Great to spend a day with the children, staff of Barry Island Primary School, South Wales, and visiting colleagues, looking at ways to engage and inspire literacy skills through analogue and digital means.
The morning was spent with 50 Year 1′s and Year 2′s, then a quick break and we had the same number of Year 5′s and Year 6′s, together with their teachers and the visitors.
At the end of the day, we really enjoyed ourselves having a full on creative session with the staff from Barry Island School. We used their iPods and iPads to generate, create, fashion, craft, explore, build, paint, chisel, splatter, and more! Fun!
It is always fun to see people laughing. To see them delighted by new experiences is joyous.
A huge THANK YOU to Headteacher Janet Hayward for inviting us today. Janet is herself an IT graduate, and well aware of the benefits technology can bring. Since arriving at the school in 2000, she has overseen a whirlwind ascent into the 21st century, with interactive white boards, iPads and eight computers in every classroom.
“We don’t want old stuff and we want to lift the ceiling in terms of what we can offer children. They are very creative in presenting their ideas and are used to putting together films and podcasts. Technology is a real vehicle to engage children in learning – and it’s the world that we live in. We are committed to using technology to ensure our pupils progress and achieve their full potential.”
Barry Island Primary is proactive in testing new equipment and is one of a small number of “regional training centres” for Apple.
Further Thank You’s to Deputy Headteacher Ty Golding for all his technical support, and to Lindsey Lewis, the school’s Literacy Co-ordinator, for her energy and incredible organisational skills.
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