RGS Digital supports our mission to create that excitement and anticipation behind every classroom door, where the magic happens, where the next energy scientist is inspired, or where the next business leader or poet begins to grow.
What is RGS Digital?
RGS Digital is a gradual evolution in the way that we use the technology in school. It is the selective and appropriate use of technology at home and in school to support students. In September 2022 we launched Phase One with our current Lower Sixth and Third Form students. Over the next two years we will complete our rollout to other year groups, introducing a one-to-one computer for all so that each child has their own computer in school as part of their normal school equipment.
What benefits will RGS Digital bring?
RGS Digital will help improve the way that we deliver the school curriculum to each student. For example:
· to provide better differentiated lessons; and
· to help with organisation to give feedback to students in more accessible and personalised ways
· to provide new ways for students and teachers to work together
If you would like to see of the things we have been getting up to, watch the video: Digital Work. However, more than this, RGS Digital will teach children about when technology is the right solution, how to use that technology safely and when using simple pen and paper is better.
How might it better differentiate in lessons?
Our experience has been that one-to-one allows opportunity for students to access resources and tasks independently and more fluidly in lessons, progressing through their learning at a pace that ensures understanding. Devices provide the opportunity for thinking beyond the immediate lesson concept and allow personalised materials to cater for individual needs.
What do you mean about feedback in different ways?
The more traditional phrase ‘marking’ is now considered a one-way action done by teachers to students’ work. Whilst more formal summative assessments such as tests are marked the most powerful way teachers can help students progress is to have a dialogue to engage an action from the student. One-to-one devices allow this to happen more effectively with options for verbal, collaborative and ongoing dialogue. This can take place in response to work and so students have more time to reflect on what they need to do next to improve their learning.
When will my child join?
Students in the current Fifth Form will join as they transition to the Lower Sixth and student in the current Second Form will join as they transition to the Third Form.
Students will need to have a computer either from the school arranged scheme or their own that meets the specification requirements for the start of the phase allocated to that year group.
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