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Linked with the webinars organised for the project teachers, this blog will display teachers thoughts, plans, ideas and experience with tablets in classroom. After each webinar, the teachers will write a reflective post on the given topic. Along the course of the project, this blog will provide an interesting insight into day to day teaching with tablets.  

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Blog 6 - Chris Carey (UK)



Give your response with an explanation and your reasons.

1. What did you find most challenging during the CCL project? 

  • The most challenging elements of the project for me were getting started on the projects. Both from a teacher and pupil perspective, it was clear what we wanted the end product to look like, and the design phases of this went well… however there were initial issues in engaging with the project effectively. This was mainly down to the lack of devices available and amount of pupil time available. If more devices had been available to me throughout the project, and with more lessons weekly in my subject area, I am sure there would have been greater success. 

2. What was the biggst benefit of participating in the CCL project?

  • The biggest benefit of participating in the project has been the ability to enable a completely different teaching and learning style. In both the learning scenarios I was part of (Collaborative learning and Liberating Learners) I feel that students responded very well in these areas. In both cycle one and 2, the use of iPads gave students more independence and creativity to lead their own learning, and achieve higher levels in the process. 

3. What have you been able to achieve? What are you most proud of?

  • My greatest achievement is in the ability of changing the nature of the experiences children in my school have when learning. A large amount of teaching styles are evident, but it is very rare that they would have the opportunities they could access whilst working on the project. This had a direct impact on their levels of progress within my own subject, but also indirect impacts on their subject knowledge and skills in other areas.

4. How will you take the work forward? How will you disseminate your work to others?

  •  I have already been lucky enough to present information regarding the project to some trainee teachers at Canterbury Christ Church University to demonstrate the impact that technology can have in the classroom. In addition to this I am currently working on delivering my findings to the governors of the school I am in, with a view to improve the amount of funding the school gives to technology in the classroom. One to one devices are not currently available in my school, so I am hoping that the success of the project could influence change in this area. 

5. 2 Top Tips for other teachers 

  •  1. Don’t be daunted by the amount of apps available for use. Students will always work out how to use them independently in an appropriate way that fits the task at hand.
  • 2. Ensure that enough time is spent on all phases in the learning phases to get the greatest success in each project.