Schemes promote IT use in schools

Two new initiatives are aiming to boost awareness of the benefits of IT in schools.

Two new initiatives are aiming to boost awareness of the benefits of  IT in schools.

The first, launched by the Parliamentary IT Committee (Pitcom) and E-Skills UK, seeks to find the best use of technology by primary schools. Called “Made IT Happen”, it is a competition for primary school children who are using ­technology to help their school or local community.

“This initiative has made a flying start, with 24 schools registering in the first two weeks.” said Pitcom chairman Andrew Miller. “Entries close on 13 July and will be judged over the summer holidays.”

The speaker of the House of Commons will present the awards in October. Winners will get cash prizes and tea in the Commons. 

The other initiative, run by exam body AQA and the National Computing Centre, is giving teachers access to its databases of case studies and best practice advice.

NCC chief executive Michael Gough said that more than 200 schools had participated since the scheme’s launch in January.

“Students need database projects,” he said. “Now teachers can relate their projects to the real world applications.”

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