ICT Celebrated at Wallace

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The innovative use of ICT in Wallace High School has been acknowledged in two prestigious publications this month, thus confirming their status at the forefront of ICT education in Northern Ireland.

TermTalk is the official magazine of the Northern Ireland General Teaching Council (GTCNI) and Wallace features heavily in the upcoming edition, whilst ICT Co-ordinator David Cleland recently gave an interview to the Times Education Supplement about the school’s innovative use of flip video.

Commenting on the article David said: “ Wallace has a strong history of ICT innovation. We have a bank of Flip video cameras that are booked out and used by all Departments for digital content. As well as digital video the school has worked with Intel and Microsoft in a creative Ultra Mobile Personal Computers (UMPC) pilot using OneNote in History education.”

They also host one of the largest ICT networks in the province and periodically acknowledge the exemplar work of pupils on the official school website. Through this, the digital media work of Year 14 pupil Niall Burke has attracted attention from around the world.

He is excited by this development, if not a little bit overwhelmed: “All my A – level subjects offer support via the school Virtual Learning Environment and although it is great to have your work critiqued by class mates it is a little nerve racking to have my animation viewed by people around the world.”

Principal Deborah O’Hare is understandably proud of the history of ICT innovation in the school. She commented: “Wallace has invested heavily in ICT with a focus on digital media and creativity. This digital creativity is not just restricted to Art or Moving Image Arts but is encouraged in all subjects. From the first week in Year 8 pupils will use ICT in their learning. It is firmly embedded in the curriculum for all subjects and the school is ready for mobile learning using tablets or hand held devices.”

Last modified: March 7, 2017