The digital strategy is an Ark schools’ network wide initiative to support children with accessing ongoing learning in and away from school. This is achieved through the loan of a device throughout their time at Ark Charter Academy.
This device is used for school learning and not entertainment, it is simply a device specifically provided for learning at home. As well as being used for practice and skills development, it will enable learning to continue in the event of further disruption for whatever reason.
With the school owned Chromebook, children will be able to work effectively at home providing more time for learning through a range of activities. The Chromebook will come with all of the apps and software that the child needs to support the learning for no additional charge. It is important to remember that the Chromebook is an additional educational tool and not a replacement for traditional teaching and learning methods. It is therefore still important that children attend school every day to participate fully in all their lessons.
In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, integrating a comprehensive digital strategy into secondary education is imperative for equipping students with the skills, knowledge, and adaptability required for success in the 21st century. The digital strategy aims to prepare students in the following ways:
- Preparation for the digital age
- Enhanced learning experiences
- Real-world relevance
- Global connectivity
- Customised learning paths
- Preparation for higher education
- Digital citizenship and safety
- Student agency
- Parental involvement
- Future proofing education.
To help our pupil make the most of digital learning, the Ark Network provides a range of resources through SPArk – a place where students can find work relevant to their year group and each subject.
This includes signposting to third party apps such as the Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize, so that pupils have quick access to useful learning resources. Other software that we highly recommend as a resource for additional independent learning includes Hegarty Maths and Seneca.