Nothing to be scared of


Isleofman.com reported on another technology event in London last week, in which students from two of the Isle of Man’s secondary schools helped present an image of the future.
 
Be Very Afraid is an annual gathering at which students from primary to university age talk about the extraordinary things they are doing with new technology in their learning.
 
The sixth annual event took place alongside the Learning and Technology World Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.  One of its main sponsors is Bafta (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts). Guests at the event included education ministers from countries around the world, including China, Australia, the USA and Canada.
 
Robert Leece and Mduduzi Mtshali, Year 8 pupils at St Ninian’s High School, told the high-powered delegates about the school’s Pompeii Project. The Year 7 cross-curricular project explores the eruption at Pompeii in 79AD in a creative and imaginative way, including through ICT. Students work in small groups, structuring their own learning with peer and staff support, to produce visual presentations to share with others.
 
The boys were interviewed by TV crews and podcasters.  As a result of their attendance at Be Very Afraid, a lecturer at a university in Australia has invited Mduduzi to take part in a video conference with her students.