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Press Release - Taking Education to the Next Level - Audiences help children write better - 21st March 2014

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Press Release 

Available for immediate release on 21st March 2014 

Taking Education to the Next Level - Audiences help children write better


Any school that is not taking advantage of the Internet to give children wider audiences for their creative writing is missing a huge opportunity to improve their pupils' learning.

Children learn to write better when they receive feedback and constructive criticism on their writing, from as many people as possible. The Internet is enabling schools to give children massively bigger and wider audiences. Schools that are doing this find that the impact on children’s' desire to write and the quality of their writing is large. The schools can show where the improvement in their pupils' writing has exceeded normal expectations by a big margin.

There is a wide variety of approaches that leading schools, such as those that have gained the Naace 3rd Millennium Learning Award, are using. Quadblogging links schools so that pupils can act as an audience for each other; the 100 Word Challenge provides an accessible framework for writing that can be commented on by anyone. Schools are running radio and TV stations watched regularly by many of the parents and others in the community, and all the pupils. These of course require children to prepare their scripts carefully in advance, so there is a great deal of writing involved by all, not just for those who get to present in a particular programme. It inspires pupils to greater achievements; as one pupil in the Springwell Junior School 3rd Millennium Award video says, having seen the responses to her blog, "Maybe I can become an author!".

Developments like this, that are taking education to the next level, will be discussed by the nearly 200 teachers and school leaders who are attending the Naace Conference next week.

For more details about the Naace Annual Conference please see http://www.naace.co.uk/events/conference2014

For comment on this and other ways that education is moving to the next level please contact office@naace.co.uk

 

Notes for Editors

Naace is the National Association for all who are working to take education to the next level of pupil achievement. Schools that are properly capitalising on computer technology and the Internet offer their pupils a curriculum and learning experiences that are not possible without technology, which is the key enabler. This includes the Computing curriculum but is much wider, involving the use of technology to transform pedagogy and learning interactions across the whole school.  We are a community of schools, teachers and all those who work in schools and members of the Education Technology industry, who all share a vision for the role of technology in improving and transforming learning and teaching.

As a professional association, we represent the voice of the UK education technology community in the schools sector at a national and international level, as well as supporting one another across the sector through conferences, courses and the dissemination of resources, research and reflection. We play a key role in members’ professional development, through the challenge and support of a community of practice.

As a charity we aid the development of the profession as a whole and all schools, through the sharing of innovation and expertise, including provision of a range of school improvement tools such as the Self Review Framework and ICT Mark, the 3rd Millennium Learning Award toolbox and online professional development courses through the CPD4Free service.

Press Release - Taking Education to the Next Level - Audiences help children write better - 21st March 2014
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