Tony Parkin scrubs up for the Naace ICT Impact Awards
"Never mind the technology, what about the learning?" The challenge to demonstrate that use of learning technologies actually has a measurable and significant impact on learners and learning has been a constant struggle.
In 2011 Naace launched its first ICT Impact Awards to identify where technologies make a difference. In January 2012, short-listed candidates were announced at the BETT Show, and the winners were revealed at the Naace Strategic Conference Impact Awards Dinner last week (March 9) at the Leicester Marriot Hotel.
Charles Clarke MP, former secretary of state for education, and long-time supporter of Naace, presented the awards to the successful candidates in a ceremony that exuded warmth and camaraderie as well as celebration and recognition.
He emphasised that the context to the awards is rapid worldwide growth and investment in education, and rapid progress in many places. Describing a project he had visited in Miami, he observed that US school students were being tutored online, for financial reasons, by teachers in Bangalore, half a world away. It's a revolutionary idea that many had believed could not possibly happen.
Charles Clarke – 'the learner must be at the heart of learning technology developments'
The UK’s reputation in the implementation of learning technology is still high around the world, and the Naace community is well placed to play its part in capitalising upon this, he said. There are, however, three key issues that must be considered.
First, the learner must be at the core and heart of all the learning technology developments. Second, teachers must be convinced that the technology can and does make an impact, and be trained appropriately to be competent and confident pedagogues in its use. Third, the UK must recognise that the opportunities learning technology affords are immense and cannot be ignored, and there has to be a sustained campaign to take this on and make the changes happen, despite the current economic climate and financial uncertainty.
Announcing the awards, Bernadette Brooks, Naace manager, pointed out that they recognise that impact can be achieved in different aspects and from different directions. The range of categories aims to ensure that all contributions can be recognised and rewarded. The focus is always on learner outcomes, and Naace is eager that these should be interpreted broadly, and may include aspects such as attainment, achievement, motivation, behaviour, attitudes and creativity. This year the award categories were:
Early Years and Foundation Stage
Supporting Inclusion in any phase
Collaborative group project
ICT Technician of the Year
Adviser or Consultant or Support Service
The EYFS Award Winner is Michelle Hill, deputy headteacher and ICT co-ordinator at Leamore Primary School, for her work using iPod Touches to record evidence of childrens’ learning through live blogging.
The Primary Award Winner is Ophelia Vanderpuye, head of ICT at Oakington Manor Primary School, for her high-profile work in making the school a centre of excellence in the use of technologies, attracting teachers from all over the UK and abroad to learn about practice with emerging technologies. She also works tirelessly with the local City Learning Centre on a range of learning technology projects. (A profile of Ophelia Vanderpuye and her work will shortly appear in The Innovators section on this website.) Competition in the category was fierce, and the judges also made a Highly Commended award to the wonderful work of Casllwchwr Primary School in Swansea.
The Secondary Award was also keenly contested. The winner is Ben McCarey, head of English/lead in driving new technologies at The Cooper School in Bicester, for showing how technology should work in a school to support the needs of the whole school community. A second Highly Commended award was made to Lewis Philips, a pupil at Inverkeithing High School in Fife who, working with Angela Macari, librarian at the school, has led some amazing work on use of social media for learning at the school.
Derek Robertson, national adviser with Education Scotland, who runs the Consolarium (for games-based learning) was the popular winner of the Adviser or Consultant or Support Service Award. The irony that the successful Consolarium team north of the border has now been disbanded, and have returned to their classrooms, was not lost on an audience largely drawn from England and Wales. Great delight was expressed that his pioneering work in this area, previously also acknowledged at events such as Learning Without Frontiers, was now being recognised in the Naace arena.
Woodlawn School is the winner of the award for Supporting Inclusion in any Phase. In particular the leadership team of Val Brown, former headteacher, and former deputy head Simon Ripley (now headteacher) were recognised for their integration of ICT in the school into both the curriculum and in everyday use, and the excellence of the communications between all staff.
