National Digital Learning Event
The National Digital Learning Event is an annual conference and awards ceremony, aimed at teachers and those working in education in Wales, with a view to sharing good practice and expertise in digital learning.
National Digital Learning Event 2014
Where: The 2014 event was held on July 9 2014 at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and formed part of the Digital Innovation Week Wales programme of activities.
2014 keynote speakers: These included Minister for Education and Skills Huw Lewis AM, Abdul Chohan of the ESSA Academy, Maggie Philbin of TeenTech, and Simon Brown HMI, Estyn. Plenary activities were captured and streamed via webinar, and can be seen here until July 2015.
Commercial Digital Project Award Winner: Coleg Llandrillo, Grwp Llandrillo Menai
Grwp Llandrillo Menai's 3D construction site resource was developed in association with Gaia Technologies. The judges felt that this entry was particularly innovative and deemed to be an outstanding example of using technology to redefine and to reimagine a field of study.
CollaboratEd for their work with the community and learning, and Etreble9 for their focus on developing a generation of e-Safety aware children.
National Digital Learning Council's Pupil Award Winner: The Rofft Primary School
The Rofft Primary School's Winter Olympics project was an excellent example of pupils using technology to enhance learning experiences, not just their own, but the experiences of other pupils across the whole school.
Richmond Park School, Carmarthen for their work on safety, a project which is already being shared across other schools in the area.
Innovative Use of Technology 3 – 11 Winner: Ynysowen Community Primary School
Ynysowen Community Primary School used technology in a way that none of the awards judging panel had seen before, show casing Google Sketchup as a creative and innovative means of delivering Year 6 portfolios. The project also brought in skills from across the curriculum, including literacy and numeracy skills.
Bryn Elian High School for their Tech Dojo project with local primary schools and the local community; Rhws Primary School for their use of Google Apps and Hafod Primary School for their highly creative green-screen project Stepping into Art.
Best Original Digital Content 3 – 11 Winner: Cwmclydach Primary School
Cwmclydach Primary School's iSPACE project is a fantastic idea combined with a tried and tested approach, which provides their learners with the very best in digital learning experiences.
Rhondda Cynon Taf for the Ymlaen project.
Innovative Use of Technology 11 – 16 Winner: Bassaleg School
Bassaleg School's digital feedback project showcases an innovative and time saving approach, and one that could be easily shared across all phases of education. It offers a fantastic example of the way in which technology can be used to enhance learning experiences and increase pupil engagement.
Ysgol y Preseli for their use of augmented reality in geography.
Best Original Digital Content 11 – 16 Winner: Ysgol Glan y Môr, Pwllheli
Ysgol Glan y Môr's Ap Pwllheli project was a fantastic example of student collaboration, with a focus on creating a substantial App as part of the students' Business Studies course. The entry had the added value of being both relevant and useful to the local community.
Ysgol y Strade, Llanelli for their musical video introducing the soft mutation and Ysgol Glan y Môr, Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, and Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle's Professional Learning Community for materials created as part of their Literacy and Numeracy PLC.
Innovative Use of Technology in Further Education Winner: Coleg Cambria
Coleg Cambria's Digital Diaries Project demonstrates a new and innovative approach to a well established digital technology. This entry clearly identified the impact on students, both in their college studies and in preparation for the world of work. Improving students' literacy skills also featured prominently in this project.
Bridgend College for their work with students with additional learning needs, and Coleg Sir Gâr for their project Promoting the Welsh Language Wirelessly.
Best Original Digital Content (Further Education) Winner: Sgiliaith, Grwp Llandrillo Menai
Sgiliaith's Dwy Iaith ar Waith interactive project, aimed at promoting bilingualism, clearly targets a national priority, making effective use of technology to raise standards, and to share and promote work.