer and Surface to transform teaching and learning (Kevin Sait)
‘Flipped Learning: How Wymondham High Academy Trust is
using Office 365 Education, Yammer and Surface to transform
teaching and learning’
What is Flipped Learning?
Traditional teaching in our school dictates the teacher spending over 80% of the lesson on instructing students.
The other 20% of the time is spent on students applying the learning, this normally finishes up with it being set as homework.
This meant fast learners couldn’t move forward, slow learners tended to struggle to keep up.
Flipped Learning using Office 365 allows teachers to pre-prepare content, using tools they are familiar with, and share them with students
to study at home.
Fast learners then learn at there own pace, slow learners may use the content a couple of times before the lesson to be familiar with it.
By pre-preparing students before the lesson, this means students can come into a lesson and get on with the application of the learning. With
the teacher being on hand to facilitate and answer questions from students.
Tools like Yammer and Lync have allowed students ask and post questions about the content and gain feedback.
Students come to the lesson ready to ‘Get On’.
So now in a lesson we have the flipped 20 % is now spent on instructing the students and 80% on the application of the learning with teachers
being able to work with groups of learners more effectively.
Making the Technology Seamless
‘make it as easy for colleagues to share information
with students as it is to save a document in Word’
‘simple building bricks to make
technology integration effortless’
120 Surface RT’s in school
Part of the Microsoft Education deal
Great compliment to Office
2013, split screen on Windows 8.1
‘understand a range of ways to use
responsibly and securely,
including protecting their online
identity and privacy; recognise
inappropriate content, contact and conduct
and know how to report