All of our Year 5 children were presented this week with their very own high spec Asus netbooks! This is as part of an ICT scheme which we hope will allow the pupils to work independently at both school and at home. We are incredibly proud of this major project and we are extremely grateful to our friends at Southwark Council for working closely with the school on the funding for the netbooks.
All of Year 5 had an introduction session with their new machines this week. The aim is to have a two week intense period of using the netbooks in the classroom, and then the children will be encouraged to take their computers home to continue their work and learning. The netbooks will remain with this particular year group up until the end of Year 6.
The first task that we carried out during our introductory workshop was to connect the netbooks online. The school has improved its WIFI provision, having put in place a network that will support all fifty machines simultaneously. We learnt about how to turn our WIFI settings on and off, as well as basic customising of our desktops. You can listen to a selection of our Year 5 pupils talking about the project in the podcast below.
All pupils have signed a school and home agreement. This confirms the ownership of the netbooks, as well as setting out the Michael Faraday Online Safety policy. We have talked in great with our pupils about the problems we might find when using the internet. The children are aware that social network sites such as Facebook, can provide dangers for young people. Year 5 asked some great questions about how to remain safe whilst online.
This project provides staff and pupils at Michael Faraday with a whole new way in which to learn. We hope that parents will offer support to our pupils at home. All that we ask in return is a nominal £10 contribution per term to cover insurance costs. This is a major project at Michael Faraday – we are confident it will be a huge success, and will lead the way for other schools in the borough.
The first day of online learning proved to be a wonderful introductory session. We had a few minor technical problems, but plenty of fun! We caught up with some of the pupils at the end of the day to find out what their netbook experience had been like: