Lingfield College recognises that digital learning is a key concept that needs to be embraced by educators in today’s classrooms. Technology has tremendous potential to engage, excite and inspire young people. It has the ability to make learning more flexible and to cater for different learning styles and abilities.
Lingfield’s digital strategy has become an intrinsic part of teaching and learning. There are subjects where the technology is an essential part of the course, and in these areas (Media Studies, Computer Science, Music to name a few) our digital resources are outstanding. As Director of Digital Learning, Miss Suzanne Allen promotes transformational digital learning across all of the curriculum to support teachers, students and parents.
Staff and Students benefit from Lingfield's file share service, securelink, which allows connection to their personal and shared digital files from any device, anywhere, anytime. Sixth Form and SEND pupils can access virtual desktops through their own devices in school or from home.
Teachers use iPads in their subjects and connect to Apple TV to move beyond the static whiteboard. For example the Science Department makes great use of Data Loggers, whilst Maths use iPad stands to create live demonstrations of calculating equations. Using the school sets of iPads in the classroom, students make use of apps such as Plickers, Nearpod, Explain Everything, Quizlet and Book Creator for a different experience of learning, feedback and revising. These apps have been found to be particularly successful in History, English and PE lessons to name a few. Collaboration and creativity have proven to make deep and valuable learning experiences for our students, a way to ensure active rather than passive learning.
The school’s Virtual Learning Environment is Firefly. This is available on desktops or as an app and is used by teachers, students and parents. The site not only offers vital information such as sports fixtures and calendar dates, it is where homework is set, where assessment information is found, and vetted links from teachers are created. Essentially, the Firefly site delivers a personalized learning experience as students and parents can access their homework, extension material, exam preparation, and assessment support with great ease and communication between teachers, students and parents flow.
Suzanne has collaborated on use of iPads with experts such as Google educator Kate Cheal, and Caterham's Digital leader Adam Webster. Having attended conferences with guest speakers such as Eton's Dr Percy Harrison (Director of School Administration and IT) and Ian Livingstone, founder of Games Workshop, she is equipped to lead Lingfield in this area. She is excited by what the future holds for educational technology and is currently investigating the potential of virtual reality in the classroom.