National technology accolade for Swansea school
A SWANSEA primary school which uses iPods, iPads and Apple Macs to boost learning has become the only school in Wales to win a national technology accolade.
At Casllwchwr Primary teachers and children are using the latest computers and mobile technology so pupils can do everything from reading and writing e-books to posting blogs and films they've made.
And their efforts have seen the school gain a Highly Commended award in the Primary School category in the annual Naace Awards - the only school in Wales to do so.
Naace is a UK association of technology experts from the public and private sector which aims to promote education through the use of ICT.
Simon Pridham, head teacher at Casllwchwr, said: "I am absolutely delighted that our journey since 2010 when we turned to technology to better engage boys in particular in learning has been recognised at a national level once again.
"ICT has now enhanced our entire curriculum and the school is proud that it is better engaging all pupils in gaining essential basic skills including literacy and numeracy as well as equipping them with essential 21st Century ICT skills.
"The technology enables you to inspire and enthuse pupils and therefore you are able to deliver an innovative and exciting curriculum to all pupils, thus raising standards.
"We have seen huge benefits, in particular the impact on boys and their literacy outcomes has been extremely encouraging.
"We will continue to work in conjunction with Swansea Council's Education Team to ensure that our pupils reap the rewards of innovative and appropriate uses of ICT."
Pupils at Casllwchwr use their iPods, iPads and Apple Macs from a very early age. For example they learn about how to write letters of the alphabet by tracing and drawing them on with their fingers on touch screens.
Pupils also get to grips with fractions by doing sums on iPads and their reading corner consists of devices through which they can read e-books.
Youngsters are even getting fantastic learning opportunities from teachers via apps.
Cllr Mike Day, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "Well done to Casllwchwr for this award and for the innovative ways it is using ICT as a tool to engage all pupils in learning.
"The right technology employed in the right way can have a very positive impact on learning. That is why Swansea Council's e-learning team is working with schools to help them get the best out of new developments."
Naace UK is the professional association for those who are concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT).
The awards aim to celebrate ICT in schools and highlight good practice that can lead the way for others.
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