On Thursday 15th May our Digital Leaders welcomed a team of 10 students and 5 staff from Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham, in the first part of their digital ‘Academic Fixture’.
The visiting team came a long way, with an early start, to spend the day finding out about the role of Digital Leaders at Clevedon School; ready to take ideas back to their school as they begin their own iPad journey. By visiting classes, talking to students and staff, the visitors soon saw how we manage and use over 1,000 iPads effectively in our school, while they currently have 75.
In the afternoon, Clevedon’s Digital Leaders led a TeachMeet style session, giving short presentations about apps that they find useful. Both teams, students and staff, exchanged valuable app ideas and experiences about how iPads can best be used to enhance learning in the classroom.
During the visit, the students set up a collaborative project using the website and app, Edmodo. Both schools will now work together to develop an Empowered Use Policy, as a potential replacement for current Acceptable Use Policies in the schools. The EUP is about embracing technology and encouraging its positive use, not simply restricting what can be done with it.
Trinity Catholic School have returned to Nottingham, where they plan to develop their own iPad scheme and Digital Leadership role. We hope to hold the return fixture early in the next academic year when they have had a chance to implement their ideas.
We have recently installed a large 40 inch LCD Smart TV in the Science atrium at Clevedon School that can be used as a separate learning area for students and staff or an area for students to use before school and during break and lunchtimes. Using Apple TV and Spout App we now have digital interactive signage that can be used throughout the day.
Spout is the newest way to enjoy news, messages, tweets and comments; delivered to your screen as a beautifully rendered up-to-the-second display of social content. With a wide range of themes, the app produces professional looking signage that is always up to date and interactive.
Together with Black And Gold Radio App (our very own in house radio station developed by one of our students) we now have an awesome interactive, fun and professional looking display of students work, key messages, tweets and images at our fingertips that can be streamed easily from an iPad.
Gavin Smart Lead teacher of the Digital Directors at Clevedon School and an Apple Distinguished Educator