A new approach to teaching and learning is keeping us all connected and progressing
One of our strengths lies in being part of the Cognita family. In terms of the educational and technological expertise available to us all, this has enabled us to make online teaching and learning a reality.
At TEMS we have been able to adapt rapidly and successfully to the new situation, providing students and teachers with the necessary tools and resources to ensure rich online learning experiences and to help them stay connected.
This new era of learning is an excellent opportunity to boost the digital skills of students and teachers and further develop the use of technology across the school; an expertise which will continue to be used to great advantage when we are able to reopen our premises.
1-to-1 Devices Programme
Following our period of online learning during confinement, we became convinced of the need for every student to have their own personal learning device.
We are thrilled to announce that this term we are introducing our 1-to-1 Devices Programme where every pupil from Year 3 will receive their own personal device. The programme is fully funded by the school. This development promises to open up new methods of teaching, assessment and feedback, and to provide every student with greater ownership for their learning.
Benefits for the students
- Personalised learning and differentiated instruction
- Developed engagement, motivation, agency and ownership for learning
- Enhanced collaboration skills
- Full software and technical support by Cognita’s Digital Learning Team
For closer insight on why we are so excited about our digital learning developments, view this short video from Cognita Spain’s Digital Learning Advisor, Sabrina Espasandin.
What online learning looks like at TEMS
Our approach to online education
Just like in class, we combine different types of activities to enrich the way in which the curriculum is taught, both in a synchronous format (the pupil and teacher participate at the same time) and in and asynchronous format (the pupils learn without the teacher).
To maintain human contact and interactions in online learning, synchronous sessions are carried out so that our pupils can connect with both their classmates and the teachers. This is what we call Synchronous Learning.
Pupils of all ages use Google Classroom. Each class and each year have their own team, and they regularly hold videoconferences to receive live classes or even enjoy group assemblies; most excitingly those delivered by the students themselves.
Either through explanatory videos from their teachers or previously designed activities, asynchronous learning allows the pupils to advance at their own pace through the curriculum content.
Also, both Secondary and the upper years of Primary learn through Century Tech: an Artificial Intelligence-enabled online learning resource.
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Feedback comments to students
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Teaching staff: the most valuable resource at our school
Students are provided with an iPad or laptop through our 1 to 1 Device Programme. All teachers can work remotely if necessary and as such can continue with the essential aspects of their job: setting clear, shared learning targets, delivering educational content, facilitating conceptual understanding, offering learning support to the pupils and, of course, monitoring progress and giving effective feedback.
Peer-to-peer learning and collaboration among teachers to share training and best practices is key during this type of online learning and it’s an important element for the Continuous Professional Development of our teaching staff at TEMS. As part of a large educational international group, our teachers have had the opportunity to continue their training thanks to a series of weekly webinars delivered by expert colleagues of Cognita schools in Spain.
The experience from the students’ perspective
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because of this? By our Head of Infants, Abigail Kay
Students at the centre
At Cognita schools, students’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.
Mental and physical wellbeing is key during this period. At TEMS, our student support team is available for the whole school community offering any the necessary resources and assistance as needed.