Technology trip brings teachers’ ideas to life

Karl Moon and Ashley Whittle test out a television studio at the TECC Fair, and (below), ICT Technician Ashley Whittle tests out a tablet.
Karl Moon and Ashley Whittle test out a television studio at the TECC Fair, and (below), ICT Technician Ashley Whittle tests out a tablet.
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TEACHERS have seen the future of learning at a national technology fair.

The team from Unity College, Blackpool, visited the Bett Show in London to learn about the latest technology in education.

ICT Technician Ashley Whittle tests out a tablet to inspire technology use at Unity College, Blackpool.

ICT Technician Ashley Whittle tests out a tablet to inspire technology use at Unity College, Blackpool.

Ashley Whittle and Karl Moon have now gone back to the Warbreck Hill Road school with a wealth of ideas to share with colleagues in the hope of bringing learning to life for pupils in the primary and secondary schools.

Mr Whittle, the school’s Network Manager, said it was great to see how technology, from tablets to television studios, could inspire lessons.

He said: “As a school we’re trying to push interactive learning and trying to make teaching areas more inclusive for children.

“It was good to see the software available and see ideas in use by other schools.

“We came away with a few ideas, how to get the best out of our equipment for the children and improve the quality of lessons.”

Teachers at Unity College already use iPads in the classroom, from simple applications for maths and English or SEN provision to having children do their own presentations and work using them. The Bett Show, one of the biggest new technologies exhibitions in the country, allowed the teachers to learn about technology for younger children too, including talking walls and voice dices.

Mr Moon, an English and 
Media teacher, was most impressed with a virtual learning studio, which enables students to develop their communication skills through the use of film.

The pair said they were also inspired after attending a talk by Professor Brian Cox, famed for his work making science more accessible on BBC’s Wonders Of The Universe.

Mr Whittle said it was great to hear the Manchester University lecturer talk enthusiastically about being a teacher and inspiring others to teach in order for students to be able to apply knowledge, rather than just pass exams.

He said: “We were really impressed. The show was a valuable chance to see the new era of education, one that we’re ready to embrace.”

Now the pair are hoping to hear back from the many competitions they entered for the school in the hope of winning a range of products, such as tablets and computers, for their pupils.

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