Technology in Teaching
Godolphin & Latymer has a long-standing commitment to providing outstanding teaching for learning. With the introduction of new technologies from iPads to drones and virtual reality learning we are constantly looking for new ways to help our pupils learn more effectively and more deeply. We see technology as a compliment to our existing teaching expertise rather than a replacement for it.
"... technology can amplify great teaching,
it cannot replace poor teaching."
Schleicher, A. (2018), Valuing our Teachers and Raising their Status: How Communities Can Help, International Summit on the Teaching Profession, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264292697-en.
Immersive technology is still a newly developing field in education, but it is already being used by the British Army, NHS and Cross Rail as an effective learning tool. As part of an internally funded action research project, G&L are trialling a wide variety of augmented, mixed and virtual reality apps to investigate their impact on our inquisitive and ambitious learners.
With contributions from G&L teachers, Jonathan writes and maintains a regular internal blog focused on helping teachers to employ iPads to improve learning and ease workflows in the classroom. Some topics covered in the past include "Tracking Spaced Practice in Nearpod," "Hinge Questions on the iPad," "Google Slides for Work Sharing," and "The Muddiest Point." Staff are encouraged to share ideas and professional learning about teaching with technology through regular iPad tips, blog postings, and lunchtime sharing sessions.
G&L are delighted to have been selected as just one of five schools in the country to receive mixed reality headsets from HP and SystemActive to test in our lessons as part of a project funded by ISC Digital. The equipment is currently being used by staff and students and we will be presenting our findings on 17 May at RGS Newcastle.
In 2017 the PFTA generously funded the purchase of a drone for the school to use in lessons. We have been using it for sports days, field-studies and student learning, gaining a new perspective and some amazing footage.
Since 2017, Godolphin & Latymer have been proud to play host to the West London Apple RTC. As a Regional Training Centre, we partner with Apple to offer free continuing professional development to teachers at G&L and partner institutions. This year we are running a Teacher Learning Community themed upon "Redefining Teaching & Learning Using Technology." To learn more about what the community is studying and discussing, visit the RTC site.
Our Staff Team
Claire Badger is a Senior Teacher at Godolphin and Latymer responsible for the school's Digital Strategy in Teaching and Learning. Claire planned and managed the introduction of iPads at G&L and oversees the school's contribution as an Apple Regional Training Centre. She is a pioneer in using technology in her Chemistry Lessons, encouraging flip-learning, low-stakes testing and interleaving through a wide variety of apps and activities. She manages the Teaching and Learning Communities at G&L and regularly organises training events for staff, pupils, parents and PGCE and NQT students in the use of technology in the classroom.
Katie Tallett-Williams is a member of the Geography Department at Godolphin and Latymer. She has a particular interest in using technology to enhance teaching and learning, assisting as a Staff-Digital Leader to help roll-out the use of iPads for both teachers and students at G&L. Katie has worked to develop the Geography Department's use of technology while in the field and enjoys researching how new technology can bring field-work back into the classroom. In conjunction with the Physics Department and the generous support of the PTFA, Katie collaborated in the purchase of the DJI Mavic Pro Drone and its use on field-work projects. She is also leading the action research project on the use of technology in enhancing experiential learning, acting as the school contact for the ISC Virtual Reality Project.
Jonathan White is the Digital Learning Lead at Godolphin & Latymer, manages the West London Apple Regional Training Centre, and writes the @Godolphin digital learning blog. Jonathan works with teachers at G&L and through the RTC to help them use technology effectively to support teaching and learning. He holds a Master's degree in Educational Media & Technology from Boston University, and has more than twenty years' experience training lecturers, teachers, students and staff in secondary and higher education settings. Jonathan has a particular interest in metacognition and low-stakes assessment, and the ways that they can be supported by mobile and cloud-based technologies. He has driven the adoption of G Suite at Godolphin & Latymer, and collaborates with the IT department for the management and support of the school's 1:1 iPad program.