For those teaching psychology this term, there has been a
significant uptake in students wishing to study the subject. For a long time
psychology has been popular at A level and university foundation level, but now
with the inclusion of the subject within the two year and one year GCSE
programme, the subject looks well placed to carry on growing in the school.
To meet with the increased demand, Brooke House College
has established a digital library within the faculty, making use of many
‘online’ resources and maximising the use of IT within the school. Smart
phones, and tablets in particular have been supplied with appropriate ‘Apps’ to
read QR codes and a regular looking set of books and topics in poster form can
be accessed and then scanned for the pupils to then download the relevant text,
article or book.
With a ‘comfy’ sofa in the corner of the faculty and easy
internet access through the college’s extensive campus-wide wi-fi system, the
whole process could not be simpler.
The Principal, expressing his gratitude to the psychology
staff for setting the digital library up, went on to add that this is just
another example of Brooke House College embracing technology to enhance its
teaching and learning. Already this year we have seen a doubling of the new
interactive touchscreens and related facilities for pupils to access lesson
notes and homework, in addition to the whole of the science faculty networking
each class room and laboratory by installing ‘Alexas’.
This networking of the science facilities followed on
from the college featuring in the national press last year for the innovative
use of Alexas within the teaching of English as an additional language. “As a
town school with multiple sites, linking facilities across several streets is
not realistic, but with Alexa and the internet, it is perfectly possible”
stated the Principal. “We will be looking to utilise this technology across
other faculties and in other areas of the school, such as administration
as well, once we have evaluated the success of this project in the science
Both initiatives of the digital library and Alexa
demonstrate the college’s determination to offer the best use of IT and
technology in general across the board for its pupils.