THE SCHOOLS’ HOPSPOTS METHODS
We know that it varies how the different schools and institutions implement Hopspots into the everyday school life and thereby include digital technology and movement in the teaching. Even though we offer start-up help and feedback it is great to see that the schools themselves do such a good job at finding a rhythm that suits them and their children.
Here we made an excerpt of the different Hopspots-methods used at some of the schools that are currently using Hopspots to create active learning. Seeing it, may inspire others to get started using Hopspots.
At Uglegårdskolen in Solrød Hopspots resides in the Centre for Learning. Britt is the IT-advisor and manager of Hopspots as well as the person that gets the other teachers started with using the games. Once a week the interested teachers can book a Hopspots lesson for their pupils. In that way the teachers get experience with how to use Hopspots in their teaching. Uglegårdskolen looks forward to getting a second set of Hopspots, which will allow more teachers to use it with their pupils, and the school will make themed presentations for the teachers to introduce them to Hopspots.
At the special school Stensagerskolen in Viby they have started using Hopspots in a more experimental way. Randi, who is responsible for Hopspots at the school, has gotten familiar with the games together with her pupils. In order to introduce the rest of the teachers to Hopspots Randi will gather an interest group and facilitate mini courses in how the games can be used in the teaching.
Ådalskolen in Ringsted found its own way of incorporating Hopspots in the teaching, which lines up with their basic teaching principles. They discovered that the best way for their children to learn is by changing back and forth between 15 minutes of sedentary teaching and 15 minutes of Hopspots. In that way they combine teaching and movement, and maintain the pupils’ focus and motivation.
Dagmarskolen in Ringsted is also fully engaged in using Hopspots. They were part of the project from the very beginning and feel a sense of ownership towards the concept. They often use Hopspots, and the 24th of November this year the school participated in the technology festival in Ringsted, where they showed off Hopspots and played the games. TV ØST covered the festival and Hopspots got a bit of airtime. See the feature here: http://www.tveast.dk/nyheder/24-11-2016/1930/teknologifestival-i-ringsted.
At Dagmarskolen the Librarian, Lone, is the expert. She helps people get started with Hopspots and has among other things invited all classes from 1st to the 6th grade to try it. In that way most of the children and teachers are now familiar with Hopspots and can therefore easily use it in the teaching.
There are definitely many more ways of getting started with Hopspots. If you have any tips for us and others please share them in the comment box.