As of September 2017, Newton Abbot College will be using a completely automated home learning system, ‘Show My Homework’, to allow students and parents more control over their home learning tasks.
The system, used by teachers to post digital homework tasks in a central accessible area, will allow students to view all their assigned tasks in one place, allowing more control over time management, independent learning and deadline organisation.
The online system will also allow parental access to students’ home learning tasks so that deadlines can be monitored and home learning can be shared at home. Students will be able to access their homework tasks both via a computer or the ‘Show My Homework’ mobile phone app.
The system’s introduction will see the end of ‘Extended Learning Tasks’, with more regular, subject specific tasks taking their place. Students will also be given a termly Knowledge Organiser containing key facts in subject specific areas that will be regularly tested during classroom lessons. These carefully selected facts will allow students to learn in advance of their lessons and engage in class with the building blocks to their knowledge already in place. This technique, usually started at GCSE level, has been implemented throughout all years from 7-11 so that subject specific knowledge is in place at the very beginning and throughout students’ College life.
Assistant Principal, Katherine West, is excited for the future of College home learning: “The new online system will allow students and parents greater control and flexibility over their home learning tasks. Implementation of new systems to help students learn more efficiently and effectively is something the College is passionate about; ultimately, this new system will go some way to help maximise our students’ outcomes and ensure that every possible opportunity to learn is increased.”
Implementation of new systems to help students learn more efficiently and effectively is something the College is passionate about; ultimately, this new system will go some way to help maximise our students’ outcomes and ensure that every possible opportunity to learn is increased.Katherine West, Assistant Principal