Our Digital Vision
The world is being transformed by a series of profound technological changes dominated by digital—a ‘second machine age’. This is already having a significant impact on the UK; over the next two decades some economists have estimated that 35% of current jobs in the UK could become automated. Digital technology is changing all our lives, work, society and politics. It brings with it huge opportunities for the UK, but also significant risks. (Make or Break – The UK’s Digital Future, February, 2015).
A Digital World
We are potentially going through the most exciting and innovative stage of human evolution. The Digital Revolution, in a very short period of time, has presented us all with unique opportunities to be better connected for communication and more exposed to an ever-increasing range of information and topics.
The Langney Primary Approach
Educating pupils for such an arena is a challenge for the education system as a whole. The current generation of pupils face an ever evolving range of digital challenges within the world and are evolving at a rapid pace. Preparing children with the skill-set necessary for safely navigating a digital world is a challenge that requires wide portfolio of digital knowledge, appropriately differentiated planning and assessment; which must continuously adapt in time with the world’s digital evolution.
At Langney Primary School we have embraced the opportunity to better inform and equip our pupils with the vast array of skills needed to safely and confidently negotiate the digital world. It is a technological journey that both staff and pupils have travelled together.
Our mission started with one single tablet, in 2014, with in a Year 5 class. Starting small-scale, we underwent a year of digital experimentation in the classroom; trialling web-based reward systems, online storage and cloud-based office applications. Armed with first-hand knowledge on the pros and cons of using digital hardware in the class, over the next 18 months, we up-scaled to 170+ tablets to include one-to-one devices for all Upper KS2 pupils, a floating class set for Years 1-4, 20 tablets for EYFS and tablets for all teaching staff. Bucking the iPad trend, we opted for Android tablets linked to Google Apps for Education. We were one of the first schools in the UK to subscribe to Google Play for Education, allowing easy, quickly and fuss free deployment of apps to pupil tablets. We now have in excess of 300 Google Apps accounts, allowing all KS2 pupils and all staff to access work in or out of school, anytime, anywhere.