The Technology In Learning Award 2015/16 

 
THIS YEARS WINNERS ARE:  
 
‘Ready to go to Rio’ 
Trafalgar Infants School, Richmond 
Nominated by: Jane Burton 
 
After a relaxing train journey to London, I carefully navigated my way though the London Underground. Loaded with the presentation pop ups, books for the winning school, and the all important certificate & award, I arrived in Twickenham. 
 
The sun was shining and the temperature rising, it would seem only fitting that the title of the wining Project was ‘Ready to go to Rio’ and it really did feel like I was stepping into Brazil. 
 
I was greeted by the Head Teacher, Lynne Thompson. She showed me to the assembly hall where I met Jane Burton, who had entered the project for the award. Jane was setting up the learning platform on the ‘Smart Board’. 
 
I wasn’t the only special visitor to the school that day. Simon Bradley, Chair of the School Governors, welcomed me to the school. Peter Cowley & Deesh Grewall from the Local Authority ‘Achieving for Children’ had also come along to see the school’s achievements rewarded. Tina Shin was also in attendance, representing Fronter. Tina had worked directly with the school & pupils to get the Rio Room up and running. 
 
After a welcoming cool drink, lunch time was over and the children started to make their way in to the hall, class by class. 
 
Mrs Thompson opened the assembly by welcoming all the children, teaching staff, and special visitors – who hadn’t gone unnoticed by the eagle eyed children! 
 
The School Choir gave a performance of their song ‘Rio’. It was then over to the 6 Digital Leaders to give accounts of their part in the Learning Platform ‘Rio Room’. Two of the leaders were absent due to a class trip so in true digital fashion they had pre-recorded their report. 
 
Using the ‘Smart Board’ we could see the Rio Room, along with a blog, what the children had worked on, and what they found most interesting. Their knowledge of the Olympics, Rio, and the use of the technology was amazing. I learned a thing or two! 
 
It was then over to me to present the Award to a very emotional Jane Burton, who had been instrumental in the Rio Room. The Digital Leaders also accepted the award and when asked how they felt about winning, they gave one word each: “Proud”, “Amazed”, “Happy”, “Fantastic”. 
 
It was clear by those four children this meant so much to them and the whole of the school and I am sure that they will continue to use the Rio Room. 
 
The Assembly closed with another rendition of ‘Rio’ to which we all joined in. 
 
Congratulations to Jane Burton, the Digital Leaders, and the pupils and staff for your hard work and making this an excellent project. 
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