Reinvigorating teaching and learning with the ActivPanel
Putaruru College is located in the Waikato Region of New Zealand’s North Island, and is home to around 410 year 7-13 students. The college is founded on values of community and confidence, and strives to instil a sense of involvement and excellence to staff and students alike.
Putaruru College staff felt that the Promethean ActivPanel would suit their needs as they were looking for a flexible hardware and software package that could support learning across the curriculum. Whilst Lanny appreciated that the ActivPanel would be a huge upgrade on the Chromebooks for collective video production work in his film lessons, he also recognised that other departments would also benefit from the technology. The PE department identified the potential to use the ActivPanel for video playback to see the students in action and help develop the sports teams. Crucially, Lanny saw the ActivPanel as a way to help teachers at the college upskill and push interactivity in teaching and learning across the college.
With Lanny leading the charge, the whole school got involved in creating a video entry to The Promethean Grant 2018. The effort put in by staff and students saw them win an ActivPanel, which they decided to place in the library so that everyone would have a chance to use it.
Putaruru College’s ActivPanel is being used every hour and Kim noted that the library is seeing a lot more footfall as a result, drawing children in during breaktimes to play education games. Whilst the staff were a little unsure at first, Kim pointed out that it was an intuitive experience for the students, saying: “The students definitely feel ownership over the ActivPanel and have taken to using it so quickly, instinctively knowing how best to use it and exploring apps and activities.”
Having students work together using the ActivPanel has helped Putaruru College uphold their values of involvement and confidence across the centre, and they are looking to work with other schools who have ActivPanels to share their experiences and seek inspiration to achieve even greater impact on teaching and learning with the technology.