Scargill Junior School wins National Handheld Learning Award in London

Scargill pupils and Johnny Ball

On Monday 13th October 2008, pupils from Scargill Junior School walked away with the 3rd Prize in The Learners’ Y Factor Awards at The Handheld Learning Conference at The Barbican in London.  Supported by teacher Mrs Karen Webley, who has championed Handheld Learning in the school, the children wowed the audience and panel with their confident presentation, extolling the virtues of using PSPs (PlayStation Portables) to support learning of modern languages.  The panel, included Professor Stephen Heppell and the event was hosted by television presenter Johnny Ball (pictured with the children).  The panel were impressed by the way in which the children had used the PSPs independently to create a Portuguese dictionary to enhance their learning, building upon language lessons with Havering teacher of modern languages Dan Alliot.  Havering was the only London Borough represented in the Y Factor Awards and the award is a rich reward for the vision and commitment shown by Scargill Junior School and teacher/ICT Co-ordinator Karen Webley in particular.  The HIAS ICT Team would like to whole-heartedly congratulate Scargill Junior School on their fantastic achievement.  Well done!

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