The generous ICT provision is integral to the teaching, learning and leisure time at Moreton. Currently, children from Reception upwards have Computing lessons in their curriculum and have ready access to computers, laptops, data-loggers and other hardware wherever they are in the school. The two ICT suites, the library and the boarding house computers are accessible through the working day, in the evenings and weekends and the study bedrooms of the older students have internet access points, and in addition in recent years, the school has invested in a fibre optic broadband connection and WiFi access points around the school to enable a seamless broadband experience. A recent development has seen the WiFi speed trebled to meet the demands of change.
Many of the students have their own laptops and other devices and receive support from our technicians. All students are encouraged to gain formal ICT qualifications, and Computer Science and Programming is available to anyone with an interest in a career in ICT and Computing. All students learn to program in Python and use Raspberry pi computers. All main teaching rooms are equipped with data projectors and interactive equipment and teaching staff integrate ICT as an added dimension to their lesson delivery and administration.
Additionally, there is an ongoing programme to increase the use of innovative technology in the classroom, utilising the most up to date equipment and techniques. This project is supported by experts in educational research to ensure effective enhancement of the learning experience, with exciting new phases planned.
The school has embraced the use of cloud facilities to allow for collaborative group work in and outside of the classroom, and for students to share their work with their teachers for feedback and improvement in real time. The addition of the VLE (virtual learning environment) for use by the whole school has equally enhanced students’ learning through their easy access to resources and supporting materials for their studies, at school and at home. Parents also have access to the VLE to allow a view into key resources, subject content, tasks, and enhancement opportunities.
A BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy has been in place for several years now, to allow students to use their own devices to enhance their learning experience. All of these developments are underpinned by a fast and secure wi-fi network, with students' e-safety at the heart of all ICT developments.
Students in Moreton First regularly use Chromebooks in their lessons and enjoy the benefits of cloud storage and collaborative work with their peers and teachers. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards or large screen televisions to support and enhance students' learning, and the use of tablets is integrated with this. Moreton First students also have the opportunity to work with a variety of devices designed to bring programming to life by adding a physical, rather than virtual, outcome.
Assemblies, drama productions and Spoken English presentations are enhanced by projected images and video and the Upper Four produce personalised storybooks for children in a local junior school. Some of the Sixth Form are involved with a local hospital, producing medical teaching resources from videos they have taken there and the Remove Art classes make their clay models come to life using animation software. The Art Department has a dedicated ICT area with the full Adobe CS Suite. Students have access to Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign both in the ICT area and on their laptops, by request. We encourage all the students to learn Photoshop skills with which to manipulate their drawings, and photography work. Photo-Stencil Screen Printing facilities work well with this equipment and particularly enhance the work of our older students. All our students, from Moreton First right up to the Sixth Form, have access to good quality digital cameras and are used to using Photography as a means by which to record and develop their ideas. Students are encouraged to use film as part of their Art, and we have editing software iMovie with which to support this. In the Music department at all key stages, students’ performances are regularly recorded and videoed either in the classroom or, for GCSE and A level performances, by a professional sound engineer. Sibelius 6 is used to present compositional ideas and at GCSE and A Level it is an integral part of the composition element and helps to present work in a professional way.
Students’ safe use of the internet for both school and personal use is essential, and the school has an effective and appropriate e-safety program to ensure they are aware of how to keep themselves safe online.
As the world of technology evolves, we are constantly investigating ways that will allow us to be at the forefront of the use of ICT in teaching and learning.
We are happy to announce that Moreton Hall has again been accredited as a Friendly WiFi site. This accreditation is a symbol that WiFi access is safe in school.