Adelaide Primary School took advantage of a trial of I Am Learning a few weeks ago and on the back of some very positive feedback from the pupils and the use the product got out of school hours, signed up for a year.
It’s been in place since half term and the school is still to arrange it’s training session from I Am learning (the idea is to train 3-4 staff to become the in-house champions), so in the meantime, I’ve been setting homework and keeping an eye on pupils’ activity with the software.
My initial impressions are very positive, matched by the pupils too. I’ve set the occasional piece of homework and the take up has been pretty good, especially as Y6 already have a programme set up. At the moment, it’s all voluntary, which makes responses even more pleasing when it’s completed.
Apart from the homework that I set, pupils are free to complete exrecises from a range of subjects across the curriculum. As they progress, they’re rewarded with credits which they can spend to unlock games or purchase accessories for their avatar.
I Am Learning keeps a very impressive record of pupil activity from whole-school useage figures down to individual question level for each pupil.
I’ve dug round the various reports trying to think of something I’d like to find out and so far even my more obscure queries have been answered by the system.
At the moment, the homework has been set for each class/year group from the huge bank of questions I Am Learning has in its databse, but it is possible to consruct your own sets of questions and allocate these out to years, classes, small groups or even individual pupils. And the beauty is, it’s all self-marking. Phew! There are even past SAT papers to call upon.
One surprise some pupils had was when they looked at their own results and some were quite low. It turned out that the reason was they began a test but didn’t finish it, so as far as IAL is concerned, it was a 4/20 job and it duly reported this. Once explained to the pupils.. or explained again, to be precise, some opted to retake the test and improve their average score.
As expected, some pupils can’t, or choose not to, access from home, but at the time of writing, 80% of total use use is outside school hours.
The next stpes are to arrange the onnine training session and create a survey for the pupils to complete (built into IAL) to gauge enjoyment and see if the puils not only enjoy it, but really think it’s helping them learn. Conversations and IAL messages suggest it is doing both.
It’s still early days in the IAL stakes and certainly too early to confirm any educational gains, but if asked the question ‘Is it providing motivation, engagement and value? then the answer is yes to all 3.
Please feel free to contct me if you’d like to know more and if you’d like a free trial of I Am learning, then follow this link to request one.