AMP SCITT in partnership with MADCOS (Maghull and District Community of Schools) held a Computer Festival at Deyes High on Wednesday 14th December, involving Y5 & 6 students from 8 local Primary schools as well as Y7 students from Maghull & Deyes High and trainee teachers from the local AMP SCITT (Associated Merseyside Partnership of School Centred Initial Teacher Training).
A free event sponsored by Acer & Gaia, the students were exposed to some of the most innovative uses of technology in the classroom. Paul Smith-Keitley and Graham Bowman from ‘Tablet Academy’ provided the students with a range of opportunities to program robots and their own LEGO creations, collaborate in Minecraft, and independently develop their own online games.
AMP SCITT trainee Sandra Blower (currently training at Green Park Primary) commented that it was,
A great opportunity for the children to try out new tech. The atmosphere was electric, as children displayed fantastic team skills working collaboratively on various practical activities, as well as independently on other challenges.
This event also provided teaching staff with the opportunity to investigate a range of devices and solutions to delivering the new computing curriculum in the classroom. Trainee teacher Jesse Roberts, currently training at Hudson Primary, stated that, this was a,
Fantastic showcase for teachers to see what’s out there in the educational tech world.
The next MADCOS/ Tablet Academy event is to be a Robotics Festival hosted at Maghull High in the Spring, with the final LEGO Festival hosted Maricourt High in the Summer term.