St John’s IT Rationale

St John’s RC IT Rationale 2019

Edinburgh as an educational authority values the use of mobile technology embedded into lessons and sees it as one way of developing the young workforce. Although technology will no doubt change and evolve between now and when our pupils have entered their chosen careers, it is important to give them the skills required to reach their full potential. iPads are a cost effective and manageable way to engage learners in class and develop a variety of technological skills including programming and digital safety.

iPads in class will be used to access information online, present understanding of learning using apps such as Pic Collage and Book Creator and allow more communication with teachers within the classroom setting. It is hoped that P6 & 7 pupils will be able to use Microsoft365 tools including Team and Notebook to work collaboratively with others whilst saving their own work into a cloud based file.

As our senior pupils head towards High School transition, iPads will be used to improve the move between schools. Using their unique logins, pupils’ work will stay with them throughout their primary learning journey and this body of work will be used to inform their secondary teachers of their abilities.

We have iPads in all classes at present, until now Primary 7 have been the only class to have 1:1 capability. We are hopeful that by rolling this 1:1 programme to P6, pupils will have no barriers to IT access and will be able to call upon information from a wide range of sources.

The iPads also communicate with the Promethean boards in class using Apple TV, when the school opened this was one of the big features for learning and teaching. Pupils can share their work from iPads onto one of the three screens in class. This is particularly useful in group work tasks.

Class sets of iPads also enable us to remove barriers to learning for some pupils. It is a safe regulated space for children to access online resources and although many children have mobile technology at home, not all children have this level of access.

For children who have additional learning needs in literacy, iPads allow more for more extended writing by using apps such as Clicker docs and Primary Writer to support spelling.

We are delighted to have the facility to enable our P6 pupils to access technology alongside more traditional ways of evidencing learning. Our P6 teachers are excited to embrace new ways of learning and sharing this knowledge in class and I’m sure all our pupils will reap the benefits of 1:1 iPads as they progress towards High School transition.

Mark Burgess, Depute Head teacher

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