Virgin Media Business has selected its Digital Youth Council, which is made up of eight students who aim to change the way technology is being used in the classroom.
The council will take part in debates with the Department of Education and other influencers to express how technology can shape young peoples’ futures. The initiative has been created as part of a nationwide review named Generation Tech, which is aimed at investigating the role technology is playing in education.
In May 2014, Virgin founder Richard Branson (pictured) urged 20,000 young people across the UK to share how technology is helping to shape their futures, as part of the review.
The firm called for submissions from pupils and teachers to answer how schools are embracing the 21st-century classroom today and how it can continue to enhance learning tomorrow – a conundrum dubbed by Virgin as the Big Digital Question.
Nominations for the Digital Youth Council and submissions for the Big Digital Question were hosted at www.generationtechvmb.co.uk. The panel of eight students (listed in full below) are aged from nine to 17.
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According to Branson, technology needs to be embraced at every stage and made a force for empowerment as young people are educated.
“As children, we didn’t have to tackle the digitised world, but we also didn’t have the opportunities that it brings to today’s younger generation,” he said.
Virgin Media Business executive sales director Mario Di Mascio said the UK has a competitive digital advantage that is driven by knowledgeable and passionate businesses and individuals.
“Our children are essential in maintaining and growing this advantage, so it’s time that we stopped to listen and learn from them," he said.
“It’s fantastic to see the huge enthusiasm and talent that exists in UK classrooms for all things tech-related and the Digital Youth Council is an opportunity to build on this. We can’t wait to hold our first meeting and hear what they have to say.”
Earlier in 2014, Virgin Media Business was part of a digital services package called Trustnet, which was offered through the London Grid for Learning Trust. Powered by Virgin Media Business, the package aimed to simplify schools access to the latest technology.
Pupils chosen for the Digital Youth Council
|Kieran Green||9||Weelsby Academy, Lincolnshire|
|George Seymour||13||Saltash.net Community School, Cornwall|
|Amy Donovan||13||Saltash.net Community School, Cornwall|
|James Enright||13||Ellowes Hall Sports College, West Midlands|
|Kaashif Hymabaccus||17||Trinity School, London|
|Isobel Morris||13||Eggar’s School, Hampshire|
|Kieran Lowe||13||St Anselm’s College, Merseyside|
|Maxwell Rottier||15||Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College, Cheshire|