Monday, February 27, 2012

Abersychan school students benefit from �14m digital learning project

THIS week a Torfaen secondary school went live with laptops and a contemporary learning management system as part of a £14 million digital learning project.

Abersychan Secondary School along with Monmouth Comprehensive School in Monmouthshire were the first schools to pilot the learning management system and receive laptops for all pupils aged 14 to 16.

The aim is to have laptops, broadband access and the learning management system in all eleven Torfaen and Monmouthshire secondary schools before the end of the summer term.

The introduction of innovative learning technologies will support Torfaen and Monmouthshire's aspirations to raise student attainment levels at key stage 4.

The initial investment will be spent on the eleven secondary schools in the two counties to develop schools' ICT infrastructure onto a common, future-proof platform and ensure every pupil has access to digital learning via a laptop.

Teachers will be able to digitally access classroom resources such as lesson plans and learning materials and parents will also have secure online access to their children's educational resources and performance as well as coursework and learning materials.

Councillor Mary Barnett, Torfaen Executive Member for Children and Young People, said: "This is a significant day for the 14 to 16 digital learning project in Torfaen and Monmouthshire.

"A huge amount of work has gone into this project that could revolutionise digital education and it will be great to see the students using the technology in schools. "The Torfaen and Monmouthshire partnership will transform the delivery of education and help drive up achievement levels across all schools."

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