UC Advanced - issue #6

Utilising technology like smart thermostats can help schools avoid temperature-related issues by activating heating or cooling automatically, and give teachers and students control of the temperature of each classroom.

method allows students to both access work and download educational materials remotely meaning that they can find any content missed through absence, or indeed catch up on homework through shared systems, such as Google Classroom or MyMaths. Introducing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schemes to schools, popularised by homeworking, is another important topic for consideration. There is value in supporting this, as it gives students the opportunity to revisit their work at home, whilst access to subject-specific files and workspaces encourages further collaboration between students outside the classroom setting.

introduced the ‘Connect the Classroom’ scheme. By recognising the importance of fast and infrastructurally supported Wi-Fi speeds in schools, this scheme will introduce or update Wi-Fi access points and network switches in schools that ‘require improvement’. This gives students a better foundation for learning and helps them get more out of their lessons through the rollout of more engaging and interactive online learning. Connect the Classroom also improves site operations, improving school security and making administrative processes more efficient. Taking advantage of this scheme allows a school to directly improve the learning outcomes of their students. In parallel, the UK Government’s ‘Engagement Model’ outlines that schools should consider how they use Smart technologies in lesson observations. Recording and photographing lessons enables a teacher to analyse the ebbs of student attention span and identify which part of their lessons provides the most stimulation. By doing so, a school can also future map an individual student’s behaviour and create a personalised learning plan or bespoke curriculum suited to them. Next Steps Distractions exist in all shapes and sizes, and as education budgets grow ever tighter the steady transition to become Smart becomes critical. Implementing Smart technologies in education naturally moves us all towards a future that accounts for all student attention levels, and enables engagement preferences to be set, and learning styles to be adjusted accordingly to suit.

Recording and photographing lessons enables

Government-Driven Objectives Clear student and government-driven

a teacher to analyse the

objectives are also important to develop a framework that will actively increase student engagement within the learning environment. A case in point is UCEN – Manchester’s student engagement strategy – which includes ‘producing accessible information and communication to students’. By doing so, they proactively embrace technology and social media as key platforms for improvement and engage staff and students as partners across all learning, teaching and assessments. Communicating essential information to students through technology has since become second nature, whilst the student also absorbs important information in a way that feels innate. By creating a space where students are active participants in the creation of their curriculum, individuals feel more involved and subsequently have higher interest levels in their work. In June 2023, the UK Government

ebbs of student attention span

and identify which part of their lessons provides the most stimulation.



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