Three Microsoft Showcase Schools have been included in the UK Government’s initiative to facilitate and improve remote learning for students. The schools will host webinars to help other educators use technology to deliver lessons online.
Broadclyst Community Primary School in Devon, Ribblesdale High School in Lancashire and Danesfield School in Buckinghamshire are among a consortium of the ‘demonstrator schools’ that are considered to embrace technology to create personalised, immersive and inclusive experiences for children, transforming education and improving learning outcomes, according to a recent Microsoft news story.
Broadclyst held its first webinar “Setting up a virtual school from scratch” on April 30.
“We are delighted that Broadclyst will be using its extensive knowledge and experience to help schools build their own digital strategies and select their learning platforms,” said Jonathan Bishop, chief executive of The Cornerstone Academy Trust, of which Broadclyst is a member. “We will be supporting governors and trustees, advising on the procurement and set-up of digital devices, as well as providing training for teachers on the use of edtech in their teaching, keeping children safe online, giving the best support to children with Special Education Needs and offering advice on wider curriculum opportunities.”
Ribblesdale has been partnered with Microsoft for the last three years as a Training Academy and uses Microsoft Teams as its main delivery platform for teaching, staff meetings and training, recruitment and support. It will hold its first webinar on 7 May.
Danesfield has been a Microsoft Showcase School since 2016 and uses Office 365, Teams, OneNote, Minecraft: Education Edition and Flipgrid to increase pupil engagement and learning. It hosted its first webinar on 4 May and plans to offer a step-by-step guide to help schools develop their own technology strategy and use digital tools to support learning and reduce workloads.
“The Danesfield team are hugely excited about the opportunity to work with schools across the country at this challenging time and in the future, building their use of technology to enhance the creativity and learning opportunities for children,” said Sarah Morgan, the school’s headteacher. “Technology is embedded at the core of our teaching, and we have witnessed the significant benefits it brings in helping children develop a love of learning.”
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