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Starring role for school pupils 5 November 2007

PUPILS from the north of the Island had a starring role at a prestigious technology show held at London's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Amie Shute, a year 6 pupil at Dhoon School, and former Dhoon pupil Dorian Amaral, now in Year 7 at Ramsey Grammar School, took part in Be Very Afraid, held at BAFTA's headquarters at Piccadilly.

The event was organised by Professor Stephen Heppell, a well-known educational ICT expert in the UK who has close links to Downing Street and who is currently overseeing a study into the effectiveness of pupils in the Island having their own laptops.

Also at the event were Alex Townsend, the Department of Education's 'Computerbus Man' , Dhoon School Headteacher Fran McLean and Julie Wilsdon, the school's ICT Coordinator.

Mr Townsend explained:Prof Heppell with the Dhoon pupils

'The event showcased a selection of some of the best Information and communication Technology (ICT) work from schools and colleges in Britain. Dhoon was just one of 10 schools from throughout the British Isles selected to ‘show’ at this prestigious occasion – and one of just three primary schools taking part.
'The invitation-only event was attended by 200 movers and shakers from UK Government agencies, the media and industry. The school was filmed for a high-profile DVD, copies of which will be sent to 40,000 schools in the British Isles.'

Mr Townsend said:

'Among the work on display from Dhoon School was material created using the one-to-one laptops - a Department of Education scheme which has seen every pupil in years 3-6 at the school issued with their own laptop computers.
'A hit with those who attended the show was an interactive TT Game, created by the school to mark 100 years of the TT. The game travels through time as well as around the mountain course, with players beginning in 1907. Short multimedia presentations are followed by a set of multiple choice questions which have to be answered correctly before the player can progress to the next stage and decade - eventually finishing in 2007 at the new grandstand. The game was demonstrated on laptop computers and on the very latest iPod 'Touch' devices, which use touch-screen technology.'

It is hoped the Island can be represented at next year's event by Anagh Coar Primary School, another school pioneering the one-to-one use of laptop computers.

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