Teaching and Learning impact from Bridge the Divide

Increased learner device ratios can offer significant benefits not just in relation to affordability but for everyday opportunities to teach and learn in different and more effective ways. There are many ways teachers can start preparing for the arrival of their devices to ensure that the impact is immediate when devices arrive.

Preparing your staff and students before the devices arrive

  • How to prepare staff for a change to improved device ratios

  • Fully understanding all the relevant device features and incorporating them into everyday teaching & learning

  • Adopting inclusive approaches to device usage - helping teachers to appreciate the range of accessibility features available for learners, such as voice-to-text and high-visibility modes

Achieving an instant Impact in schools when the devices arrive

Staff at Lawford C of E Primary School in Essex explain the immediate and positive impact of receiving their Bridge the Divide devices.

Harnessing the full potential of Bridge the Divide in every school

Phil Hedger, CEO of the Leo Academy Trust, explains the impact that the Bridge the Divide can have when it embedded as an integral part of a school improvement strategy.

Real time interventions into student learning with one to one ratios

One to one device ratios mean that teachers can track in real time students work and intervene quickly to spot misconceptions, accelerating the pace of learning and helping ensure that no children gets left behind.

Accessing high quality online resources at Leo Academy Trust

Graham Macaulay from Leo Academy Trust explains a variety of ways in which Chromebooks can be used to access a range of online resources available through LGfL as part off the Let's Get Digital Service.

Thinking beyond current practice

Rachel Coathup from Leo Academy Trust explains why it is important to consider the strategy behind using one-to-one devices in the classroom. This includes thinking beyond what you do currently and about how both the teaching and learning is going to change from using more devices in the classroom and beyond.

Giving children a competitive advantage

Headteacher Mark Hannon at St Fidelis RC Primary School explains his commitment to providing his children the best resources and equipment so they can be challenged and confident in their work; preparing them with modern lifeskills for a competitive world when they leave school.

Understanding the range of additional opportunities from one to one ratios

Headteacher Mark Hannon at St Fidelis RC Primary School explains the benefits that one to one device ratios bring to both the everyday school classroom and also for learning beyond the confines of the school day.

Accessing high quality online resources at St Fidelis RC Primary School

Assistant Headteacher Ben Kennor at St Fidelis RC Primary School explains how he uses a range of high quality online resources to support everyday teaching and learning and how the LGfL Content portfolio helps support all learners engage in the curriculum.

Managing devices effectively to support effective teaching

Assistant Headteacher Ben Kennor at St Fidelis RC Primary School explains how he uses the LGfl provided Meraki device management system to ensure that teachers can concentrate on teaching rather than managing devices in a learning context.

Cloud on a budget - making the most of what you already have access to in school

LGfL Content Manager, Bob Usher, explains all the variety of ways you can maximise devices to support effective and inclusive approaches to everyday teaching and learning including:

  • One to one learner to device ratios

  • Teacher device only (e.g. learners have no device)

  • Enough to support group work (e.g. 5 devices per class)

...and every variation in between!

Click here to watch in full screen

Frequently Asked Questions - Teaching and Learning & Bridge the Divide

How can I prepare my teachers for the opportunities that increased device ratios offer for my school?

There is a wide range of training opportunities available at www.training.lgfl.net that help with the effective use of LGfL learning services and online platforms.

Where can I receive expert support for the strategic implementation of technology in my school?

You can apply for bespoke support from the DfE funded EdTech Demonstrator programme. This support is delivered via a network of expert Schools and Colleges. To find out more here.

How can I prepare my children for the opportunities that increased device ratios offer for my school?

A good way of preparing the children for increased devices ratios is to maintain the progress you will have made with their use of learning platforms during partial school closures during lockdown. If you make learning platform use part of their everyday classroom and homework learning, they will make the most of the devices when you have an improved ratio in school.

What types of impact can I expect as my device ratio to learner increases thorugh Bridge The Divide scheme?

Any long term impact is dependent on how the teacher integrates the technology into their everyday teaching approach, however, one to one ratios give unique opportunities to provide real time feedback on leaners progress and understanding. This can aid interventions in real time teaching situations like no other approach. A good example of this can be viewed in this case study which features one to one device ratios for KS4 students.

What is the diference between a Chromebook, Winbook and iPad and how will I know which is best for my school?

There is training support for Microsoft and Google platforms via the LGfL training programme. If you would like to discuss the relative merits between Winbooks, Chromebooks and iPad from a teaching and learning perspective then email contentsupport@lgfl.net to discuss your needs and receive bespoke device and platform-agnostic advice from our curriculum experts.