Last week Techknowledge for Schools had its first Regional workshop under its new name. We were at Writhlington School in Bath, a fantastic secondary academy who have been using 1:1 mobile devices since 2012.
After a very early start and fuelled by coffee the Techknowledge for Schools team arrived at the school, was welcomed by the friendly staff and met our eager attendees.
There were some wonderful sessions on the day. After Mary Palmer, Director of Techknowledge for Schools told us all about the charity’s exciting new research we heard from Mark Everett, Head and Mark Bridges, Assistant Head of Writhlington who gave an honest account of their journey so far, from the pitfalls to the successes.
The students from the school then came and gave a presentation on how they use technology in their learning. They showed some of the apps they use and some of the work they have produced using technology, including some excellent music on “Garage Band”.
During this presentation we got a chance to be involved in the school’s DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Time. This went down very well with our guests and speakers, who relished a bit of time to sit and read for 15 minutes, something most educators usually only dream of! Michael from XMA and Rick from 9ine consulting then gave some advice on using 1:1 devices based on their experiences working with schools.
Our guests then had the fantastic opportunity to view 1:1 learning in action as they visited the school’s lessons and observed the wonderful interactive learning that was happening. Technology was being used in a wide range of lessons, from revision sessions in maths to recording observations in science, and even in a PE lesson. During this time delegates also got a chance to walk round the school’s stunningly decorated building and speak to the polite and friendly students.
The always inspirational Gary Spracklen from the Education Technology Action Group kicked off the afternoon’s events, telling us all about ETAG’s vision of education in 2025. Oli from Meru then tackled the issue of technology obstacles affecting classroom learning in their session.
Finally, Assistant Head Mark Bridges gave us all a demonstration in how to effectively use technology in a lesson. In his jam-packed session we saw some useful apps and ways of assessing pupil’s work. All attendees were engaged as they worked on tablets alongside him as he gave his ‘lesson’.
Overall the day was a success, with our guests saying it was an ‘informative useful mixture of sessions’ and a ‘great opportunity to learn from other schools.’
This was the first Techknowledge for Schools event I have had the pleasure of organising and attending, and it really opened my eyes to the role technology has to play in the classroom and a whole new way of looking at the role of the teacher. If you missed out on this informative day, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, or sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear of our next events.
Sophia Carleton Project Coordinator at Techknowledge for Schools