This Autumn all our students from Year 3 upwards were provided with a laptop to transform their learning whether in school or at home. Technology has become a fundamental part of our education, not only allowing us to deliver great teaching and learning but as a platform for collaboration and productivity. We have witnessed first-hand the positive impact it can have, putting students at the heart of their learning by increasing engagement, developing intrinsic interpersonal skills, and preparing them for the future of adult life.
Harnessing the power of technology
Technology, when used correctly, can be a powerful and transformational tool in education. Here, Sir Kevan Collins, Cognita board member and Chair of the Education Advisory Board, explains how we will harness this power across the Cognita group of schools.
Platforms and technology
We use a variety of platforms and resources to support the learning and educational experience of our children. These platforms include:
- Microsoft Teams
All students in Year 3 upwards have 1-to-1 devices
The next phase in Cognita’s digital learning journey was to provide students in Year 3 and above with a 1-to-1 device, either a laptop or an iPad. Akeley students received their devices in October and the roll out was hugely succesful. 1-to-1 is defined as a school-managed device that is assigned to only one student for the duration of their education.
We believe that 1-to-1 devices are powerful tools that augment and transform the learning experience. They will be used in balance with other teaching methodologies and woven into lessons in a planned and meaningful way to support the learning outcomes.
They also enable seamless learning between school and home, offering the best possible resilience against any future disruption to students’ education.
Here are five key benefits to using 1-to-1 devices in the classroom:
Students become more engaged with their own learning
In a 1-to-1 environment, the learning shifts from the traditional instructor-led model to become more student-centred. Students experience greater independence, greater task completion, and a more efficient workflow with the ability to electronically manage and share tasks in a single environment.
Students benefit greatly from 1-to-1 in the development of their collaboration skills. By sharing a digital workspace, students can create and edit content together, refine each other’s contributions, and exchange information and ideas.
Creation of a ‘Digital Portfolio’
Students can build a digital portfolio of their work, allowing them to track and demonstrate their growth over extended periods of time.
Personalised learning and differentiated instruction
Students do not learn at the same pace and in the same way. 1-to-1 technology makes it possible for students to receive differentiated content and assignments, using a variety of methods and tools.
Improved assessment and digital feedback
Students can receive feedback in a myriad of new ways, from digital annotation to voice notes. 1-to-1 devices will also allow teachers to see that their feedback is being acted upon which is critical for student progress.
We have put together a handy guide to our new 1-to-1 device programme featuring further information on the devices, their benefits and the safety protocols and software we have put in place. Download it below:
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