An innovation we have found useful and a good teaching technique is open-ended questions. These are best used for the success criteria at the beginning of lessons. Such questions are easily underestimated but can allow deeper thinking and great progress. Even a discussion can open a student to thinking from the other perspectives of fellow classmates. We also believe it allows the students to explore their learning in different ways, it means each student will take their individual route to achieving the criteria to their upmost ability. We have experienced these questions first hand in our popular, fortnightly “Philosophy Friday”, these lessons open our youthful minds to new thoughts on the world, can be related to schemes of works and can encourage the quieter students of the classroom to join in on discussions and debates.
By Desni Shilling and Natalie Crump - Chief Learners
In science, I used Kahoot for the first time. Kahoot is a software that allows you to connect devices like iPods and iPads to the interactive whiteboard and do quizzes. My class and I had to enter in a code and then wait for everyone else to join up. When everyone had joined, a multiple-choice question came up and they were labelled with shapes (triangle, hexagon, circle and a square) we had to select the shape depending on our answer.
At the end of each question, we were able to see our points and who was in front of us and who was behind. My whole class loved it and every person got involved. We learnt a lot from it and it was a very suitable, easy revision tool that was perfect for a starter. The only problems with it was that people could choose their own username which can always be a bad idea, and it took a while for everyone to get joined up as there were technical difficulties and people messing around which ruined it for other people. However, Kahoot helped me learn and remember things for my exam and I would gladly use it again in hope that people would treat it fairly. By the end of it I think my class and I had found it very useful and I hope to see it being used in my other classes.
When the results came up at the end, I came second which I am really proud of. Kahoot easily shows us where we are at and what areas we need to improve in depending on which questions we could answer easily and which ones we couldn’t.
This video shows how Kahoot can be beneficial to use in class, this could help teachers in their lesson planning and revision sessions. This shows the advantages of Kahoot and what it can do.
- Hannah Wills
My learning experience is from my science lesson with Mr Shine when he revealed this new game to the class; it is called Little Alchemy.
I wasn't to sure about this game at first but it is really fun.
What is so good about it is that you have mix chemicals or objects together to make another. For example earth and lava makes a volcano. I highly recommend this to teachers as you get to have fun whilst learning something new every time you play it it's simple and very fun.
Just click the link below to play or download on the App Store just type in little alchemy it will come up.
- Paige Gallagher
I have found that an innovative learning technique is something called Punk Learning. I believe this technique is a great way to learn because it allows students to think about how they want to learn and it also helps students use their creativity to invent new ways to achieve there goals. Punk Learning focuses on getting students to think for themselves and learn how to complete tasks alone or in groups without a teachers assistance; this allows us to prepare for real life scenarios and other scenarios we may experience in our school life.
- Lucy Howkins
As an iLearner, an app that I enjoy using in class is iMovie. This is one of Apple’s own apps and they can be accessed on all of the iPads in the school.
iMovie is a fantastic app which allows you to create short movies, trailers and presentations which can include attention-grabbing sound effects, vibrant transitions, photos, film, music and animated text. Furthermore, it lets you be creative and inventive; it gives you something interesting to present and teach your other classmates about!
By using this app, it encourages collaborative teamwork as you will generally be making an iMovie in groups; it’s a fun and interesting way to display your knowledge of classroom topics through working with your friends. In addition, you can get out of the classroom and use the entire school grounds to make your film (as long as you’re back on time!), and I think that it’s always refreshing to be allowed out of class every once in a while. Plus, it gives you more freedom, independence and responsibility outside of the classroom.
Sharing your work with the rest of your class is a good way to teach them about your discoveries about your topic, as it’s funny, memorable and fascinating. It’s also a good way for you to discover what others have learnt.
On the 27th of November I went on brilliant trip with the Catering department to go and see the Good Food Show in Birmingham. The trip was to enhance our knowledge of the industry with the different ideas, tastes and products presented there. After a long (but not boring) coach journey we finally arrived, and it wasn’t long before we were told all the details – where and when to meet etc. Then we were free to roam around the enormous show…it was amazing! There was everything from sculptures of the finest chocolate to ‘antique’ cheeses and bubbly wines – which of course we couldn’t go near! At approximately lunch time we all piled into a big theatre-style room with lots of other schools to watch a performance by The Hairy Bikers. This really topped off our great day! All in all I would say it was definitely one of my favourite school trips!
- Jade Driscoll
One aspire day, a speaker outside of school came in to talk to a group of us about Public Speaking. I wasn't too comfortable with this at first because I'm not entirely confident when standing up and speaking in front of people, but after the speaker had taught us about how to make and present a great speech, I began to get more confident. At the end of the day we were encouraged to write a speech which we were going to present. My speech was about society because I had a story which I could relate to the topic of society. We were being judged and marked by the speaker and Mrs King, and six people were to go through to the next round which involved more presentations. One student from that round would then progress to the Borough round where they'd be against many other schools from around the country. To my surprise, I was one of the six to get through to the next round and we are awaiting news about when we'll next be speaking. I thought this aspire day was incredibly valuable because I never thought I would be able to speak in front of people, let alone get to the next round!
by Holly Hudson