Teaching With Technology


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The device that changed everything is now changing the classrooms at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen!

The iPad inspires creativity and hands on learning with features you won’t find in any other educational tool, all on a device that students really want to use.  Students at our school have the opportunity to use Powerful apps from the App Store like iTunes U and iBooks that let students engage with content in interactive ways, find information in an instant, and access an entire library wherever they go.

At Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen we understand that learning should not be confined to the classroom, so we equip all our students with an iPad mini.  Students have endless access to valuable information such as a dictionary and thesaurus, which previously were only available in printed format.  Interactive technology makes learning more engaging and memorable. Tools such as audio and video recorders can change the way that learning takes place and homework is completed.  Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen is one of only a handful of schools in the UK and the first in Wales to implement a full 1:1 programme.

Within the school we have done away with projectors and interactive whiteboards (that aren’t ever used interactively anyway!).  Instead, we have flat screen TVs with Apple TV attached that allows both students and teachers to display content and learning materials.

Moreover, giving students the power of the iPad allows them to genuinely become more independent, and the classroom dynamic can become one where both teacher and learner work together to construct the learning experience.  Not only does this have the potential to transform the learning experience, it also ties in very closely with the way in which Vertical Tutoring builds new positive and mutually beneficial relationships between the adults and young people who work at the school.

Please watch the link below to see how AT Computers transformed our school with our 1:1 programme. http://vimeo.com/m/108175912

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