Digital technology key to improving schools’ performance in Wales
The performance of schools in Wales can be achieved through digital technology, Welsh Education Minister Leighton Andrews has claimed.
The Welsh Government has announced plans for the creation of a new National Digital Learning Council to give guidance on the use of digital technology in the classroom.
The new centre is part of an overall plan which also includes a bilingual digital platform called Hwb and the creation of a digital curriculum resource.
It follows the publication of an assembly report looking at digital teaching in Wales.
Mr Andrews said: “New technologies are crucial in driving up learner performance and ensuring they have the best skills for life. Children and young people want to learn using the latest technologies available to them. It’s not unreasonable for learners, parents and teachers to expect that the technology they use in their daily life can also be used in education.
“I have said before that schools need to learn and share the best ideas. They also need to have access to appropriate technology and have the skills to use digital technology to make the most out of it.
“The web provides a tremendous learning resource for children and young people. We need to help learners develop the skills, confidence and maturity to navigate safely around this new world and make good use of the opportunities it provides. Through Hwb, we will be encouraging schools to make full use of social technologies to engage learners and improve learning outcomes.
“I want Wales to be a world leader in digital learning. I believe the actions I’ve set out today show how we can achieve that goal.”Follow @CaerphillyObsvr