Teaching and Learning Tweeting @RMA

The Teaching and Learning team established a Twitter feed this time last year to share best practice and seek new and interesting articles and pedagogical developments.  We now have almost 260 followers and regularly re-tweet best practice and exciting snapshots from faculties across the school.  Tweeting has proven to be a great way to engage with students, parents/carers and other schools, as well as providing us with a new and varied source of research for our professional development.  We continue to publish tweets under our own hashtag #rmt&l, and this year our new hashtag #digitalrushey has been regularly trending with lots of photos of digital learning taking place across the school.

https://twitter.com/RusheyMeadTL

 

Show My Homework – To extend engagement with digital learning across the school

This is a commercial platform which will allow teachers, students and parents/carers easier access to homework. There is a proven link between the amount and quality of homework a student completes and their future success in life. We want our students to have access to high quality homework and feedback, and allow our parents/carers to monitor their children’s learning. All the students will be given individual login details this term and all parents/carers will be sent details of how they can access this information.

Some of the fantastic features of Show My Homework is the built in assessment tools such as Quizzes and Spelling Tests.

https://rusheymead.showmyhomework.co.uk/

Improving the use of our school’s VLE – Fronter

We are now at Rushey Mead awaiting confirmation as a Silver Award ‘Fronter Champion School’ for another year.  There are potentially exciting developments with Fronter to support teaching and learning and assessment that Kitesh, Ashley and Pritesh are currently investigating.

We are headed to the Fronter/It’s Learning annual conference on the 1st July.

#DigitalRushey – Across the school @RMA

#RMMusicScholarship

The RM Music Scholarship program is underway with a current year 7 form. We shall be tracking their progress during RMA using twitter and the the Creative Arts Blog

http://rmscreativearts.weebly.com/

https://twitter.com/hashtag/RMMusicScholarship?src=hash

#rusheydebate

During the last term we held a debate for HA Year 8 and 9 students. It was a massive success with some interesting points and issues raised by the student body. The debate was made digital via Twitter with interactions from staff and students.

https://twitter.com/hashtag/rusheydebate?src=hash

#DigitalRushey – Update

Using #DigitalRushey we as a school are continuing to use digital learning to improve teaching and learning and AFL.

Over the past few months more and more faculties have been using twitter to help KS4 students revise for exams. In GCSE Computing and ICT Cambridge Nationals we have used the #CNRev and #CompRev to run twilight revision sessions the night before the exams.

English, Maths and History have also taken to twitter to help students revise by tweeting tweets, blogging and posting resources via twitter.

https://twitter.com/hashtag/DigitalRushey?src=hash

Leicester Teaching and Learning Summer Conference – Saturday 25 June 2016

Leicester T&L Summer Conference at teh City of Leicester College, Saturday 25th June 2016
Leicester T&L Summer Conference – 25th June 2016

On Saturday 25 June 2016  The City of Leicester College will be hosting the “Leicester Teaching and Learning Summer Conference”. This will be a high-impact training conference for teachers run by teachers who want to make a bigger difference in the classroom.

This is a great opportunity for the Digilit Network to share good practice around use of technology in the classroom, and an opportunity to improve Digilit Skills across the city.  It would be great to see members of the Digilit Network taking an active lead in delivering workshops throughout the day, and promoting the event with colleagues.

Workshops will provide engaging classroom based research and/or practice that will provoke excitement, interest and inspire teachers and which will ultimately impact on the learning and life chances of our young people. Each delegate will be able to attend up to eight 20 minute, or four 40 minutes sessions, or do a mixture of these. The day will include lunch and a key note speaker.

Anyone can submit a workshop proposal – if it’s something you’ve tried out in your classroom, then others will want to hear about it. If you’re keen to give it a go please submit the proposal by Monday 18 April 2016 to PSanderson@cityleicester.leicester.sch.uk and include the following details:

  • Title:
  • Target audience:
  • Length: (20 or 40 minutes)
  • Expected outcomes:
  • Outline of the session:

The conference is free to anyone who runs a workshop and all TCOLC staff. Delegates will only pay £30 each or £50 for two delegates. City schools will get 2 for the price of one.

If you don’t run a workshop, we hope you will all attend (and tell every teacher you ever met ever!).

