10:50AM, Tuesday 17 May 2016
Some of the latest teaching practices have been on show at a special conference hosted by a Marlow school.
Danesfield School, in Henley Road, Medmenham, hosted an education double-header in the form of the 21st Century Learning for 21st Century Students and the Teachmeet Three Shires events.
The first, which was held during school hours on Thursday, April 28, saw about 20 people, a mixture of primary and senior school teachers as well as other education professionals, take part.
The day started with an introductory talk by host headteacher Sarah Morgan, in which she outlined the way the school has embraced technology into its lesson plans.
Under the mantle of ‘21st century learning’, staff are encouraged to use all facilities available to them to improve pupils’ learning.
This was followed by a tour, during which lessons were observed to see the practice in action.
The school is a Microsoft Showcase School and later on visitors were also able to pick up tips from the Stuart Ball, one of the masterminds behind the tech firm’s UK education division, which has helped improve classroom IT systems, following a donation of computer equipment last summer.
After the school day finished, the sessions continued with the Teachmeet Three Shires event, which saw almost 20 primary school teachers, including Danesfield staff sharing tips and expertise.
Mrs Morgan said: “The day was a chance for us to share our 21st century learning approaches.
“The feedback was amazing and one person said it was the best CPD Continuing Professional Development event they had been to.
“The idea was to show it’s not that hard to get 21st century learning practices into the classroom and that it’s not just about putting a child in front of a computer. It’s about giving them the skills they need.”
She added: “It was a great opportunity for the children to talk to the visitors and it’s great for the teachers to be able to showcase what they’re doing.
“It’s been a really nice opportunity for Danesfield to shine and show off the teaching that goes on every day.”
That sentiment seemed to be widely shared too, with one visitor tweeting after the event to call it an ‘inspirational day’, adding she was ‘buzzing with ideas to share’.
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