We are fortunate that our teachers and students have been using iPads for many years and so moving to remote teaching and learning was a smooth transition. We have been using Showbie and other online applications for a long time. We introduced Microsoft Teams a few years ago and already had pilot groups working on Class Teams in preparation for a planned launch in September. We expedited the launch to mid March so that students could familiarise themselves with using it. In addition to this, we moved to recording all prep on our new portal, My School Portal, in November.
We recently launched Minerva as our online hub for academic resources. All students have been sent the link to create Minerva as an app on their iPads. If they click on the app they will be taken to a landing page, headed up with interesting things to read, to watch and to listen to. From there they can press on links that take them to each academic subject where they will find resources to help with revision and to stretch and challenge. Minerva will be constantly updated over the next few weeks (and indeed for evermore!) so please do take the time to explore.
In addition to our wide range of internal online learning tools our students, of all ages, are also encouraged to access great resources and lessons on line; Schoolsnet, BBC Learning and Educational Quizzes which are a fun way of securing knowledge. In addition we use Accelium which helps teach effective thinking models, Mangahigh for further support in maths and for linguists Linguascope.