South Green Junior School in Billericay seized the opportunity that RISK-IT week presented: one simple rule to follow when you are RISKing IT: “Use something ‘ICT’ you have not used before” (NAACE).
The acting head, Mrs Benjeddi, and computing subject leader, Mrs Hall, encouraged staff to use this fantastic opportunity to encourage ALL their teachers in the school to try out a new tech-based tool to enhance teaching and learning, whatever subject they were teaching.
The RiskIT campaign was adopted and adapted so that teachers were empowered, encouraged and supported in trying something different. It might have been using a different tech tool, or using a tool they are already familiar with in a different way. RISKing IT was a commitment to continuing professional development and advancing education, whatever the subject area, through the appropriate and effective use of technology.
Ipads were used in year 6 for verbal reasoning in maths, in which Emily found that by watching the video back afterwards, “I was able to look back and improve my answer.” In year 5, children were videoing and broadcasting a commentary in French about the classrooms around the school. With the emphasis on the new curriculum in coding, several classes embarked on using online coding programs.
Grace, (year 5) commented “it was good because my teacher was learning new things as well as us” and Amber (year 5) remarked about, “how confusing it was to start with by after a while I got the hang of it”. Ava (year 4) noted how she “experienced good teamwork” in using an online coding programme. Year 3 were using it enhance their Roman topic designing mosaics and Ella (year 3) observed that “it was tricky but by working together we managed to do it”.
The school hopes to drive forward the experiences from the RISK-IT week and use them to enhance other year groups across the curriculum. Mrs Hall reported that there was a real buzz around the school from both staff and pupils as the week developed through using new and unknown technology or programmes.
Many risks were taken but many of these risks will now be embedded across the curriculum.
For more information visit http://riskitweek.com/