Pupils from Sea View Community School demonstrated their iPad and ICT skills at the recent Swansea ICT Coordinators’ Day Event held at the Richard Ley Development Centre (RLDC). Everyone who attended the event was impressed by the pupils’ knowledge and confidence as they moved from table to table proving just how ‘TechieTastic’ they are!
The deputy headteacher of Sea View, Craig Williams, gave a presentation on how the LIFE Programme had made a profound impact on both the pupils and the local community.
Following the event, members of the ICT Curriculum Team visited the school and presented the Digital Leaders with certificates and congratulated them on performing so expertly!
Other presentations made at the event included Matthew Knott providing an update to developments on the Swansea Learning Portal as well as a road map of features planned for inclusion in the near future.
One major announcement was the provision of j2e and JIT directly from every school’s Teacher and Staff Portal page. Once a teacher has logged into the portal, they are automatically logged into their own j2e and JIT area. During the afternoon, Danny Young from j2e gave an overview of the benefits of using both online facilities with desktop and laptop computers as well as the Apple iPad.
Stephen Jones presented the Estyn report on the Impact of ICT on Pupils’ Learning in Primary Schools and the response and recommendations from the Welsh Government. Also covered were the ICT Steering Group’s Report to the Welsh Government on the recommendation to replace ICT with a new subject called Computing. Stephen finished the presentation with an update on the rollout of Hwb+ to Swansea schools.
Deborah Cooze and Claudia Hurlin provided an overview of the The Children and Young People’s University Cymru (CU), a national accreditation scheme for young people aged 5 – 19. The CU awards credits to children and young people who attend out of school hours learning activities which have been registered with CU. Children and young people attend activities entirely from choice and the activity organiser sends in the registers. The attendances from the registers are then turned into credits. One hour = one credit.
After the lunch break, Jane Altham-Watkins and Peter Thomas gave a presentation on the recent developments for the all-Wales VLE, Hwb+. Highlighted was the provision of Microsoft Office365 which will offer the most common Office tools to every teacher and student both at school and at home. School staff are being trained on the use of Hwb+ in tranches as each school is provisioned from their MIS data, ensuring that pupils, classes and year groups are set up correctly prior to use. It is envisioned that every school in Wales will have access to their own Hwb+ VLE by May 2014.