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SANDYMOOR SCHOOL AS A MICROSOFT GLOBAL SCHOOL

TECHNOLOGY VISION

The vision for Technology for Sandymoor School is as follows:

‘Sandymoor School aims to enable every member of the school’s community of learners to achieve their full potential, whatever that is. Every member of the community is entitled to see themselves as an individual, secure in the knowledge that they will be challenged and supported in their learning journey. The school will aim for a pedagogy and culture of personalised teaching and learning.

Technology alone will not transform learning, but learning will not be transformed without it. Technology will be used in the service of learning as part of the learning culture, rather than an end in itself or a bolt-on. Using Technology, highly motivated students can be more in control of their own learning, guided by highly skilled staff focussing on the delivery of excellent personalised learning.’

EFFECTIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Technology will be used to maximum benefit throughout the school curriculum with training for teachers that never stops, and through both tailoring and broadening the curriculum to meet individual and group needs. Technology will be used for maximising opportunities for access to culturally and linguistically diverse resources. Access to Technology will be instant, with Technology available whenever the need is identified. Technology will be used wherever it is the best resource for learning to maximize the impact of teaching and increase the variety and effectiveness of teaching styles. It will be used to motivate and engage pupils and provide the best opportunities for every child and young person to achieve their full potential.

TECHNOLOGY AND SANDYMOOR SCHOOL

What does the Technology vision look like for a Sandymoor student?

A Sandymoor pupil will be able to access resources to support their personalised learning anytime, anywhere (although some multimedia resources will be best used in school with high bandwidth). Doing individual work, a pupil will be able to access the resources, which best suit their own learning style to achieve a clear learning outcome.

A Sandymoor pupil will be able to access formative, summative and adaptive assessment at the point of need, when appropriate, and receive immediate feedback, through onscreen assessment.

A Sandymoor pupil will be able to check the assigned homework online, complete it and
submit it to their teacher online.

A Sandymoor pupil will have instant access to and experience of the latest technology that will be the experience in the workplace as an integrated part of their learning in and out of school.
A Sandymoor pupil will have equal opportunity and access to the resource base that delivers for all.

WHAT DOES BEING AN INNOVATIVE SCHOOL LOOK LIKE?

As an innovative school, Sandymoor School will always look to challenge the normal ‘hegemony’ that exists in the system, particularly in terms of utilising technology. The school will include in its development plans in all areas sections that ensure that innovation is at the heart of school development. The school’s original focus will be held at the forefront of development and all initiatives:

SANDYMOOR SCHOOL: A FRESH APPROACH TO EDUCATION

Senior Leadership are always looking for ways to encourage innovation & staff looking to try new things will be supported and encouraged. Systems will be in place to ensure that staff & students know that innovation is not merely allowed, but the expected norm, encouraged and nurtured.
Systems and spaces will ensure that all members of the community are trusted and encourage collaborative learning.

LEARNING SPACES

The Sandymoor classrooms exemplify innovation in their design. In designing them, lessons have been learnt from the extreme innovation for innovation’s sake, but have been designed from the school’s ‘Blank Sheet of Paper’ approach to design:

  • There are no whiteboards on the walls; this is a replacement of 19th century blackboards/chalkboards, and do not engender innovative, collaborative learning.
  • The tables are arranged in collaborative clusters, around the room; the teacher controls the seating arrangements, to ensure effective learning opportunities are provided.
  • A twin projection system, providing display projection onto two walls, either at 90o or 180o to each other provides a more encompassing environment. The wall surface is painted in an ultra-matt, off-white paint to support eye health of students looking at the displays all day. A slightly green tinge to the paint provides a dyslexia-friendly surface.
  • A small portable whiteboard is then in each teaching space, for both students and staff to jot ideas down on, wheeling it where it is needed.
  • There is no teacher’s desk at the front of the room (there is no clearly defined ‘front’), and the teacher circulates around the space. Projection and lesson notes / PowerPoints are controlled by the teacher from handheld devices (either tablets or gyroscopic mice).
  • All of this design encourages staff & students to engage in learning in new and innovative ways.

TEACHING AND STUDENT INTERACTION STRATEGIES

  • Teaching will be delivered via technology as appropriate.
  • Lesson content is always available to students via the school’s Office 365 environment.
  • Static or subject-specific material can be accessed through the subject area Office 365 Site.
  • Dynamic, collaborative &/or class/student specific material is delivered via a shared OneNote (or collaborative ClassBook OneNote), creating effectively dynamic, personal textbooks.
  • Email is the preferred method of communication between staff & students. Class email groups are created to facilitate class notices.
  • Homework, project deadlines & student meetings are all deployed via Office 365 calendar invites.
  • Students are not issued with physical ‘planners’ or ‘homework diaries’; instead, students are expected to check their Office 365 accounts regularly to keep organised.
  • Staff & students are required to use OneDrive to store work-related personal documents, sharing as appropriate to collaborate.
  • Links to OneDrive / Site documents are the expectation in emails, rather than file attachments.

TECHNOLOGIES IN SANDYMOOR SCHOOL

There is a bewildering array of technologies out there, which can often be a barrier in its own right to successful adaptation. At Sandymoor, the following, whilst not being a prescriptive list, outlines the main technological solutions and the primary uses of them.

E-MAIL:
Preferred communication channel between staff-staff, staff-student, school-parent. Email provides a fast, effective communication chain that is recordable and actionable. Documents shall not be attached, but shared through OneDrive or via OneNote collaboration.

CALENDAR:
Calendars should be used to plan and record meetings, between staff & with students. Homework / project deadlines, etc., are set via calendar invites

ONEDRIVE:
Online, personal storage. The primary storage location for staff & student files that are predominantly for personal use, limited group audience or collaboration.

OFFICE 365 – SITES:
Targeted group spaces, Sites form the backbone of what would traditionally be shared storage spaces.

Departmental sites collect departmental / subject specific resources for students and staff to access. Schemes of work can be shared and exemplified through site design, making the subject more accessible. Other targeted areas store staff-specific information, policies, etc.

ONENOTE / CLASSBOOK CREATOR:

OneNote is the primary note-recording tool for meetings, with all internal attendees sharing a notebook to record meeting notes, actions & outcomes.
OneNote / Classbook Creator is the primary class-based collaboration tool, with a shared notebook effectively creating a personalised, flexible, evolving and growing.

YAMMER
Student-student, staff-staff & staff-student ‘social’, informal collaboration space. Designed to work in conjunction with everything else, an informal space for discussion, debate, support and somewhere to spark interest, light a fire or support struggling students.