Children entering school are fully-fledged “digital natives”. Recent research by Ofcom found that six-year-olds have the same understanding of communications technology as 45-year-olds, and a “millennium generation” of 14- and 15-year-olds are the most tech-savvy in the UK. We believe in integrating digital learning, with technology as a complementary piece of equipment in a student’s “pencil case” which supports and develops different skills, alongside the more traditional approaches of reading, writing, drafting, spelling and drawing traditionally practised in schools.
The advantages of elearning include:
- Engagement and interest for students to learn interactively
- More effective diagnostic testing for students and staff; electronic tests with immediate feedback
- Online collaboration, modelling and peer assessment to improve grades
- Ease of sharing work and learning from each other
- Regular and frequent exposure to relevant technology in all subject areas, as opposed to once a week in an IT suite
The electronic safety of children is taken very seriously at Perins School. We expect our students to use their computers responsibly, and we provide support to make sure they are aware of how to stay safe when using technology in school and at home.
To encourage pupils to develop an understanding of how to be responsible digital citizens, we incorporate aspects of e-safety into Computing, Life Studies and Perins Values lessons.
For families, we run evening e-safety workshops giving advice on how to support your child at home (e.g. ensuring age filters are switched on and checking Internet browsing history). Copies of the support materials from these events can be accessed by contacting the Perins IT Services team on email@example.com.
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To safeguard our students and to support the sensible use of laptops, both in school and at home, Perins uses the remote monitoring and management software, Impero.
This gives teachers the capability to monitor their student’s laptop use in lessons, encouraging effective learning, and restricting access where necessary. This system enables us to not only block inappropriate websites at school, but also at home. In addition to this, we have set up a reporting system for keyword violations and unsafe searches which are reported to our Guidance Team on a daily basis and are dealt with according to the school’s safeguarding policy.