Ask Lisa for questionnaire – photocopy and note in bibliography.
Casllwchwr have been in the focus of media attention for a while now due to the continued effort and support for the implementation of apple equipment throughout the school. Due to the hard efforts of both teachers, support staff and pupils we have gained a highly commended award from NAACE. We were the only welsh primary school to be nominated for the award and are very proud of what we have achieved. We have also caught the eye of the Welsh Minister for education – Leighton Andrews. He has personally visited the school to see what we are doing and how the children are reacting and engaging with the equipment. He was so impressed that he has spread the word about how digital technology (implemented in the right way) can only enhance the learning opportunities of children today. This is the way that education is heading and to avoid it wouldn’t equip our pupils with the skills they need for the future.Head teacher Simon Pridham and digital leader, Sarah Reece have also worked hard at teaching and guiding others by holding ‘Digital Days’ in school. These have been very popular and give other teachers and leaders the opportunity to see how the equipment is being used and how it can effect both teaching and learning.
Finish with this quote and discuss that this is what it boils down to. If we just teach pupils skills on the PC we wouldn’t be preparing them for the future.
Mobile Devices within the Primary Classroom
A mobile device is a small hand-heldcomputing device. They typically have a touch screen with keyboard application. Some of the devices being used in Casllwchwr Primary School…
• To enhance all areas of the curriculum;• Make learning accessible to all;• SEN and MATs children are gaining greater opportunities;• Improved enthusiasm.
• Increased enthusiasm for learning;• Boys are becoming more engaged;• Inclusive;• Can be used across the curriculum;• Improved home-school links;• Wireless;• Children are learning without realising.
In October 2011 The Guardian wrote an article about a school in Carmarthenshire and how digital technology has made an impact. The comments (shown below) support Casllwchwrs findings. "We were looking to beef up technology and find ways of engaging the pupils in different ways. Im convinced its having an impact.“"A lot of the boys especially dont like writing," she said. "They feel pressurised if they are asked to write down a story." Instead, they use applications such as Storyrobe, which allows them to use still images and video to create a story. They can add their own voice to tell the story rather than writing it down. "They can quickly share it with their peers, and they like doing that,"
• Lack of equipment;• Lack of training/confidence;• Price;• Life span (how long until something better is on the market?!);• Pressure on parents;• Security issues.
November 2011 saw the release of an article on BBC news, Cornwall reporting on the influx of iPads for all 900 pupils at a local school. The idea wasn’t welcomed by all and below are some comments made..."Were all for technology, but lets just remember an iPad is a premium product with a premium price.” "You can get cheaper laptops which are more hard-wearing.” "If you think of the battering school equipment takes, do you think theres any chance that most of these iPads are going to make it through the next couple of years without some being broken or lost? That comes as an additional cost."
“It has huge benefits for all “It engages with children. It’s a child’s world.” inclusive and supportive. It’s a chance to push those who are MATs.” “It is an “It arms them opportunity to with essential practise skills skills which all across the sectors of the curriculum in a workplace alreadyfun and enjoyable require.” way.”
Devices in SchoolDevice Type Location Quantity iMac Library/Reception 2 class Macbook Library 2 iPad Library/x1 per class 27 iPod Library 15
Cost per individual item 1200 1000Cost in £’s 800 600 400 200 0 iMac MacBook iPad iPod Devices
Feedback from Leighton Andrews… “…Casllwchwr have demonstrated what can be achieved through intelligent use of digital technologies. …They have placed great emphasis on high quality, accessible digital classroom content that meets the need of both teachers and pupils.” Welsh Education Minister – Mr Leighton Andrews, Jan 2012
“I think the iPads “My favourite app make learning fun. to use is the I have learnt a lot football maths of new skills and game. It is fun enjoy using and exciting.” iMovie.” “My favourite app“I love using the is Popplet. It is apple equipment colourful and easybecause it is fun to use. I like that and I enjoy I can draw or put exploring the in a picture too.”different apps to help with my topic.”
• Mobile devices have had a positive impact throughout the school;• Introduction of more equipment has meant greater opportunities;• The school is being recognised for the fantastic effort and progress being made, not just in Wales but further afield too!
“Teachers need access toinnovative services. We mustprepare pupils for the future workplace“
• Blip.tv• South Wales Evening Post – thisissouthwales.co.uk• Staff and pupils at Casllwchwr Primary School• Tree banner - interactioneducation.com• glasgowcomputers.com• www.fotopedia.com/items/flickr-4545524716• www.guardian.co.uk• www.learningobservatory.com• www.newswales.co.uk• www.cymru.gov.uk
• http://asp-uk.secure-zone.net/v2/index.jsp?id=639/684/1625&lng=en• http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/oct/30/education-ipad• http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-15590024• http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8457679.stm• Benjamin-nagel• Bob August• Vacekrae• Picture of iPad2 by kun530• Picture of Leighton Andrews – authorised by Leighton Andrews.