Our teachers and pupils are 1:1 with Apple iPad devices as part of the Inspire Learning programme by Scottish Borders Council. Find out more here: General | Inspire Learning FAQs | Scottish Borders Council (scotborders.gov.uk)
Deployment week was brilliant! In year groups, pupils set up their own iPad out of the box by following along a video made for them with the support from the SBC Inspire Learning Team (in purple). It was amazing to see them so excited and engaged in learning about their iPad straightaway.
Immediately, walking into classrooms was a whole new experience – no matter where you went teachers were trying things out with the pupils. Staff and pupils were learning together and making the devices a valued part of lessons from the start. The success of the 1:1 programme has been the staff enthusiasm for getting ‘stuck in’ from the very first week!
In our first year we focused on becoming familiar with the iPad devices and using them across the school in meaningful ways.
Apple technology means that our feedback and metacognition focus this year has resulted in consistently rich experiences involving immediate, relevant and detailed feedback using audio, video and interactive activities and quizzes.
We have started an ambitious plan focused on metacognition and improving learners’ preparation for future study and employment – a digital Achievement Journey.
Many subjects are now paper free and use the technology to make lessons collaborative, relevant, media rich and interactive. We have expanded digital curricular opportunities including Coding, Digital Enterprise and Cyber Security and whole school assemblies, pupil assemblies, transition projects as well as our very rich homelearning offer are accessible digitally.