How Our Schools Use Unio
Ms. Christina Bury Director of Learning, Felsted Preparatory School
Felsted School in North Essex have successfully implemented easy-to-use platform, Unio By Harness®, to support a highly personalised and collaborative visual learning experience by way of shared online screens. Felsted’s Director of Learning, Mrs Christina Bury, explains that Unio’s interactive features create a “buzz and excitement about learning” arising from the connectedness between student and teacher.
“Interactivity and feedback are both really important” says Bury “Children nowadays can find the answer to anything on the internet. They’re used to immediate answers and immediate feedback”
Using Unio shared screens, a teacher can respond to learning in real time, providing targeted and student-centred feedback to move every learner forward. Felsted students annotate lessons on their own devices, enjoying instant feedback through automarked quizzes and rich, multimedia learning experiences. Keen to encourage high-level, self-directed learning, Bury has also found useful to ‘de-sync’ lessons for students to work at their own pace.
“Unio supports a 21st century, flexible learning environment” explains Bury “It’s a dynamic way of teaching, allowing a teacher to shift the level of control to the students and back to the teacher, as required”.
Unio will be rolled out across all departments at Felsted School from September.
Royal Kent School
At The Royal Kent School in Surrey, students enjoy dynamic, visual learning experiences using shared, interactive screens brought by Unio By Harness. Designed with teachers to support excellence in modern pedagogy, Unio promotes a powerfully learner-centred style of instruction.
“Class collaboration is very important to us at The Royal Kent School” says teacher and computing co-ordinator, Mr Joe Blaney “The interactive screens were pivotal in our choice of Unio and now I can monitor the progress of 30 students at once in a live lesson.”
Blaney explains that timely feedback is “critical at key stage two” and that he has developed a learning culture whereby children can evaluate their progress through self, peer and teacher assessment strategies. Using Unio feedback tools, which include interactive, automarked quizzes, Blaney’s learners enjoy instant information about their learning against the lesson objectives.
Blaney explains that Unio is an excellent way to breathe life into traditionally ‘dry’ topics of learning, such as spelling and grammar.
“A successful learning environment is one where students are challenged and inquisitive about their learning” he says “Technological integration helps engage and enhance a child’s educational experience.”
Mr Joe Blaney
Teacher & Computing Coordinator, Royal Kent School