Computing - Working in Partnership
“I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.” Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and now philanthropist.
At Woodchester, we are passionate that children have the opportunity to access as many different computing tools as they can. We are fortunate that our PTA, Governors and a number of local charities agree and have supported us in purchasing ProBots, I-Pads and new Windows 10 Laptops over the last 18 months. We are slowly transforming the IT capability of staff and children alike to ensure that everyone has access to the latest tools and technologies.
Budgets will only go so far, so luckily for the children, Woodchester is part of a number of partnerships which give the children access to a wider range of technology:
- University of Gloucestershire IT Hub – the hub supports primary teachers in developing their IT teaching skills with regular CPD opportunities as well as advice and monthly teacher forums.
- Cyberhub UK – the National Cyber Hub Security Centre set up a programme in Gloucestershire in 2018 to encourage collaboration between local schools, national and local companies and organisations with the aim of encouraging young people to engage with computer science and the application of cyber security in every day technology. Thanks to our work with Cyberhub, we have been able to borrow I-pads, Spheros, computing games, robots and lots more.
If you are able to offer Computing or IT themed talks or know of other organisations who would be willing to lend resources, sponsor workshops or most importantly, come and talk to children, then please let us know. We would love to hear from you.