Becta holds National Schools Quiz to promote ICT usage in education
The Next Generation Learning National Schools Quiz was aimed at Key Stage 2 and open to pupils all across the country, aged between eight and nine years old. The online competition took place at 11:00am on Friday 12th March. The winning pupil’s school was awarded with up to £3,000 worth of ICT equipment or training.
The government agency for technology in education launched the nationwide online schools quiz in collaboration with the National Education Network (NEN). Becta saw thousands of primary school children up and down the country compete simultaneously in this interactive online competition in the battle to become the ‘Brainiest school in Britain’.
Becta is aiming to promote and implement the productive and innovative use of technology throughout the teaching and learning process. The Next Generation Learning campaign encourages the move towards the innovative use of media and communication technologies in order to create a more exciting, rewarding and successful experience for learners of all ages and abilities.
“Becta believes that integrating technology across the entire curriculum is essential for making lessons and learning more enjoyable, and rewarding.” commented Stephen Crowne, Chief Executive of Becta.
The innovative use of Learning Platforms is something Becta promotes, as they provide ideal opportunities for extending learning both in and out of school. Students, parents, carers and school staff can access resources, online storage and tools for communication. While pupils can access learning material outside the classroom, submit homework and assignments for marking and assessment and also take part in live discussions with other pupils and teachers.
In January 2009, Becta launched the Next Generation Learning Charter which is intended for schools to publicly show their commitment and progress towards the use of technology within the teaching and learning process. The Charter process leads and supports schools on a four-stage journey towards excellence in ICT usage, showing the whole school has been transformed by their use of ICT in education.
For more information regarding Becta’s Next Generation Learning Charter visit www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk/nsq
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