Discussion Time – collaboration and critical thinking are really important skills for the 21st Century. We ensure that our pupils have multiple opportunities to interact with each other virtually. Teachers can set prompts and then act as a guide as pupils develop their critical thinking skills by listening and acting on the feedback received from their peers and their teachers. Discussions happen in real time and over time, in writing and via video.
Feedback and Improvement – feedback is crucial for learning and so it is a constant element across all areas of the virtual school. Teachers give individual feedback by leaving voice notes on work, sending little ‘how to’ videos when children are finding things tricky or arranging small calls to talk through their work. Most importantly, the pupils then act upon this feedback, so their learning improves. Another really powerful element of this is pupils giving feedback to each other.
Educational Tools – There are a vast array of powerful education platforms which NAE schools utilise to support learning in the virtual school. Pupils can log on and use these to practise the skills they have learnt with their teacher. They range from gamification platforms where pupils can have fun while they learn, to AI powered learning materials that pupils can use to support their learning in ways that suits them and at times that work well. Teachers can then see the results and adapt to provide challenge and support as needed.
Asynchronous learning includes:
Record and Celebrate – This element is about celebrating and valuing the learning our pupils complete as well as reflecting on learning as it takes place. Our teachers support pupils to use the appropriate method to organise their learning, refer to previous knowledge and skills, and build on them as they progress with the curriculum. As with the physical school, we celebrate and share learning via virtual shows, performances and assemblies.