St Mungo’s High School is a Roman Catholic, six year, fully comprehensive secondary School located in Falkirk in Central Scotland. As a Catholic school the ethos of the school is firmly based on Gospel values with students drawn from a wide geographic and demographic area. In 2015 the school underpinned its new Learning and Teaching Policy with Digital Learning and from this point their journey has evolved. This involved investment in devices for each faculty and a comprehensive training programme for staff delivered by staff and student digital leaders. St Mungo’s has a lot to be proud of, particularly the excellent facilities they are able to offer students and the determination and dedication of the staff to ensure that every pupil reaches their full potential especially in the development of digital skills.
With an ultimate aim to develop the full potential of all their young people- St Mungo's set out to ensure that they were able to meet the challenges of our ever changing Digital world. With this in mind, Digital Learning is a key aspect of the school and faculty improvement plans. Their initial focus was on OneNote Class Notebook and adoption of this across the school and then progressed to other digital applications within the Office 365 suite.
St Mungo's has embedded OneNote within their everyday teaching with students working on OneNote and teachers marking and providing feedback. This involves a variety of ways of using OneNote to support learning and teaching from lesson Starter activities in the collaboration space to providing verbal feedback in individual student workspaces. They also use Sway for a variety of newsletters including their two main school newsletters for the year. As well as communicating and supporting students through conversations in Yammer and Teams, allowing them to keep in touch outside the classroom. Through Microsoft forms they are able to gather data from the school community and to create quizzes to check students' progress and to provide them with instant and personal feedback. In a collaborative working environment Teams and Office 365 applications allow them to seamlessly work together; teachers with teachers, teachers with students and students with students. In addition, they also use Teams to set assignments and to review student work and provide feedback to move students forward in their learning.
A proud Microsoft Showcase school; the only secondary school in Scotland. Hosting a launch event, they invited guests to see the use of digital tools in action in their school. Visitors had the opportunity to talk to both teachers and pupils about their use of technology in the classroom and see for themselves the practical examples of technology supporting learning and teaching. Following this was a Digital TeachMeet attended by 70 teachers from across Scotland who listened to colleagues demonstrate their use of Office 365 applications in their classrooms. It is evident that St Mungo's is a school that uses digital tools intelligently to support both teachers and students and they are dedicated to continually improving their use of digital applications and also support others at the beginning of their digital journeys.
Becoming a role model for digital transformation in Scotland, St Mungo's have trained teachers in their cluster primary schools and beyond in the use of Office 365 applications; inclusive of delivering coding lessons. They are passionate in spreading the word about Microsoft in Education and have spoken at several events about their own digital journey and welcome various visitors into their school to see teachers and students using Office 365. Most recently their ten Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts have joined forces with Microsoft staff to deliver Microsoft Roadshow events across Central Scotland including a Roadshow at St Mungo's on Monday 13th November.
"This experience has further aligned our vision of the use of Office 365 with that of Microsoft Education and resulted in several of our staff gaining enough training events to become Master Trainers; valuable experience to extend our training programme for staff and pupils later this school session." Jacqueline Campbell, MIEExpert.
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