Best Practice

Embracing new technologies

How might schools embrace technology in the classroom while ensuring the focus remains on effective teaching and learning and pupil achievement? Headteacher Ben Evans offers some advice from his school’s experience.

Today more than ever, technology should be used to make learning and the curriculum more accessible to all abilities as well as more interactive, innovative and exciting. These advancements should also help teachers to provide more easily for all styles of learning. Of course, the downside of over-using technology is that it could lead to the loss of essential skills, such as handwriting, spelling, and presentation of work.

At Edge Grove School, the use of iPads was implemented into our lesson planning very carefully to ensure that traditional skills were integrated into that process.

The staff have embraced the technology, shared ideas and good practice and have ensured the iPads have been used thoughtfully and purposefully to enhance teaching and learning. They have also been able to give parents links and apps so that the learning can be continued at home, ensuring continuity and a strong home-school partnership.

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