Apple Distinguished School

Windlesham is proud to have been recognised by Apple as a ‘distinguished school’.

One of only 532 distinguished schools around the world, Windlesham has been recognised for continuous innovation in learning, teaching and the school environment.

Vision

‘The Road Ahead’ – Windlesham’s Vision For Technology

Windlesham’s vision for technology, the ‘Road Ahead’, aims to provide students with the necessary skills to develop into skilful users of technology who are able to make the right choices when learning and as part of the daily life.

The Road Ahead provides a framework which integrates technology so that it is seen as an integral tool which supports curriculum learning by enhancing and transforming learning and teaching experiences. These tools support learning beyond the classroom by providing opportunities to learn at any time and anywhere and provide learners with the skills to make use of technology to create, curate and publish content.

Learning experiences are designed to support and encourage independent learning, critical thinking and to support and encourage collaboration. A major outcome is to ensure that Windlesham students enter senior Schools as responsible Digital Citizens who are able to use technology responsibly and recognise and avoid potential pitfalls.

With a dedicated teaching faculty, programs have been established to develop staff into well qualified and skilful users of technology who are able to design innovative learning

The Road Ahead

Learning

We aim to make every lesson as challenging and as exciting as possible; each child is encouraged to think, to question, to contribute, and to be creative.

The learning environment is therefore designed to be friendly and stimulating, so that all feel valued and able to participate. Thus, pupils are encouraged to give their best, to think independently and to work collaboratively and creatively, irrespective of ability.

The iPad has helped us to support our approach to learning as it provides learners with what we consider the perfect tool for the 21st Century classroom.

Learning experiences focus on using the technology to enhance and transform educational experiences whilst offering the opportunity for pupils to be creative, collaborative and develop thinking skills.

Creativity is a core element of our approach to using the iPad in the Classroom. Our focus has been very much on allowing our students to create as part of the learning process as this has a greater impact on learning outcomes.

Apple’s creative suite of tools have allowed us to do exactly this and when given the choice, learners naturally gravitate towards using these native applications in order to demonstrate their understanding of a particular concept.

Given that the majority of our students are boarders, there was a need to have clearly defined and articulated systems in place. It was important to have a set daily routine which students were able to follow and also be aware of the sanctions should they not follow these guidelines.

There will always be challenges when using devices at School, however, by setting out the rules of the road and clear parameters, we have been able to minimise issues and clearly define what the iPad is to us – a learning tool. 

Learning with Technology

″The iPad has helped us to support our approach to learning as it provides learners with what we consider the perfect tool for the 21st Century classroom.″

Christopher Roche

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of pupils believe the iPad improved the quality of their work

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of pupils Feel that applications have improved their learning

Success

We have continuously collected data on all of our programs in order to inform our digital learning decisions. Through a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, we have gathered feedback on The Road Ahead from all areas of our community.

In addition, data from our Common Entrance and progress testing has shown numerous areas of success and also highlighted certain areas for development. Furthermore, we have increased the number of pupils gaining scholarships to a range of senior schools across the country.

Our pupil surveys continue to highlight the success of our 1:1 programs and how they feel the iPad is the best tool to support their learning. Feedback from learning is also incorporated into refining and developing the use of technology so that we can ensure and develop positive impacts on learning. 

What's Next

Future plans include:

  • Developing our use of the Apple Pencil/Keyboard across different subject areas;
  • Continuing to develop our Digital Learning to further enhance and transform teaching and learning;
  • Developing our programmes to further support pupils, staff and parents;
  • Becoming a centre of excellence which shares best practice with other educational organisations.

 

Links & Videos

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The Road Ahead

Learning with Technology