Senior Digital Learning
Duke of Kent School offers all pupils exciting opportunities in the area of digital learning. We ensure that pupils have the best possible access to current technology in the classroom and for independent learning.
We currently use a range of devices based on the needs of the students. Years 9, 10 and 11 have access to Chromebooks to compliment their GCSE learning. Further down the Senior School, Years 7 and 8 have iPads to enable creative learning in and outside the classroom. The Pre-prep and Prep School have access to iPads and these are used for a range of learning opportunities including recording their Endeavour Award evidence. We also have a designated Computer Science classroom equipped with hi spec laptops that support the coders of the future.
Students and staff use Google Workspace for Education for their online work and this helps develop online skills for future learning and a life of work. The collaborative opportunities of using Google Workspace for Education are fully utilised as students learn to work online in both groups and independently. We have a rich digital extracurricular programme to support the curriculum that includes programming, coding and advanced computer skills.
As we develop our pupils' use of technology, we are careful to balance this with face-to-face interactions and personal communication. When iPads and Chromebooks are present in lessons they remain face down on the desk until teachers call for their use. Students are encouraged to leave their devices in lockers at break and lunches to enable face-to-face interactions in the real world and to get outside and explore!
Pupils are taught about responsible care of their iPads and in the vital areas of e-safety and digital citizenship, so that they know how to protect themselves, and behave responsibly with their use of the internet and mobile devices. Senior pupils play a leading role on the whole school e-safety Committee.
Drop-in sessions are available to parents to explain how iPads and Chromebooks are used in teaching and learning. We encourage parents to take an active role in their children's digital lives and we hold termly training sessions for parents on e-safety and responsible use of digital technology.
Mr T Southee
Head of Digital Strategy