Online knowledge quiz with ICT learning prizes held by Becta
An online interactive competition lauched by Becta and the National Education Network (NEN) saw 380 primary schools and 7,200 pupils up and down the country competing simultaneously in the battle for the title of ‘Britain´s Brainiest School’. Bilton Junior School in Rugby was crowned the first ever Next Generation Learning National Schools Quiz winner, whilst Ben Stoley of Stoke Park Junior School in Southampton took ‘Best Individual’.
The government’s agency for technology in education, Becta, aims 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.
The National Schools Quiz was an exclusively online event, covering curriculum areas such as history, science, citizenship, numeracy and literacy. Questions were provided by a series of high profile national partners, who include the Historic Royal Palaces, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Birdseye and the relevant subject associations.
“We were delighted to see so many schools from across the country taking part in the first ever online National Schools Quiz and embracing the potential that technology offers. Becta believes that integrating technology across the entire curriculum is essential to making lessons and learning more enjoyable and rewarding. This quiz is a great example of how technology can be used to help inspire and excite learners up and down the UK,” commented Stephen Crowne, Chief Executive of Becta.
A simple way for schools to publicly show its commitment and progress towards the use of technology in teaching and learning is by using Becta’s Next Generation Learning Charter. Launched in January 2009, the Charter process leads and supports schools on a four-stage journey towards excellence in ICT usage, showing that the whole school has been transformed by their use of ICT in education.
For more details about Becta’s Next Generation Learning campaign and charter visit www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk/nsq
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