The Maths department have incorporated Surface Pro4 into the teaching and learning as follows:
- The laptop converts to a tablet, allowing for complete portability around the classroom, thereby improving classroom management;
- Notes can be converted to text, and all lessons and workings ’on the board’ stored for future use/sharing;
- The ease of recording means that that staff have been able to provide students and pupils with screencasts, to allow more independent learning. The screencasts can be accessed by pupils at any time, and has also released the teacher to provide more support to pupils, in the classroom;
- Pupils are more eager to share their workings with the class, as by being able to ‘write’ directly on the tablet rather than the board, participation has improved;
- Pupils have embraced a system of using different colours to demonstrate their learning, and this has been transferred into their working practices. Now, pupils use a different colour pen to show the aspects of calculation they are unclear about, thus enabling the teacher to support those issues. As a result, there has been a shift to pupils trying out more problems, rather than focussing on what they know they can do and leaving what they feel they cannot do;
- The Surface Pro4s have also been used with linked primary schools, which, having accessed the technology, are using them in a wide range of subjects.
- They particularly note that the ‘word to text’ function supports better handwriting, as children have to write neatly to be able to be ‘read’;
- The team of teachers from the secondary and primaries have set up a half termly meeting to share good practice and teaching and learning strategies.