Discovery Education provides a professional development session to Uckfield Community Technology College on its Secondary service to support student-centered and 21st century learning.

digital-leadershipDiscovery Education encouraged students in the UK’s Uckfield Community Technology College (UCTC) to take ownership of their learning by leading a professional development event, where pupils became accredited Discovery Education Secondary Tech Champs, or ambassadors of technology implementation.

James Massey, Discovery Education’s Educational Consultant, delivered a training session with 13 pupils, which encompassed drafting a plan to increase technology engagement throughout the school.

The Tech Champs will serve as digital leaders in their school, providing advice and ideas to their peers and teachers about how to effectively integrate the Discovery Education Secondary service into their curriculum.

These students learned about 21st century skills such as collaboration, analyzing and evaluating, problem solving, and creating, as well as leadership by spearheading some of UCTC’s technology initiatives.

Following the student training, Massey delivered a professional development session for UCTC educators. During this session, teachers learned about the various benefits the Discovery Education Secondary service provides, and they heard their own students’ perspectives on how it could be implemented in the classroom.

“Having students be involved in part of the roll out allows for them to be actively engaged in the learning process. They’re experts, they learn quickly and are excited by the digital tools, and they’re great teachers,” said Jeanette O’Connor, assistant head teacher, Uckfield Community Technology College.

UCTC, whose motto is “realizing potential,” strives to inspire students and support creative, individualized growth through its innovative and interactive programmes. In support of their inspirational use of technology, UCTC will be adopting a one-to-one Chromebook program.

As part of its launch, UCTC will host a Chromebooks for Learning Show on June 26 for students, parents, and educational leaders to showcase its transformative and innovative technology use, as well as their use of Discovery Education’s cross-curricular resources. Keynote speakers, including James Massey, will deliver sessions about digital services and pedagogical strategies; further, hands-on demonstrations will be offered.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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