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We are excited to share our plans for a new Technology Supported Learning pilot which we recently launched to students and parents at The Whitehaven Academy in Cumbria.

The pilot will last for six weeks and involves 29 Year 9 students each being issued with a personal device, which they will use in their science, ICT and English classes as an integral part of their education.

Blended learning will involve small group work, more traditional teacher-led learning, peer-led learning, learning outside the classroom and the use of different apps on the devices to support teaching and learning. Students were surveyed prior to the pilot starting and will be surveyed again at the end of the project so that we can assess where the pilot has resulted in changes and improvements in student attitudes, experiences and learning outcomes.

There are three different types of devices – a small tablet, larger tablet and laptop, and the students will rotate the different devices so that they all get to test each one.

The main objectives of the trial are:

  • To facilitate personal learning pathways for all students
  • To enrich the student experience
  • To support teachers in applying technology to learning
  • To showcase The Whitehaven Academy as a progressive academy.

Once the pilot is complete, we will be review the outcomes with a view to putting together recommendations for a potential future roll-out programme to the rest of the academy and hopefully across other Bright Tribe Trust and Adventure Learning Academy Trust academies

Mr Grant, Principal at The Whitehaven Academy, commented: “We are delighted to be the Bright Tribe academy selected for this pilot and to be working with The Knowledge Network on this exciting project. It’s really important that we embrace new technologies and use them to enhance and improve the teaching and learning within the academy. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of this trial and moving forward to deliver a future where technology plays an integrated part in our students’ learning experience.”

We’ve taken some photos from the launch which you can view below.

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