The University recently held an insightful technology event for teachers and trainees to showcase and share the latest and most beneficial technology being used in classrooms across the country.
The first TeachBites event reinforced the need for digital skills to be given as much focus as numeracy and literacy skills in Welsh schools, as per the recent developments in the new Curriculum.
One hundred leading sector teachers, forty Cardiff Met students and staff from University of South Wales attended the event to share best practice in teaching, practical innovations and personal insights in teaching with technology.
Latest technological innovations presented at the event at Cardiff School of Management with the Education Achievement Services (EAS) included a variety of multimedia such as Computational thinking, Augmented reality, Virtual reality and the latest innovations from google classroom.
These were shown as effective ways to bring a digital aspect to teaching to help incorporate the new Digital Competency Framework into classrooms.
This is an element of curriculum reforms taking place in Wales within Technology and Education, which will be mandatory in all Welsh schools in 2018 and place an emphasis on the need to increase the digital competency of children in schools in Wales.
Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at Cardiff School of Management, Tom Crick, has been integral in the design of the new Digital Competency Framework (DCF) and was keynote speaker at the event. He said: “This event reinforced the importance of digital to Wales. If we want a prosperous and sustainable data-driven digital economy, we need to ensure we have the necessary skills, expertise and infrastructure – from primary school through to higher education. This is a key priority for Cardiff Met going forward, particularly through our new School of Technologies.”
Primary Studies Lecturer at Cardiff Met, Nick Young said: “With the ground shifting beneath our feet with curriculum reform in Wales and some uncertainty of what the future will hold in education, this conference was the perfect opportunity to bring together experts and key figures in our sector to explore the changes, share best practice and showcase some awe-inspiring ideas for both established and new teachers.”