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Cumran’s 3rd Millennium video is very well constructed, with clear clips and subtitles supported by an informative commentary with children as hosts, which together make it an enlightening joy to watch.
The video begins by saying that the school embraces technology to support 21st century teaching and learning. There is a very good and interesting range of technology. There are numerous insights as to how and why the technologies are used. The young hosts make the final point that it is not what technology you have that is important, but what you do with it!
Well done – I really enjoyed watching this
Cumran Primary School has succeeded in creating a very powerful “Pupil Video” that communicates the importance of ICT as part of teaching and learning in the 21st century.
There is a very wide range of education technology that pupils are obviously familiar with using as part of everyday learning activities, including computers, laptops, iPads, interactive displays, programmable devices and accessories.
It is clear that the school goes beyond just using technology to engage children in their learning and believe that they are preparing children for their lives ahead in which they will continue to need to learn in a technological world. Video conferencing is used to broaden curriculum and provide virtual fieldwork experiences and access to subject and topic experts outside of the school and the country.
Pupils explain how their use of ICT is linked as part of paths to across the curriculum including making progress in areas such as literacy and numeracy.
Increased engagement and motivation in learning is apparent and the impact that some applications of technology is having on boys is particularly noted.
The video includes information about how parents are given access to and shown how children are using technology as part of their learning. Parental engagement is taken further through the use learning platforms and communication tools to keep parents informed and to maintain a dialogue about their children’s learning.
The pupil presented video is also a great source of information about the range of apps and online platforms used by pupils as part of their learning. The pupil presenters introduce some great short examples of how technology is used to support the “5 Es” – Explore, Express, Exchange, Evaluate and Exhibit.
The film shows sophisticated use of video media, animations and presentations by pupils as part of learning, story-telling, developing creativity and improving the quality and understanding of their work.
The familiarity of pupils and staff with technology in general is particularly evident in the high production qualities of the video as well as the ease and confidence of the pupil presenters and the other pupils shown using technology to create and learn.
I would also encourage people to watch the “Educator Video” that explains the journey the school has taken to embed the use of technology so effectively. The video gives a real insight into how the school has developed the use of technology and empowered staff to be capable and confident in this use. A structured approach using the Naace Self-review Framework and ICT Mark has clearly supported planning and actioning progress that has led to school improvement.
For me the most important factor highlighted is to provide the time and opportunities for staff to develop, giving regular time within staff meetings to share practice, encouraging staff to take the time to evaluate the impact of technology and giving access to targeted training where required. The school has clearly benefited from involvement in wider communities of practice, collaboration and both receiving and providing training and support to other schools.