Our teachers are using technology to give our students access to new resources and new ways to learn. We are also equipping our students with the skills to enhance their own study and research, by making smarter use of the technology that is available to them. One of the key advantages of our e-learning approach is that it allows our staff to deliver more individualised learning opportunities and gives our students greater control over their learning experience.
Students are supported to learn at their own pace, allowing them to revise content with which they need to spend more time, or to stretch themselves with additional readings and exercises. Each student’s device enables our staff to reach them with a range of learning resources such as course notes, videos, podcasts, revision exercises and online publications, including a number of multi-touch interactive books developed in-house by our subject departments.
All our students, from Year 9 to Year 13, are required to use an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for their learning. Their academic courses are accessible online, enabling them to keep up-to-date with their coursework at any time and from anywhere. We will be advising on the purchase of an iPad and peripherals soon.
We are very conscious of the role we play as digital educators. We want our students to be confident users of technology and to know how to use technology in the way that is most appropriate to the task at hand.
Our teachers integrate the use of technology into classroom teaching and assignments, allowing students to learn about different applications in a practical and useful way.
We have also introduced courses in Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship for all our Year 9 and Year 10 students to help them use digital technologies responsibly and productively.
These classes provide valuable skills they can apply in all their subjects, such as effective note-taking on digital devices and smart online search practices. Knowing how to access, navigate and differentiate information is a vital skill in today’s world and one which our students will continue to use in future study and in the workplace.
Alongside teaching them how to access the advantages offered by digital technologies, we also educate our students to become responsible digital citizens. Students learn about the risks, responsibilities and etiquette of being a digital citizen.
Prepared for the future
To prepare our students for the increasingly complex work environments of the future we know it is essential to develop their digital literacy and confidence. We recognise technology as an important platform and enabling tool for; creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving, and communication and collaboration, in our globally-connected classrooms and offices.
By building educational technologies into all aspects of our teaching and learning, we also ensure that our students can access and make use of real-world, contemporary data, tools and expert insights. We believe this is a valuable practice for our students to learn and apply in their studies and, ultimately, in their careers.
Technology is constantly evolving and at King’s College our goal is to prepare our students with the tools and confidence to keep pace with that evolution. We are always looking for new opportunities to use technology to unlock student potential and expand the learning experience.