Knockloughrim Primary School top of the class for digital

Pupils and teachers at Knockloughrim Primary School, near Magherafelt are celebrating recognition as a Digital School of Distinction.
Pictured outside Parliament Buildings, Stormont proudly showing off their special plaque is  Principal Keith Wysner (right) with Callum Speirs, Chair of the Pupil Council, pictured  with the Minister of Education, John ODowd (centre). Also pictured are, from left, Ann Marie Whelan (Education Manager, HP Inc) Martin Murphy (MD, Hewlett Packard Enterprise) and Tom Jackson (Education Manager, Microsoft).  

Supported by HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft, the Digital Schools of Distinction Award has been developed to help schools to integrate technology into the classroom. 
The initiative aims to recognise best in class practices and build on the progress already made by schools by providing a pathway and resources for those schools seeking to do more with technology. The programme also recognises those who achieve excellence and supports the efforts of schools a
Pupils and teachers at Knockloughrim Primary School, near Magherafelt are celebrating recognition as a Digital School of Distinction. Pictured outside Parliament Buildings, Stormont proudly showing off their special plaque is Principal Keith Wysner (right) with Callum Speirs, Chair of the Pupil Council, pictured with the Minister of Education, John ODowd (centre). Also pictured are, from left, Ann Marie Whelan (Education Manager, HP Inc) Martin Murphy (MD, Hewlett Packard Enterprise) and Tom Jackson (Education Manager, Microsoft). Supported by HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft, the Digital Schools of Distinction Award has been developed to help schools to integrate technology into the classroom. The initiative aims to recognise best in class practices and build on the progress already made by schools by providing a pathway and resources for those schools seeking to do more with technology. The programme also recognises those who achieve excellence and supports the efforts of schools a
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Knockloughrim Primary School has been recognised for tis efforts to integrate technology into the classroom with the Digital School of Distinction award.

The initiative - supported by HP Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft - aims to recognise best in class practices and build on the progress already made by schools by providing a pathway and resources for those schools seeking to do more with technology.

Keith Wysner, Principal of Knockloughrim Primary School, said that the programme offers a real opportunity for primary schools to build on their digital capabilities.

“Our little learners need to be confident how to use digital technology and how to be able to meet not only the current but future needs and expectations of the employment and business sectors,” he said.

“In Knockloughrim Primary School we need to begin now to prepare our children how to be able to compete with the most digitally literate job candidates in the future.

“Our young children in Mid-Ulster have just as much potential and are just as capable and deserving as any other child in being able to harness the capabilities of technology and the Digital Schools of Distinction status helps us prove that we as a school have the capabilities to be able to do this.

Mr Wysner added: “We as educators need to accept this challenge in making all our children digitally literate and believe in our children and offer them every opportunity and the experiences now that will allow them in the future to be the best and most digitally creative that they can possibly be.”

The Minister for Education John O’Dowd congratulated the schools who have become Digital Schools of Distinction.

“Being recognised as a Digital School of Distinction is a fantastic achievement and an important milestone for all the schools that have done it.

“We live in an increasingly technology literate world and it’s important that our schools reflect the world our children live in.

The minister added: “I’d like to encourage any school that hasn’t yet got involved in this programme to consider doing so.”