Embedding technology in the classroom at Walker
Two teachers at Walker Primary School have become Google Certified Educators to help integrate technology into the classroom and promote innovation.
Saziye Dogan and Kiel Dungate have both successfully completed Google’s Educator Level 2 advanced training. The aim of the course is to give teachers cutting-edge strategies and tools for integrating Google into the classroom to enhance learning.
Year 4 teachers Saziye and Kiel are now training children and staff in innovative computer work. The school is working towards becoming a Google Reference School, which means joining a select group of schools across the UK recognised for their outstanding use of technology to drive positive learning outcomes.
Frances Warhurst, Headteacher at Walker, says: “The children in Year 4 have been using various tools in Google to collaborate and communicate their creative ideas. Over a very short period of time they have developed secure understandings of the various features Google for Education has to offer.”
Frances adds: “These features are skills that the children will use in their future journeys through education and ultimately their careers. They loved creating their own Google Sites about the local area and found the accessibility of a touch screen Chromebook helped immensely.”
Children in Year 5 also had a visit from Adobe as part of their Digital Literacy Programme. They have been creating their own Adobe Spark videos about climate change, which will be screened during the LitFilmFest at the IMAX this summer.
Ms Warhurst says: “Using Adobe Spark allowed the children to communicate their thoughts with maximum impact through the use of video, sound and input text. The Adobe team said the children were aspirational and exceptionally knowledgeable.”