AhaSlides Stories

How the Church of England
Helps Students Find Their Voices

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The Challenge

Jo Patton had a huge task – to futureproof the Church of England by encouraging and gathering young students’ opinions on how the church runs. He needed a way to get the best ideas from a range of students, alongside a tool that can motivate them to have fun and think freely, and keep them engaged in an e-learning envrionment. Yikes. Good luck, Jo!

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The Result

The students in Jo’s class submitted heaps of insightful ideas to his open questions. One class received 400 unique responses, with several from quieter students who otherwise may never have contributed. Students felt included in and connected with the conversation, all despite their hybrid learning environment and the distractions around them. 

What is the CoE?

The Church of England (CoE) is the state church in England and the original church of the Anglican Communion since the 16th century. Its liberal ideas are very much woven into the fabric of the state, with over 4,600 official CoE schools across the country.

Today’s hero, Jo Patton, works for the Archbishops’ Young Leaders Award, a program within the CoE that seeks to inspire young people to be the change in their communities. Jo and his team do this through teaching schoolchildren virtually from their homes and offices in York, UK.

The Challenges

Despite his profound task, Jo’s first challenge is pronouncing the name of the software right – “is it Aha-Slides or A-haSlides?”

After that, his real challenge was a familiar one to so many teachers  – how to keep students engaged online when it’s so easy for them to tune out. How can you inspire kids to lead when they’re not inspired to listen?

As per the 3 pillars of the Archbishops’ Young Leaders Award, each student needed not only to listen, but to learn to express leadership, faith and character.

AhaSlides for me was a big win. Without a doubt it gives a voice to my students to speak and feel valued.

My students love AhaSlides because they can have a say on the content. As a teacher, the most valuable thing you can do is flip the content and ask 'what do you think?' At this point, they come alive.

Jo Patton

Remote Teacher for Church of England

The Results

Jo’s students really took advantage of their lessons through AhaSlides. They were so enthusiastic about replying that Jo had to lock submissions after his word cloud reached an enormous 2000 responses!

Why CoE 💗 AhaSlides

Polls to test students without competition
Open-ended questions for gathering ideas
Reports of all responses left by students
Anonymity that helps quieter students take part

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