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Help introverted students have their voices heard

Tim McMullen - Deputy Principal, Our Lady of Assumption, Cheltenham

Our Lady of Assumption Primary School

Tim McMullen’s favourite feature in Stile is Class Discussion because it gives introverted students a voice.

Deputy Principal Tim McMullen attributes Stile’s success with teachers at Our Lady of the Assumption Primary School to its ease of use: “We rejected everything else because of Stile’s gentle learning curve. We didn’t want teachers wasting their time learning a system when they should be talking about pedagogy and curriculum.”

He started with four teachers who already had good IT skills and within two weeks they had taught each other how to get the most out of the platform. After that, they opened it up to a couple of other teachers and then released Stile to the whole school, all peer-taught.

It’s not just the teachers that are enthusiastic about it, though – the kids love it too. Even the prep grades use it without trouble. Students get instructions in Stile and either complete the task in the platform, another app or a physical workbook, then take a photo or record a video of the work and upload it to Stile for feedback. This results in rich learning portfolios that can be used at report time, all in one place and without email inbox overflow.

Tim’s favourite feature in Stile is Class Discussion because it gives introverted students a voice. It is a safe, non-intimidating space that allows them to contribute to the discussion in an authentic and transparent manner.