Today Priory school took part in a project called Kidsmeet. Ten pupils were chosen from each of five different schools to take part in the first south coast Kidsmeet, it was located on HMS Warrior.
Kidsmeet gives the opportunity for us pupils to express our views on the curriculum. It is a chance to share our ideas, and for kids to teach the teachers. We started off by brainstorming our ideas on paper and came up with a final idea of how we would like to change the curriculum.
We decided we would like to use technology to create a new curriculum with relevant time topics whilst using pupils that are knowledgeable in the topics (“student experts”) to link them. We feel that if we were learning about volcanoes in geography, other subjects should teach about it as well therefore linking them all together. Technology is also a big part to the curriculum and should be used in subjects across the school. This would meet Article 17 of the Unicef Rights of the Child which states we have the right to access information from the mass media.
At Kidsmeet, we questioned other schools about their use of technology in their school. 100% of pupils we interviewed only had the use of technology in IT classes, and the phone policy banned the use of mobiles. At Priory we are more unique and we encourage the use of technology by having a phone policy that allows use of our own devices. We feel it is a good use of access to research and contact with others. We also feel other schools should have this opportunity and we shared our views at Kidsmeet.
This is a summary of the kidsmeet project today.
At Kidsmeet students got to be the teacher, and help create new learning activities. We discussed the changes with the new curriculum for Geography. Michael Gove , the head of education has not heard the point of view of the pupils, the people who are actually learning. And this seems strange to us. From his own point of view and his colleagues they think that children should learn the old fashion way of remembering facts off by heart but pupils beg to differ and would love to have a new curriculum, a unique brand new curriculum. We believe we need a more innovative and interactive style, as that will bring the kinds of skills we will need in our future.
According to Article 13 of the UNICEF rights of the child, children are aloud to say their point of view so at kidsmeet a group of children got to have their say of what they would like to learn. For myself, in conclusion in geography, pupils can get to learn about more countries and their cultures, expand their global awareness of Africa, south and east Asia and Russia, and much more. And we think our experiences can be improved through using the help and aid of technology.
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Most of us have one in our pocket, and some people say they rule our lives. I am of course talking about mobile devices. But, should children be allowed to use them in schools? We went to find out.
“You could use them if there weren’t enough computers left in the class” says Emily from Priory School. “It would help us investigate.”
According to The Guardian, the Union Chief has said “Pupils should reap the benefits of technology and not be punished for using it” – surely this means we should be encouraged to use mobile devices safely? That’s what the Unicef rights of the child say too.
Although we know there can be problems sometimes, it’s said that “They have lots of access to information so they would be really useful in class” says Miss Lowry. And it’s not often you see someone in school using their phone wrongly. Not as often as seeing someone doodle or throw paper anyway!
Priory school in Portsmouth has a mobile policy which allows students to use their phones at break times and, if the teacher allows it, during lessons. We asked about this, Ms Debens said “Using mobile devices can be a great tool to help students engage with learning, provided that the learning outcomes are clear. Technology is just another tool to use in teaching, and comes hand-in-hand with potential issues – but that’s the teachers’ job to manage. At Priory, we’ve found only 1.4% of all negative behaviour is to do with mobile devices since Mr Rogers introduced the policy to allow them in school.”
Many teachers across the country are for having mobile devices in schools yet some people are still scared, but you never know, in the future phones could be a very common sight in schools across the UK.
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