We wanted to pass on a big thanks you to our friends from three of our best schools, who helped us present the realsmart learning journey in a schools showcase presentation, at this years SSAT Achievement Show.
We broke the journey down in to 3 sections: ‘getting started’, ‘making good use’ and ‘next steps’:
Stretford made the decision to get their heads in the cloud in January this year and can already show how this has made a big impact on teaching and learning. Dan Stucke, Assistant Head teacher, shared with us their rationale for choosing realsmartcloud, how it has saved them money and how it’s having an immediate effect in the classroom.
Vicky Essex, Deputy Head, and Martin Ashworth from Winton School in Hampshire, told us how in less than a year their school has became one of the top users of realsmart. Vicky showcased some of the great work they have done using realsmart to build learning portfolios, using simple tools to record and share learning across the school. It was great to see that as a result of this students had built learning language in to their vocabulary.
John Sibbald, Head of Specialism and Post 16 at MCA, gave some practical examples of true parental engagement using realsmart to facilitate learning conversations between learners, parents and staff. The Academy have facilitated their Parents’ Evening using realsmart to review student’s work and believe in true parental engagement, not parental voyeurism. We believe that it’s not good enough for parents to look at portfolios without the wider context. Even less so with grades and percentages. That’s why Manchester Communications Academy provide such a fantastic example.