Natalie Woodward is currently a Y6 teacher at an outstanding school in Barnsley called Worsbrough Common Primary. She has a passion for ICT and has a keen interest in how 1:1 devices can make a positive impact on children’s progress and productivity. Her class blog made it into the top 10 finalists for the UK Blog Awards 2015. She believes that iPads have maximized children’s productivity in her classroom, and would like to share some of her experiences.
This question is still the subject of many debates, and was at the forefront of my mind when receiving 1:1 devices at the start of my journey with my first Y6 class! After my NQT year, which began in September 2013, I was asked to move into Y6, a daunting thought at the time. Not only that, but a set of brand new 1:1 devices were wheeled into my classroom for the children to use. At first I didn’t know where to start, as there were so many different things the children would be able to do with them. The question that really struck me was ‘what real impact would they have on the children’s progress?’