TeachMeet, not unsurprisingly, is the winner of the award for the Best Collaborative Group Project. Though notionally put up in the name of John Johnson, the ICT development officer among the original pioneering group in Scotland who created the TeachMeet movement, Drew Buddie, in accepting the award, was keen to acknowledge that it is a recognition of all the many contributors that make TeachMeets such a success.
The ICT Technician of the Year Award went to Timothy Morton, who is network manager at the RSA Academy, for his work supporting staff across a significant number of projects at the school.
No awards evening is complete without its Lifelong Achievement Award. Lawrence Williams, lecturer at Brunel University, is this year’s successful award winner, for using digital technologies to make the world a better place by enthusing students to use technologies both in their own learning and in positive communications with each other.
In addition to the award – a specially-commissioned plaque to keep – the successful winners are also granted a year’s complimentary membership of Naace, plus software, hardware or subscription service as appropriate from the sponsor of their individual award. Additionally they are invited to write about their work for inclusion in Naace’s Advancing Education journal
Rachel Ager, chair of the Naace board of management, observed, "We are delighted to see such worthy winners of this year’s awards. This is our second year running the Naace ICT Impact Awards and we have been staggered by the range of projects and initiatives presented for consideration.
"The intention when we introduced the awards last year was to showcase how ICT can have a very real impact on student outcomes, and the learning that takes place in schools. I am certain that this year’s winners will provide inspiration for all practitioners and will raise the bar yet again for next year’s nominations."
The full Naace ICT Impact Awards shortlist
The shortlist for the Naace Impact Awards was announced on the Naace stand at BETT on Thursday 12 January, 2012
Award for EYFS
Clare Hawking, early years teacher at Winhills Primary School
For implementing the primary learning platform in order to engage hard to reach parents
Lesley Hill, teacher at St John's College Pre-Preparatory
For using ICT to enable new knowledge building, collaboration and learning beyond the classroom
Michelle Hill, deputy headteacher and ICT co-ordinator at Leamore Primary School
For using iPod Touches to record evidence of individual children's learning through live blogging.
Award for Primary (sponsored by Kudlian Software)
Chris Mayoh, ICT development manager at Bowling Park Primary School, Bradford
For his work on using new technologies to engage and inspire learners
Simon Haughton, ICT Manager at Parkfield Primary School, Rochdale
For developing a bank of quality resources that are attractive, yet simple to use for all teachers
Casllwchwr Primary School, Swansea (Simon Pridham, headteacher)
For demonstrating leading practice in the use of ICT.
Nik Foster, deputy headteacher at Mellor Community Primary School, Leicester
For her work with using the VLE for pupil-led learning in maths
Ophelia Vanderpuye, head of ICT at Oakington Manor Primary School, Brent
For working tirelessly to inspire teachers from all over the UK and abroad to visit the school and to share good practise in the use of ICT and emerging technologies
Westfields Junior School (headteacher Karine George)
For tireless commitment to embedding technologies into the fabric of their school.
Award for Secondary (sponsored by Phoenix Software)
Sandra Clements, deputy headteacher and ICT leader at Blackheath High School
For the Art/Design department which is consistently using a whole range of technologies to support standards of excellence
Anne Franklin, director of faculty at Lodge Park Technology Colllege
For her work raising the profile of the school in terms of ICT and the use of technology within schools in their area
Ben McCarey, head of English/lead in driving new technologies at The Cooper School, Bicester
For his work showing how technology should work within a school - to support the needs of all, including both pupils and teachers alike.