 

Reproduced with permission from @ http://www.cityleicester.co.uk/summer-conference/

Assessment and Feedback @RMA

Assessment & Feedback
Assessment & Feedback

We are about to undertake a year long project focused around assessment and feedback using digital learning.

The main focus will be how we can use iPads and BYOD to assess students in and out of lessons. We will be using a range of methods such as QR Codes, App (Socrative and Quizlet) as well as discovering new ways with the school.

We have set up a dedicated team with one member of each faculty as a Digital Champion to help focus and support individual faculties to raise to help train and support Digital Learning across the school.

We shall be promoting the progress along with other digital learning through #DigitalRushey via Twitter. Please feel free to click on the link to see our progress so far.

At Rushey Mead Academy every faculty uses a Twitter account and we have developed and produced a policy within school that works and allows us to optimise the learning that can be achieved by twitter. As part of the digilit network I would be happy to share how we got to this stage.

Kitesh Mistry

Lead Teacher : Digital Learning.

 

City-wide school staff digital literacy network

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Just before Christmas 2015, we launched a call to secondary and special education schools across the city to participate in a new peer led network, designed to focus supporting school staff digital literacy and CPD. The network builds on the DigiLit Leicester project, which successfully established a process for identifying strengths and gaps in digital literacy, and improving skills and confidence school and city-wide.

ICT investment in Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme has provided all city mainstream secondary and special education secondary schools in the city with world-class technology designed to support effective teaching and learning, connect communities and provide opportunities for teachers and learners to collaborate across the city and beyond. Over the last 5 years we have rebuilt and refurbished 19 schools, completing a programme which benefits over 20,000 young people.

Peer-led digital literacy network

Peer network leads will ensure that staff at all levels continue to be supported in improving skills and developing their practice. The new network represents 10 city schools:

Mahala Active-Nemaura, Head of Computer Science, The Lancaster School

Antoinette Bouwens,Business Manager, St Paul’s Catholic School

Will Carter, Director of Music, English Martyrs’ Catholic School

Natalie Coley and Julie Eden, Nether Hall School

Josie Franklin, ICT/Computing/Computer Science Teacher, Moat Community College

Kitesh Mistry, Lead Teacher: Digital Learning, Rushey Mead Academy

Fabienne Preston, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Crown Hills Community College

James Rolfe, ICT Lead and Head of Science, Judgemeadow Community College

Tony Tompkins, College Leader – New Technology, The City of Leicester College

Elsbeth Woodgate, Educational Technologist, Ellesmere College

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Mahala Active-Nemaura and Tony Tompkins will be taking responsibility for co-ordination the network, which will run until July 2017. Members will also be working with Leicester’s Open Schools Network, to ensure all schools take advantage of the city councils work in relation to open educational licensing and support for open practice.

Digital literacy in focus

Each school has selected a strand of the DigiLit Leicester framework to focus on during the lifetime of the project, and will be focusing on raising confidence and competence levels in this area. Schools were free to select their prefered area from the six framework strands –

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  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Communication, Collaboration and Participation
  • Creating and Sharing
  • E-Safety and Online Identity
  • Finding, Evaluating and Organising
  • Technology supported Professional Development

Interestingly, all participating schools selected one of three strands: Assessment and Feedback, Communication, Collaboration and Participation, or Technology supported professional Development – giving us three working groups.

 

You can find out more about the framework strands and levels here.

The work of the networkDigiLit Network 4

The Peer Network Leads will:

  • Work in partnership with the Open Schools Network, to ensure work completed compliments and supports the development, implementation and identification of good practice in open education.
  • Commit to developing their own specialist knowledge of the chosen digital literacy strand area, as well as complimentary knowledge relating to open education, open educational resources and open licences.
  • Support staff at their school in relation to the development of practice supported by the chosen digital literacy strand, ensuring progression amongst all staff but particularly in relation to staff currently working at Entry level.
  • Ensure that activities undertaken support the school improvement plan and in particular, learner outcomes and quality of teaching.
  • Be an active member of the DigiLit Leicester Network in Leicester – supporting other members, encouraging primary school participation, sharing approaches and ideas, and promoting your work and the work of the other network members.
  • Document and share practice and any high quality resources created in the context of the project under open licence, in line with Leicester City Council recommendations.

Congratulations to all participating schools and good luck for the year ahead!

(First published on Digilit Leicester – digilitleic.com)