“Informative, straight forward and working alongside the children really helped to embed and envisage where to take this, and what to expect.”

Clare Marshall, Lofthouse Gate Outwood Primary Academy

The forth classroom based CPD session, working in partnership with Outwood Academy Trust, was held at Littleworth Grange Outwood Academy on the 31st January 2018.

Year 5 teachers, from across the Trust were invited to observe the Digital Apprentice project being delivered by David Andrews to a class of 24 Year 5 pupils across the day. App building offers a great way to bring real-world skills to the classroom. Children not only learnt about how app technology works by designing, building and sharing their own apps but where also given many opportunities to unleash their creativity by creating multimedia content to support cross curricular links to history and literacy.

The Digital Apprentice project offers an amazing amount of flexibility. Children can create content which can be tailored to meet the needs of any subject, age, level and pupil ability. Content could include a famous person, a location, a famous team, a sport, a period of history, a health and fitness app, local study or a topic they’ve enjoyed at school – the possibilities are endless. The children could even decide the focus and become the expert on their chosen topic.

For this particular project day the focus was Ancient Greeks. Activities included designing app icons, planning and implementing the navigation of the app, creating slideshows with voice overs, presenting information on famous Greeks, programming an interactive quiz about Greek Gods into the app, making a movie about Spartans. All of the content was then added to the app and then uploaded online. Following the session the class teacher is planning on generating QR Codes from the web links, adding these to a display and inviting parents to scan the QR Codes to view the children’s Ancient Greek apps.

Here you can see a brilliant example Ancient Greek app created by one of the Year 5 pupils: Ancient Greeks App 

Feedback (Pupil)

How would you rate the session (1 = poor – 5 = excellent)?

All pupils rated the session as 5 except for one pupil who said “I really liked it but then my iPad died that’s why I rated it a 4 out of 5.”

 

Feedback (Staff)

7 teachers observed the session.

How would you rate the session (1 = poor – 5 = excellent)?

All teachers rated the session as 5

Have the pupils enjoyed the session? Has there been any particular children who you think have benefited most?

“All children benefited, all were engaged. The task was differentiated by outcome.”

Liam Emmerson, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes – children who struggle with speaking in front of the class. Children with a computing forte. Collaborative work allowed all to access.”

Ben McGarry, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“The children were all really engaged from start to finish – the more able particularly enjoyed the chance to explore.”

Dan Horan, Kirkhamgate Outwood Primary Academy

“Informative, straight forward and working alongside the children really helped to embed and envisage where to take this, and what to expect.”

Clare Marshall, Lofthouse Gate Outwood Primary Academy

“Really enjoyed the session. I could straight away see the benefits of app building and how engaged the pupils become in their learning from them.”

Kouros Gharnavi, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes – definitely! The less able were able to access the whole project, more able were challenged by the open ended nature of the tasks and boys (and girls) fully engaged.”

Sophie Robinson, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes. Those who struggle with writing their ideas down can keep up with their peers.”

Ben Simpson, Darfield Outwood Primary Academy

Has the session helped with your CPD and given you ideas how technology can support learning across the curriculum?

“Yes, lots of apps and ideas that can be used for a variety of subjects.”

Liam Emmerson, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes – building apps as a topic/enrichment goal. Helping the community and local businesses. Building apps for guided reading and teacher support.”

Ben McGarry, Ledger Lane Outwood Primary Academy

“It’s has given me a great plan for building apps in topic.”

Dan Horan, Kirkhamgate Outwood Primary Academy

“Most definitely and Mr Andrews was able to give lots of ideas to develop my understanding of how I could develop my understanding of how I could develop and create a technological classroom! We discussed how it can be used across the curriculum to engage children in their learning.”

Kouros Gharnavi, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes – it’s shown how to bring English and topic together.”

Sophie Robinson, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“Yes – seeing the apps in action has given me lots of ideas on how to use them in lots of curriculum areas.”

Ben Simpson, Darfield Outwood Primary Academy

Do you have any suggestions on how the session could be improved?

“More iPads for teachers to be able to build as the kids do.”

Dan Horan, Kirkhamgate Outwood Primary Academy

“Maybe if staff had an iPad too? So they can follow instructions.”

Rachel Tarbuck, Girnhill Infant School Outwood Primary Academy

“Maybe handouts could be given to teachers explaining what the app are for but other than that an outstanding session!”

Kouros Gharnavi, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

“Maybe splitting the day to 2 1/2 day sessions?”

Sophie Robinson, Littleworth Grange Outwood Primary Academy

The next session is the New Country project, which will be delivered to Year 5 children at Lofthouse Gate Outwood Academy on the 7th February 2018.

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