Stonehenge School has integrated Boxlight Mimio’s award-winning classroom technology across its new campus in Amesbury, Wiltshire to enhance students’ learning experience and future-proof its education provision ahead of continued expansion.
A new extension containing 23 new classrooms and office space for teachers and support staff was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal in July 2019.
The school has installed MimioDisplay interactive panels in classrooms and offices, as well as the powerful MimioStudio education software which allows teachers to create interactive and imaginative lessons while performing real-time assessment.
Prior to the expansion project, teachers and staff had been relying on a mishmash of ageing technology which was fast becoming unfit for purpose. Aware of the impact this was having on learning, the leadership team decided to integrate a transformational solution that would refresh the student experience, improving engagement and reflecting the reality of technology at home and in the workplace.
Assistant Head Teacher, Tracy Roberts was responsible for overseeing IT infrastructure at the new building. “We wanted our technology to feel like CSI: immersive screens that you can touch, share content across and utilise to inspire students. This was an opportunity for us to push the boundaries, to develop our teaching beyond books and paper; to reinvigorate our curriculum and get the students excited about learning.”
The 4K UHD MimioDisplay was integrated in place of traditional interactive whiteboards; brining brilliant learning and collaboration that’s clear from the front row to the last. The vibrant touch display allows teachers to deliver great instruction and have multiple students work together simultaneously, enabling the class to share, create and capture their work.
With a wealth of teaching resources already created on various education platforms, it was important that teachers didn’t lose access to thousands of lesson plans and activities, and that they could pick-up where they left off without having to worry about starting over from scratch.
“Our teachers have spent a long time building a bank of resources and being able to transfer them straight over to MimioStudio without any need for adaptation was really important” says Tracy.
The award-winning MimioStudio classroom software allows educators to create interactive lessons and collaborative team activities, while performing real-time formative assessment. The software also directly opens third-party content, meaning Stonehenge staff could hit the ground running.
To ensure a swift and seamless transition, the Boxlight Mimio team arranged training sessions, ensuring teachers could get to work quickly, demonstrating how to best utilise the technology to deliver inspiring lessons in their subject areas.
“The support from Boxlight Mimio has been amazing. They’ve joined us several times to help with training and no request seems silly. For those of us who are new to IT, they’ve been extremely supportive, and our staff can now go forward knowing their ideas can come to life in the classroom.”
“I’m surprised at how flawlessly we’ve moved into our new classrooms” says Tracy, “It’s been a real dream”. “The class is engaged and our staff have felt reassured every step of the way.”
With more building work on the horizon, the decision to extend Boxlight Mimio technology across the rest of the campus has already been confirmed.
“I can’t see us going back” says Nigel Roper, Headteacher. “Integrating Boxlight Mimio was an easy decision, especially as we can see how well it has performed. It saves time, saves effort and most importantly improves outcomes for students. This technology is preparing them for life in the workplace, and it’s been a very positive step forward for us.”
“Boxlight Mimio has become an integral part of the teaching and learning experience at Stonehenge School, and a transformational journey for our community.”
To find out more about Stonehenge School’s digital transformation, visit: https://global.boxlight.com/stonehenge