Getting to grips with information technology

Dorset Echo: Pupils with headteacher Micael Lobo at the show Pupils with headteacher Micael Lobo at the show

PUPILS from a Weymouth school showed off a new way of learning at a major technology show.

A group of eight children from Years Five and Six at St Augustine’s Primary School had an enjoyable day out at the British Education Technology and Training (BETT) Show at ExCeL in London. The event showcases the use of information technology in education.

St Augustine’s pupils, who travelled to London with headteacher Michael Lobo and ICT coordinator Andy Tuson, told interested onlookers of their use of eSchools messaging and blogging.

The resource, which St Augustine’s has used since January 2013, offers schools a learning platform, communications tools, school website and useful features for office staff and governors in one system. It enables schools to reduce the amount of suppliers they use and make more efficient use of time whilst also saving money.

At St Augustine’s, pupils are provided with their own online space enabling them to communicate with each other and with their teachers in a safe environment.

Schoolwork can be saved on there so it can be accessed at home. School spokesman Gary Ayles said: “The children supported Mr Lobo’s talk on the eSchools stand, following which they were asked to speak on the BETT Fujitsu radio station and were also videoed.

“They then had a look around the stands, tried the educational software and picked up some sweets on the way.

“All the stands welcomed a group of well-behaved children, especially the stand of the education department of the United Arab Emirates.”

Among the pupils who went was Antonia Evans who said: “At the BETT show we went to Education City and I thought that was the best stand.

“The lady who was doing the presentation let us play the games.”

Harry Cook said: “A TV crew came to our stand and we had to stand in a sort of shallow semi-circle and say our favourite thing about schools.”

Llewan Matthews said: “In the end I thought the Windows tablet was the best.”

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