Since introducing our My Mobile Learning programme in our school the access to digital devices in our classrooms has increased significantly for everyone. Something we did notice though, was that those students who did not have devices they could use at home had much less access. Our school is diverse. We are aware that despite our existing resource there are many students who access to is limited or restricted once they leave school for the day. We kept thinking about how we could better utilise a resource that we already had to benefit more of our learners.
We been wondering about how we could make our digital technologies more available to our students who need it. It seems a shame that our amazing resource of digital devices only gets utilised six hours a day. We discussed our options and decided that before school would be the best place to start. Teachers are here working, and willing and able to supervise. Although the afternoons seem like a better choice for our students, our teachers often have commitments to other team events and meetings which can impact on availability.
Maths is an area we are looking at closely this year in terms of progress and achievement. We already knew that basic facts specifically is an area that needed extra focus and attention. And so our Basic Facts Breakfasts began.
In Term 3, some students in the Year 7 and 8 team were invited to attend our Basic Facts Breakfast Club. We wanted to be able to extend the time our students had access to school owned devices to help assist their learning goals. We decided to start with something simple like Basic Facts.
So Basic Facts Breakfast began!
We created a basic facts learning hub within our Office 365, SharePoint sites environment. The students recommended sites and wrote brief descriptions about what they are most useful for. When our students login, they have all these resources at their fingertips. We plan to keep adding to this as we find even more resources to support our learning.
How Does it Work?
Some students have attended every available session, and others have chosen when it suits best to come along.
What have the benefits been?
"I’ve gotten faster at remembering basic facts" –OC
"I like coming because I learn things I don’t know" -TD
"We had little test mid way through and I improved a lot, I have memorised most of the basic facts I was working on" - JB
"Basic facts club help me with my maths and I am really improving, basic facts help me with harder maths that I usually get stuck on" – KB
Our first foray into extending access was a success. The challenge now is to figure out ways to extend this further, more kids, more time, more learning areas.