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Let's imagine that we have a vision of education in which learners:

  • are resilient, self-motivated and agentive (taking responsibility for their own learning)
  • all perform well in core curriculum areas (English, Maths and Science)
  • developing 'knowledge age skills' such as leadership, teamwork, communication, real problem solving and learning to learn.

We recognise that in order to achieve some of these things we need to change some aspects of how we teach (pedagogy) and place greater emphasis on 'knowledge age skills', whilst ensuring that our pupils' performance in the core subjects improves (or at worst stays the same).

We believe that we could do this by reducing the amount of teacher led whole class teaching (Teacher 'presentations') and increasing collaborative work and peer-peer support.

The question is how best to bring about these changes. We know that changing pedagogy is difficult.

Based on our own experiences, talking with colleagues and recent research we believe that introducing Tablet PCs into our school will result in changes to pedagogy, which in turn will enable us to achieve our educational vision (the bullet points set out above).

So the innovation is the introduction of Tablet PCs. The impacts we are looking for are related to changes in pedagogy, improved behaviour and improved learning outcomes.