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EDUCATION & SKILLS


Aberdeenshire school shares successes of remote learning


Videos are star performers in cast of lockdown resources


BY ALI HYND PRINCIPAL TEACHER FOR TECHNOLOGY, MINTLAW ACADEMY


Lockdown has taken schools, teachers and students through an array of challenges. However, despite these hurdles, teach- ers have been able to realise some lasting benefits of remote learning. As principal teacher for technology at Mintlaw Acad- emy, Aberdeenshire, I and my team are delighted to be able to share the positive outcomes that we have identified which have helped to optimise students’ learning throughout the pan- demic. All our staff have found video


resources to be particularly effective during lockdown. We have used the video learning resource platform ClickView over the past four years across all areas of the curriculum; it has also proven to be a perfect teach- ing resource during lockdown. All schools across Scotland can


now benefit from the power of video learning with the recorded educator lesson videos through WestOS, part of the National eLearning Offer (NeLO). Click- View was selected to host and stream the pre-recorded content and then agreed with the Na- tional eLearning Partnership to support all schools in Scotland by providing full access to Click- View until the Easter break. Te combination of ClickView


ClickView video libraries allow learners to search for subject and age-appropriate content


and WestOS videos has saved us so much time; and will continue to do so after we return to the classroom. We have seen vast benefits


particularly in the sciences; video-based learning content is ideally suited to the way today’s students prefer to absorb infor- mation. In most science lessons,


students are engaged in the classroom because of the hands- on learning activities; without them, we are limited to theory- based learning. As you can imagine, we started losing a lot of students’ interest.


FLIPPED LEARNING Recognising that our return to school after the first lockdown wasn’t going to be the end of


remote learning, our teach- ers made best use of the time in school with the practical equipment to hand, to record videos of lessons for a “flipped learning”approach. All the students now come to


the remote learning classes hav- ing already seen the video-based lesson and can ask questions and contribute to the follow-up re- mote learning activity, informed and engaged. Tis positive men- tal attitude is certainly benefiting many students and is something we’ll continue to offer.


LIBRARY OF LEARNING All the ClickView videos and its broadcast TV provision, as well the teacher generated videos, are stored as a library of learn- ing content with assessment questions built-in, all mapped to the curriculum. When pupils log into ClickView they can go straight to their curriculum area to find age-appropriate learn-


ing content. Tis is also going to be a highly valuable resource to narrow the attainment gap, and for those students who may have missed lessons or during revi- sion time. As each learning video is assigned interactive questions it has been easy for our teach- ers to look more analytically at students’ progress.


MENTAL HEALTH Te impact of the pandemic on students’ mental health is some- thing that we should be mindful of at all times. Clinical psycholo- gist and founder of Innovating Minds, Dr Asha Patel, worked in conjunction with ClickView on a range of wellbeing titles to help students to navigate what has been a difficult time. Remote learning has been a


tough journey but at Mintlaw we all feel that it has helped us to create an even more robust and inclusive learning environment for now and the future. l


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