We are delighted to announce that Kerem is continuing their technological leap forward with the Project iPad as part our development plan to enhance the teaching and learning.
The Staff and Governors of Kerem School believe Kerem is a “school of the future”. The DfES describe the school of the future as an “E-Confident school”. We do this by embracing technology and over the past couple of years we introduced a mobile learning strategy.
We developed from an introduction of iPads, initially into ICT lessons and at our EYU, thereafter to Year 6. Each child was given a 1-2-1 iPad to use to enhance their learning across the curriculum. Based on its success we rolled out the iPads on a 1-1 basis across the junior classes. From September 2015 all children from Year 3-6 (122 children) will have personal iPads. The children in Nursery-Year 2 are familiar with the iPads and use class sets in lessons in addition to their computing lessons. We are continuing to upgrade our core ICT infrastructure for our staff and pupils alike as well as further developing our Computing curriculum. This has been a huge success allowing pupils to take control over their own learning. In our recent ISI inspection, where we achieved excellent in all areas, the inspectors picked up on the use of the iPads in the classroom, reporting “Teaching uses a broad range of resources imaginatively; [uses of] tablet computers enhances the pupils’ interest and their learning.” They also felt that iPad are “used productively and imaginatively enabling pupils to increase their learning.”
Over the past two summers we have also completed an extensive programme of upgrades to our IT infrastructure. It is our vision that the use of technology will serve the broader vision of the whole school of excellence in learning, and we expect it shouldalso develop skills in specific areas such as confidence with technology, creative navigation and the ability to meet non-linear challenges. We hope to achieve this through a scheme of work which has ICT threaded through all areas of the curriculum and is supplemented by both dedicated Computing classes and home learning. We want our pupils to use technology as a tool for learning in all learning spaces and not just in a dedicated ICT suite.
As one of our former pupils said, “Having my own iPad means I can take control of my own learning at my own pace.”
As you will know, Apple have a long history in the education sector and the iPad ushered in a new era of interactive educational content. We have seen how they add a whole new dimension to the children’s learning. At the simplest level, we have identified Apps we will use that aid specific subjects – whether it is games that develops Maths skills, reading Apps that include interactive elements, or Ivrit and Kodesh tools. On the other end of the spectrum we integrate email, video, word processor, presentation and collaboration software into the wider curriculum, which in turn we expect will drive interest in computing and ICT.
We believe that technology is used to engage and motivate children in interesting ways, promoting academic excellence across the spectrums of abilities. With the right guidance, we believe enabling a child with technology will lead to motivated and independent learners.