This document records the outcomes of our current digital learning plan, including targets and the actions we will implement to meet the targets.
1.1 School Details:
● St Joseph’s is a vertical with infant boys’ national school. At present there are 545 pupils on roll. There is 1 administrative principal, 1 administrative deputy principal,24 mainstream class teachers, 9 SET teachers, 4 EAL teachers, 1 special class teacher, 2 shared HSCL officers, and 6 Inclusion Support Assistants (ISAs). The school derives its population from Longford town and is a DEIS Band 1 Urban school.Currently we have a bank of 17 tablets in the school and 10 pupil laptops. Each teacher also has their own laptop and most have IWB and a digital projector in their classroom. Our current SSE focus is Digital Learning& the 5 areas of our DEIS plan.
1.2 School Vision:
● Our vision as a school is to use digital technologies to provide our pupils with opportunities to develop 21st century skills so that each child should learn and achieve to the best of his/ her ability in an inclusive environment.
● Our school also recognises the need to raise awareness of online safety and become responsible digital citizens.
● Home school links are strong in the school and we wish to keep communication as open as possible. We aim to extend our use of Digital Technologies to communicate more efficiently with our parents/guardians and the wider school community.
● As a staff we aim to continueto upskill ourselves in the area of digital technologies so that we can support our pupils to use these technologies more meaningfully, creating digital content across the curriculum and ensuring active learning.
1.3 Brief account of the use of digital technologies in the school to date:
● Most classrooms have an interactive projector and a laptop with internet access. Teachers use DT daily to enhance and deliver the curriculum but in a passive capacity. Pupils are currently using technology to access information, but not to create their own digital content.
● We aim to focus more on student engagement with digital technology for learning.
● There is a bank of 10 pupil laptops, 17 iPads, 4 LEGO WeDo sets & 6 Beebots. We have a number of digital cameras and a digital camcorder available also.
● We have a school website and Facebook page that are updated and use “Aladdin” software to contact parents.
● We currently use Aladdin to record student data, attendance and assessment results.
2. The focus of this Digital Learning Plan
As our DEIS plan is our focus in SSE, we chose to embed the use of digital technologies to foster active engagement and collect evidence and record progress in development of literacy and numeracy skills. We undertook a digital learning evaluation in our school during the first term of the2018 school year. We gathered evidence using:
● Teacher and pupil questionnaires
● Online Survey Tool-Mentimeter & Google forms
● Feedback at Staff Meetings
● Focus Group
● Teaching and Learning: Domain 1 Learner Outcomes
● Leadership and Management: Domain 1 Leading Learning and Teaching
2.2 The standards and statements from the Digital Learning Framework being selected
Pupils enjoy their learning, are motivated to learn and achieve as learners.
Pupils use appropriate digital technologies to foster active engagement in attaining appropriate learning outcomes.
Foster teacher professional development that enriches teachers’ and pupils’ learning
The principal and other leaders in the school support teachers’ continuing professional development to develop teacher competence in the use of digital technologies, to support high quality teaching and learning.
2.3. These are a summary of our strengths with regards digital learning
● Pupils engage well with digital technologies and someare quite proficient in using digital technology
● A survey of pupils indicated that they all enjoyed using technology and found the lesson more interesting & fun when using the IWB or iPads.
● A survey of the teachers was conducted in Feb 2018 andindicated the following information:
○ 35.7% of teachers felt that pupils were using appropriate digital technologies to foster active engagement in attaining appropriate learning outcomes.
○ 15.4% felt very confident in using digital technologies within their classrooms
● Some staff members are engaged in a number of digital technology projects.
● Staff members are motivated and encouraged to gain CPD relating to embedding digital technologies across the curriculum.
2.4This is what we are going to focus on to improve our digital learning practice further
● A survey of the teachers was performed in Feb 2018 and indicated the following information:
○ 21.4% of teachers felt that pupils were not using appropriate digital technologies to foster active engagement in attaining appropriate learning outcomes.
○ 23.1% did not feel confident in using digital technologies within their classrooms
● As a result staff will engage in CPD in order to facilitate a greater use of digital technologies by pupils
● We will set up peer support for staff members to increase competence and confidence in embedding digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment.
● Design activities where pupils create digital artefacts through active engagement with digital technologies, to support and enhance learning in different curricular areas.
3. Our Digital Learning plan
On the next page we have recorded:
● The targets for improvement we have set
● The actions we will implement to achieve these
● Who is responsible for implementing, monitoring and reviewing our improvement plan
● How we will measure progress and check outcomes (criteria for success)
As we implement our improvement plan we will record:
● The progressmade, and adjustments made, and when
● Achievement of targets (original and modified), and when
Digital Learning Action Plan
DOMAIN: (From Digital Learning Framework) Learner Outcomes
STANDARD(S): (From Digital Learning Framework)
· Pupils enjoy their learning, are motivated to learn and achieve as learners.
STATEMENT(S): (From Digital Learning Framework)
· Pupils use appropriate digital technologies to foster active engagement in attaining appropriate learning outcomes.
Targets: (What do we want to achieve?)
· Pupils will create and share curricular-based digital content, appropriate to their class level to develop literacy and numeracy skills.
(What needs to be done?)
(When is it to be done by?)
(Who is to do it?)
(What are the desired outcomes?)
(What resources are needed?)
● Pupils will engage with coding/computer programming activities and create digital content at least twice per academic year:
○ Infant Level: Use book creator/audacity to record students experiences of their current Aistear theme.
○ 1st/ 2nd Class: Programme Beebots to navigate maps, numberlines and mats to consolidate mathematical learning. Use a video editing app to create, publish and share text from the varied writing genres.
○ 3rd/4th Class: Develop basic skills in computer programming by using Scratch Jr app.Create a narratedvideo artefact to showcase learning on a topic in SESE or another curricular area using a video editing applications
○ 5th/6th Class: Continue to develop skills in programmingby using Lego We-Do.Create and present a digital presentation to showcase curricular learning
● Pupils will regularly share the digital content with their peers and get feedback on it
● Staff will share their experiences using Digital Technologies in their classrooms with each other and engage in peer support where appropriate.
● September 2019 – June 2020
DLT to arrange support - All staff
All staff & pupils
● All staff
By June 2020 each pupil will have used digital tools to create two digital artefacts.
Each pupil will create curricular based digital content at least twice in the academic year and share their work with an audience of their peers.
Sharing good practice at whole staff session/staff meetings.
Lego We Do
Evaluation Procedures: Feedback at staff meetings, Cuntais Miosula, evidence of pupil work completed using DT.
DOMAIN: (From Digital Learning Framework) Leading Learning and Teaching
· Foster teacher professional development that enriches teachers’ and pupils’ learning
· The principal and other leaders in the school support teachers’ continuing professional development to develop teacher competence in the use of digital technologies, to support high quality teaching and learning.
· Staff will engage in CPD to develop their teacher confidence to support high quality teaching and learning.
● Teachers will engage in CPD on using digital technologies.
Teachers will have completed one online or Face-to-Face course throughout the school year.