Pupil learning has become more connected, collaborative, creative and personal. Pupils are motivated to use the iPad independently and collaboratively via shared platforms both with peer, teacher and the global education community. Pupils learn best at their own speed with resources bespoke to their learning needs and capacity. The iPad supports a differentiated approach to teaching and learning and helps pupils develop the skills and dispositions necessary to support them achieving the best outcomes possible, both in terms of academic success and creative skills. Relationships are fostered through peer work and instant teacher feedback, whereby pupils goals are realised as they are supported in acknowledging mistakes and finding creative solutions to overcome them. Pupils and teachers are empowered to continually learn, challenge themselves and demonstrate their progress so that impact can be seen throughout the school and wider community.
Professional learning takes place to ensure teachers go deeper in their expertise with the iPad technology so that pupils are inspired to up-skill themselves and maximise its potential. The iPad Drive Team have led this from a grassroots level and have encouraged the exploration of new approaches to teaching and learning.
As a Thinking School, the iPad supports the connected and creative environment necessary to support metacognition and to enhance synthesis of learning both within each pupil and at a whole school level. Apple technology is a vehicle for capturing knowledge, recording, revising, mastering, focusing and stretching thinking. The iPad supports the embedding of Thinking Frames, which are metacognitive visual tools to support pupils in organising their thinking at a higher level. This helps them to remember information in the process and be able to enhance their outcomes in terms of verbal and written tasks, thus improving academic outcomes and ultimately self efficacy, love for learning and social mobility.