A Lancashire primary school is celebrating after winning a state-of-the-art education technology package.Advertisement
All Saints Hesketh with Becconsall Primary School won the package after entering a nationwide competition.
The technology package, called Promethean ActivPanel, is an advanced interactive display for front of classrooms, valued at approximately £3000.
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Connecting with other devices in the classroom such as laptops and tablets, it enables students to complete tasks from the screen on a handheld device, or at the front of the classroom using the touchscreen functionality.
The Promethean Grant was a UK-wide initiative with schools submitting creative entries as to why they should receive the ActivPanel.
All Saints Hesketh with Becconsall Primary was chosen as one of 30 winners from over 250 entries in total following their submission.
With the competition taking place during the last school year, the winners’ new ActivPanels were installed in time for start of the 2017/18 academic year.
Staff have received training as part of the winning package.
Mr Rory Dixon, Year 3 Teacher and Computing Lead at All Saints Hesketh with Becconsall, said: “As soon as I told the children about the competition they came up with so many ideas and were very enthusiastic.
“In our class we’re really passionate about using technology for learning, so when I broke the news we had won, the children were in complete disbelief, we were thrilled, we even had a party.
“From a teaching and learning perspective the ActivPanel is an asset to the classroom.
“The connectivity of the panel means it can be used to mirror and interact with all class devices, it’s really useful as a teacher to be able to get such instant lesson feedback from the whole class.”
Since winning the grant, the school has implemented the ActivPanel in every class.
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Alistair Hayward, Promethean’s Head of UKI and ANZ markets, said: “The standard of the entries was higher than we ever could have imagined and some tough decisions had to be made when choosing winners.
“We are really pleased that we can ease the financial pressure of 30 schools from across the country and provide next-generation technology for staff and students.
“We firmly believe finances shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing technology which can enhance the teaching and learning experience and that is why we chose to launch the Promethean Grant.”
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