Technology that we allow to be used in school always has to help the students develop in their learning or give them an insight into joining the world outside of school.
One of the things that we are keen to do is to open up the school environment so that students are free to use the technology that they use regularly at home. If a student feels comfortable and knowledgeable with a computer it could help them learn effectively and organise themselves better. In practical terms this means that we are considering allowing students to bring and use their own tablets & laptops to school, as long as they fit in their locker space. Many students already bring a smart phone, and this combination of electronic equipment will be allowed with teacher permission to help students in lessons and potentially at times such as break and lunchtime to research or to relax.
This is a change from our current school rules and handbook and next week I will be inviting views on this from our teaching community and the students themselves. Points that people have so far raised in discussion with me is that we don’t want people walking around the school on phones talking (at any time of the school day) and there is also the fact that pupils might to be tempted to withdraw into the virtual world of the internet and gaming as this would detract from the healthy human interaction of conversations and exercise. It is to hear your views that I am therefore more than happy to receive any mails on your thoughts before the change is finalised. If you have any comments please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to see many of you at the school play next week, I was given a taster of what was to come at our very successful introduction to IB evening this week where our year 11s and their parents came to get a glimpse of their future. The Crucible cast presented an exciting 5 minute snippet from the play which also helped advertise Theatre & Drama for next year. It was a useful and interesting night for all, with lots of interest from our Year 11 community who are starting to think about their choices and future beyond the summer exams.
Have a good weekend!