Ysgol Y Moelwyn finds that smart networking can put students in the driving seat of their learning
Ysgol Y MoelwynElfyn Anwyl (left) with fellow digital leaders Eleri Moss and Gruff HumphreysElfyn Anwyl set his Year 9s at Ysgol Y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog, the brief for their fresh 100 Word Challenge and watched as they created new pages in Hwb+ for themselves and settled into the work. The only talk came as they answered each other's questions. 

Their ICT teacher was free to move to a nearby PC and review their creations in the blog facility of Hwb+, sometimes raising general points with them verbally, sparked by what he had seen, and reminding them to review and comment on at least three pieces of work once their own were complete and had been posted. 

Bassaleg School, in Newport, knows the importance of digital leadership for improving learning
Bassaleg digital leadersBassaleg digital leaders Sonny Singh and Lana PictonBringing transformational curriculum change and a beta (pilot) element of Wales' digital education network, Hwb, to a school with 1,750 pupils, 100 teachers and 50 support staff is a major challenge. 

It doesn't have to be a military-style operation however. There are organic options. And that's why Bassaleg School, in Newport, south east Wales, put in place a network of teacher PLCs (professional learning communities) and digital leaders to tie in with learner groups to change the teaching and learning and support the introduction of Hwb+, the private and secure part of Hwb.

Researchers rate peer learning highly – Barry kids are happy to teach each other, and their teachers
Barry digital leaders Cameron, Chloe and MorganLearning by teaching: Barry digital leaders Cameron, Chloe and MorganWondering about wikis? Burning to blog? There's a simple and illuminating way for schools to familiarise themselves with the digital tools on Hwb+, the private section of Hwb, the Welsh digital network for education. 

They can pay a visit to the TVatBIPS YouTube channel and view the "HowTo@BIPS" videos created by the young digital leaders at Barry Island Primary School in south Wales. They have recorded ‘HowTos’ explaining and demonstrating the way to blog and use Hwb’s wikis and email, along with a whole host of useful and informative screencasts.

Barry was a hub for the industrial revolution – now it's a 'Hwb' for learning
Cadoxton Primary SchoolCadoxton Primary: a traditional building housing radical learningGroups of Year 6 children in the LEGO Innovation Studio were engrossed in creating their LEGO machines. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, the only sounds they were making, apart from a general creative hum, were requests for advice from class experts and teacher Ceri-Ann Clark.

Cadoxton Primary School's LEGO investment is for STEM education, bringing together construction, design, science and programming in engaging, creative activities. It is shared with other local primaries – including Barry Island and Romilly – and they collaborate with other local schools. The ambitious LEGO work was celebrated at a Lego Green City Challenge Day, run at the school by LEGO for Cadoxton and its nine partner schools and at many events since.

The better that teachers know their learners, the more effectively they can help them
Ceri-Ann ClarkCeri-Ann Clark: 'I feel that I am a more effective teacher now'You might think that a teacher rated "outstanding" by school inspectors might be tempted to keep on keeping on, so to speak. But Ceri-Ann Clark has felt her effectiveness as a teacher grow as she has added the judicious use of technology to her teaching mix, and that includes her involvement in leading her school in the pilot of Hwb+, the 'private' part of Welsh national digital network for education.

A Year 6 teacher at Cadoxton Primary School, in Barry, south Wales, Ceri-Ann feels she has got to know her children much better as she has gradually moved away from whole-class teaching. This has increased her effectiveness in her number one priority – helping children to learn.