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Technology in Education – Sharing Practice Across Primary & Secondary

posted 16 Feb 2017, 05:05 by Craig Nicholson   [ updated 16 Feb 2017, 05:07 ]

On Thursday 26th January 2017, a group of twelve year 7 secondary students and staff from Hillsview Academy visited North Ormesby to learn about the wide range of technology and devices we use to aid learning. Our team of Y5/6 ‘Digital Ambassadors’ demonstrated how we use technology across the curriculum with a view to possibly emulate back at Hillsview. 

On the day, the ambassadors introduced the tech that was being displayed on their table. They then handed the tech over to the Hillsview students, in pairs, so that they could get ‘hands on’. As they got to grips with the tech, the digital ambassadors explained how it would benefit in the field of education. After 15 or so minutes at each ‘station’, the students would rotate around.

There was a range of technology on show, including products such as: Osmo; Ollie; Dot and Dash; Makey-Makey and apps/software related to both augmented and virtual reality, and coding. There were opportunities to see how we use collaborative tools like Seesaw and Google Classroom, as well as ideas on how to use apps like Minecraft to inspire writing.

  

Approximately half-way through their visit, the Hillsview students were divided into two groups, one of which was taken on a tour of the school while the other group continued learning about the technology.

One of the North Ormesby digital ambassadors involved in this event quoted, ”I enjoyed it because we got feedback on our work and we were questioned on what we do'.

Our secondary neighbours had their say too – one young man said, “The event was amazing, I would like to go back again.” While another added, “It was class! I can’t believe how much the primary students know about technology.” One young man said, “I definitely want my brothers and sisters to go to that primary school!”

There was also some super feedback from the Hillsview staff: “I have never seen pupils so confident and engaged with the technology. The way they were able to explain to others was so valuable. The trip was a pleasure to take part in and the students and I learnt so much about how technology can be used.”

Hillsview have now gone on to appoint their own team of ‘Digital Ambassadors’ after displaying attitudes to learning that were impeccable and asking questions and being enthused about how technology can be used in lessons. The collaboration was hugely successful and we are looking forward to working together more in the future and improving our partnership between the two academies. 


Rebecca Mewse & Amy Doughton - Year 6 students (2017)

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