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Knowsley’s Activate charity wins big

by Laura Johnston

The Bracknell Centre battled it out in nationwide EdTech competition.

Activate Community and Education Services – The Bracknell Centre – in Knowsley, has beaten schools around the UK in a competition to win one of 30 state-of-the-art education technology packages through the Promethean Grant programme.

Schools and education facilities across the country were invited to submit video entries explaining why they would benefit from winning an ActivPanel. Entries were judged on three criteria: creativity, need, and the impact the technology would have if they were successful.

This is the second time The Bracknell Centre have scooped a prize in the competition to receive a fully installed ActivPanel package valued at around £3,000.

In their entry, which you can see below, The Bracknell Centre created the opening scene of a horror film to demonstrate how bad the technological facilities were at the centre before winning the Promethean Grant last year. They showed videos and pictures of the successes of the ActivPanel in helping the students learn with more advanced technology and the difference it has made to the centre.

John Schaer, IT Business Support & Assistive Technologist at The Bracknell Centre said: “After successfully winning an ActivPanel in the Promethean Grant last year we wanted to try and win another one. The difference it has made to teaching and learning at the centre has been amazing, completely transforming the way our young adults learn and participate in the classroom. Having another ActivPanel at the centre will allow even more of our learners to have access to this fantastic technology.”

Alistair Hayward, Promethean’s Head of UKI and ANZ markets, commented: “Schools are under increasing financial pressures and at the same time are expected to create state-of-the-art learning environments. As a company, we’re incredibly passionate about education and believe all schools should be able to access technologies that are proven to enhance teaching and learning experiences. The standard of entries this year has again been outstanding, I’d like to congratulate every school who took part for their efforts.”

The Bracknell Centre’s ActivPanel was installed for the beginning of this academic year. It acts as a collaborative learning centre and can connect with other devices in the classroom such as laptops and tablets, enabling students to complete tasks from a handheld device or for small groups to use its multi-touch functionality. Promethean is looking forward to developing a partnership with the winning schools to help them get the most out of the technology.