Shaping the Future of Digital Learning
The RGS Family of Schools Computing and Technology departments have had another busy and positive term; continuing to develop the schools Digital Learning Provision, sharing good practice with fellow educators and championing our schools innovative and much admired use of technology within education.
RGS Worcester Hosts the Showbie Roadshow
We were honoured to host the ‘Showbie Roadshow’ this week at RGS Worcester, welcoming both representatives from Showbie as well as teaching staff from across the region, to share knowledge and good practice on using technology effectively in education.
Attendees had the chance to hear superb presentations from Tim Gee and Abdul Chohan about the flexibility and agility of Showbie as a teaching and learning tool. The Showbie team were joined by Jamf’s very own Anthony Darlow who showed how Apple Classroom could be used in conjunction with Jamf’s education suite to supercharge classroom device management.
We also heard from a whole host of RGS Worcester teachers about how their respective departments use Showbie as a fundamental part of everyday classroom practice.
Nevertheless, it was the RGS Worcester pupils who stole the show with some stunning presentations about their use of Showbie. Their expertise, confidence and presenting skills were superb and gave real insight into why Showbie is such an integral part of our Digital Learning Programme.
Huge thanks go to Matt Warne, Emma Faulkner & Sarah Greenhaff for helping put the day together.
Digital Educators represent RGS Family of Schools at the BETT Show
Having attended every BETT Show since 2009, along with many other educators, the Covid-19 enforced cancellation of BETT 2021 was certainly a disappointment.
It was therefore fantastic to visit ExCel London one again, for the much-awaited BETT Technology Show 2022. The Bett Show brings together over 550 leading exhibitors and sponsors and attracts over 20,000 attendees from the global education community.
It was a real honour to represent RGS Worcester as a BETT judge on Wednesday night, and see some of the best EdTech products in the market compete for a BETT Award.
On Thursday, I was joined by staff and pupils from all four RGS Worcester Schools at the BETT show itself. The highlight was a brilliant RGS pupil presentation about coding through the curriculum, taking place on the Albion Computer Stands.
On Friday, Teacher of Computing and Digital Learning Coordinator, Mrs Emma Faulkner joined a panel on the BETT Futures Stand for a discussion on well-being, offering expert insight. Head of Computing and IT, Mr Matt Warne was presenting and demonstrating outstanding teaching techniques on the Sphero stand. Towards the end of the day, Mr Warne joined me to present on the Jamf stand about the significance of digital culture in schools.
A huge thanks to all those who allowed us to present, and also to those who listened. It was so lovely to be back at BETT in person, surrounded by people, positivity, creativity, ideas, passion and optimism. The future of education really does have a lot to look forward to.
Influencing the Future of Technology in Education – The hard facts about ‘Soft Skills’ article published
Many thanks to Independent Schools Magazine for publishing my latest article where I discuss what schools can do, to help pupils develop skills that are a prerequisite of tomorrow’s workplace, whilst ensuring they attain the best possible grades in GCSE and A Level Examinations.
The latest issue can be downloaded here.
Mr John Jones
Director of Innovation for The RGS Family of Schools