Lewis Philips and Angela Macari, pupil and librarian at Inverkeithing High School, Fife
For Lewis’s work supporting staff and pupils in their use of social media for learning across the school
Belfast Model School for Girls (Mr Graham, principal, Dr Pinkerton, vice-principal, Mrs Mairs, vice-principal and Mrs Leitch, senior teacher)
The School demonstrates excellence in whole staff development and embedding use of ICT for teaching and learning
Award for Supporting Inclusion in any phase (sponsored by Crick Software)
Mary Farmer, class teacher at The Cedars Primary School, Hounslow
For her use of innovative technology, Game Based and Hand Held Learning to inspire her pupils
John Butcher, technology officer with John Jamieson East SILC
For his extensive work with pupils and staff and his implementation of new systems
Woodlawn School (Val Brown, headteacher, and Simon Ripley, deputy headteacher)
For their use of ICT that is integrated into both curriculum and everyday use and this achievement, along with the excellent communications between the leadership team and staff, and among all staff generally
Simon Wilson and the ICT development team at Ashgrove Special School
For their creative curriculum which is already having a profound impact upon pupils’ development and ICT is being used effectively to “liberate young people” and raise their self-esteem, confidence and communication with others
Jean Johnson , IT services director with the Leigh Academy Trust
For her use of NotSchool which helps young people who, for a variety of reasons (e.g. phobia, illness, pregnancy, bullying, travelling, exclusion, in care), are unable to engage with school or other complementary provisions such as home tutoring or specialist units
Award for Collaborative Group Project
Simon Thomas, practice director with 9ine Consulting at the Longfield Academy
For 9ine’s work at the Longfield Academy in developing the 1:1 iPad scheme, technical architecture and service delivery model
Ricky Brown and Space to Learn project
For being involved with developing a space that allows for the opportunity to experiment with learning in a supported technology rich environment, allowing teachers to concentrate on what they themselves are experts in - Learning.
Adrian Morris, director of teaching and learning
Bishop Challoner Catholic College
For being inspirational in leading a whole school project that focused on implementing a vision for eLearning
Stephen Lea, consultant leader for the use of new technologies in learning at Hundred of Hoo Comprehensive School
For his work delivering learning days to more 15 primary feeder schools, an example of primary and secondary phases working together on project work which is then uploaded to the schools' VLE
Teachmeet (nominally represented by John Johnson, ICT development officer)
In recognition of the way this radical form of CPD is transformative.
Award for ICT Technician of the Year (sponsored by Civica)
Phil Elder, ICT network manager at the Royal Masonic School
For his hard work and dedication managing over 300 PCs on the school site.
David Topping, ICT technician with Fujitsu
For his tireless work to make sure that every teacher, auxiliary and pupil has everything they needs to work well in the school.
Alan Richards, information systems manager with West Hatch High School
For his technical skills and ability to produce working systems from ideas given to him by teaching staff
Timothy Morton, network manager with the RSA Academy
For his work across a number of projects supporting staff.
Josie Kingston, ICT teaching and learning assistant at Richmond Hill Primary Special School
For her work creatively producing resources that supplement the work that is being done in the classes
Bartek Sulek, technician with The Hall School
For his innovative use of open source technologies to secure a range of savings across the school.
Award for Adviser or Consultant or Support Service (sponsored by FantastICT)
Katya Toneva, director of ICT with the International Community School, London
For developing valuable case studies in the area of mobile learning
Microsoft Partners in Learning Network Programme
For making a significant difference to those who take part in the programme
The Lancashire Music Service
For its enormous impact on schools, teachers, pupils and the Music Service itself and in the way music is taught and learnt throughout Lancashire
Lambeth City Learning Centre (represented by Sarah Horrocks, CLC director)
For the extensive range of CPD services it offers
Derek Robertson, national adviser for emerging and games-based learning (Consolarium) with Education Scotland
For his work designing, leading and implementing Scotland’s Consolarium Project
Award for Life-long Achievement (sponsored by Meru Networks)
Dr Sue Black, senior research associate with the Department of Computer Science at University College London
For being instrumental over the past few years in raising the profile of women in ICT
Leon Cych, social entrepreneur with L4L (Learn 4 Life: Innovation in Education)
For his work in producing inspirational videos for all in the teaching community
Lawrence Williams, lecturer with Brunel University
For his tireless energy in using digital technologies to make the world a better place by reaching out to young people and enthusing their appetite both for learning and for positive communication with each other