Well…BETT 2010 ended for us on Saturday night, as we literally limped to the train station to head home. After four days on the Microsoft stand and four evenings out at business dinners, I, for one, was utterly exhausted. But it was a great week. Here are the highlights for the Partners in Learning team:
Perhaps the biggest highlight of the week came on the very first morning, though, when Minister for Schools and Learners Vernon Coaker used one of the videos we created with the DCSF in his speech to open BETT! For the past few months, the Partners in Learning team have been travelling to schools all around England, speaking to them and filming their stories of using technology to better engage parents in their children’s learning.
Research shows that when parents take an active interest in continuing their children’s learning outside of school kids perform better in school. And secondary schools have a requirement to provide real-time online reporting to parents in 2010 (primaries will follow in 2011). We found three secondary schools and two primary schools who are all in different environments and circumstances (urban, rural, large, small, etc) and who have had some really creative ideas to help them address the challenges of bringing parents into the school’s community.
We’ve created two videos and one written case study for each of the five schools.
- The Overview video tells the story of each school, why they felt engaging with parents was important, and the impact they’ve seen as a result of the work they have done.
- The How To video goes into more detail about the steps each school took to improve their relationship with parents, including the technology they used and how they addressed any challenges they faced in this process.
- And the written case study is a printable reference you can take away with you if you want to share these schools ideas with others at your school.
The Minister chose to show the overview video from Blatchington Mill School in Hove, East Sussex, but all 10 videos are fantastic, and available on the Microsoft Web site. The other schools we worked with are:
A big thank you goes to all of these schools for giving us such great stories to tell. We hope you’ll check out these videos on Microsoft.com and that you’ll learn something new that you can use at your school.