A pivotal feature of any teaching school is an awareness of the importance to share good practice with colleagues in other schools and making conferences like ICT for Education. At the most recent event on Friday 23rd June, at Westpoint Conference Centre, Matt Pitts had the opportunity to present on the topic of ‘Digital School Communities,’ outlining how the thoughtful and strategic use of technology has been able to bring children, teachers, parents and school leaders into a closer working relationship.
It is important that schools and trusts hold firmly to their beliefs around curriculum, values and working practices and that these beliefs permeate the school community as a whole. Digital technologies such as social media, video conferencing and multi-authoring tools can be used to build this shared purpose and ethos, ensuring that all stakeholders work closely towards this shared vision.
In his talk, Matt was able to share a number of the lessons learned and opportunities discovered as Broadclyst and Westclyst have developed over time, from upskilling parents to maximising the use of the cloud and streamlining the process of collaborative learning. These processes have allowed a greater level of dialogue between teachers and parents, as well as allowing parents to feel more confident in supporting their children at home. It has also allowed students to engage in flipped learning and to blur the distinction between school projects and homework.