iPads @ Ormskirk How Ormskirk School is using iPads to enhance learning

In October 2013, we began the first phase of our iPads for All scheme designed to provide pupils and teachers at Ormskirk School with 1:1 access to tablet devices. The final phase was completed in October 2014, and now over 98% pupils use their own devices to help their learning in school and at home.

"I really enjoy using iPads in school. It helps me learn in a more fun and creative way." (Year 7 pupil)

iPads are now used frequently in lessons, providing a means of accessing information, sharing resources and learning independently. Our 2015 Pupil iPad Survey revealed that nearly 80% pupils used their iPad in class at least once a day, with many saying they used it more often than that.

iPads have been a popular addition to the maths department. Pupils are able to access a wide range of websites and apps that can help tailor their learning to meet their individual needs. Apps like MathsWatch and sites such as MyMaths provide opportunities for pupils to practise what they learn in class, and teachers enjoy using Showbie to provide access to differentiated worksheets.
In maths, these pupils are writing directly onto electronic worksheets designed by their teacher. They can then be viewed and marked by their teacher who is able to provide feedback in a range of ways.
In this maths class, pupils are using MathsWatch to view instructional videos. The videos are chosen based on their individual needs, so each pupil, with help from their teacher, can identify a topic to focus on to help them improve.

Our survey also revealed that pupils valued the ability to access the Internet in all of their classes, enjoy the opportunities afforded to be creative in their work and find that lessons are more interesting and enjoyable when iPads are used effectively. It is also clear that iPads are used widely to support homework activities.

iPads do not replace 'traditional' methods of working. Pupils still use pens and books, but having access to the resources available on iPads provides additional opportunities for learning.

iPads are used in a range of ways by teachers, who can adapt their teaching and use of the technology to suit their subjects and classes.

In this history lesson, pupils are using the Internet to research the topic, creating mind-maps in their exercise books or on their iPad. iPads are intended to complement traditional methods of learning by enhancing the 'toolkit' available to pupils and giving them more choice in how they work.
Showbie is used in school used more than any other app. In this class, teachers can easily share sources with their pupils, including videos, pictures and documents. Pupils are able to 'mark-up' documents easily, and access learning materials at any time.

The use of iPads has begun to unleash the creativity of pupils and teachers. Teachers can design learning activities that capitalise on the greater freedom they have, and pupils can exploit the range of apps and websites at their disposal to work in new ways.

In this lesson, business studies students are learning about production and efficiency through an iTunesU course designed in school. Pupils are able to complete tasks at their own speed, watch and rewind videos, contribute to discussions and access helpful websites, following the guidance provided by their teachers.

In music, lessons have been transformed since the introduction of iPads. Pupils are able to combine state of the art music technology with tools available on their iPad, creating and performing music in a range of ways. Importantly, they can also record their progress in performances, receiving feedback from their class mates and their teacher over the course of the term.

In this music lesson, pupils are making use of the latest music technology to create a movie soundtrack, which they combine with iMovie to create a video trailer. They can access all of the worksheets and instructions they need on their iPads.
"Students are able to record and reflect on their practical work and take it home to show to their families. iPads have improved opportunities for giving feedback and supporting progress. They have become invaluable in my teaching." (Music Teacher)

Art teachers have recorded a range of demonstration videos, explaining the various techniques and methods used in lessons. In the past, teachers would have to gather the students into a group for a live demonstration. Their creative use of iPads now enables pupils to watch these demonstration more closely, rewinding, pausing and and replaying key aspects of the demonstration as needed. Teachers are free to support and question pupils to help them progress more quickly.

Pupils can independently research themes and styles in art lessons, and use a range of tools to design their work and refine their pieces.
"Pupils in my lessons can now watch demonstrations in a way that would not have been possible before. I am able to zoom into certain parts of the video to show fine details whereas before, pupils would not be able to see this if gathered around in a group situation." (Art teacher)

The use of iPads is particularly beneficial for assessing how well pupils understand the concepts being covered in class. Using apps like Nearpod, teachers can ensure that every pupil in the class is involved actively in discussions and Q&A. Teachers can see immediately every pupil's response and question or support them further.

Teachers undertake on-going professional development to improve their understanding of the technology and the opportunities it affords.

Pupils can access a wide range of apps, some of which are provided by the school. The App Store contains an ever increasing number of powerful and free educational apps that pupils are able to download. Access to the App Store is, however, regarded as a privilege and not a right, so pupils who break the rules will have this feature disabled. Parents can also choose whether they wish their child to be able to download apps or not.

Gojimo is an example of a free educational app available to download. It provides high quality revision questions for every topic in every subject.
Apps such as Keynote enable pupils to create quality presentations. Other apps enable pupils to word process documents, design images, create animations and record videos.
In this science lesson, pupils conduct an experiment and record it on their iPads. This enables them to watch it repeatedly, helping them to gain a deeper understanding of their results. They can even replay the experiment in slow motion.
In this Spanish lesson, pupils are working together to create videos about verb conjugation. iPads provide engaging and innovative ways of reviewing and embedding learning, teaching pupils 21st century skills that will equip them for the future.

Our annual parent survey provides the opportunity for parents and carers to comment on the iPad scheme. Some of their comments can be seen below.:

At Ormskirk School, we will continue to embed the use of iPads to enhance teaching and learning, capitalising on the opportunities created by the use of the technology in school. We are proud of the progress made so far, but our journey has just begun...
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