Apple and Highfield Humanities College, Blackpool
Highfield High School, later to become Highfield Humanities College following its £27.5 m “Building Schools of the Future” rebuild, completed in 2012, has radically changed for the better. I taught there for 5 years in the mid 1980’s and took up a seconded position with Lancashire County Council in 1989, after which I eventually joined the ICT industry.
It is a delight to have had the opportunity to work with the school, and to reacquaint myself with some of my old colleagues again. I ended up taking responsibility for the ICT element of the BSF programme in Blackpool in 2010 until 2011. The prospect of working again arose in 2011, when I was directly involved with planning a Work Experience Programme for Highfield (as part of what eventually became BlackpoolCIC). In late 2012 I was engaged to work with the Senior Learning Leadership Team in the introduction of iPads and new Learning models. It is an exciting time indeed.
Interestingly, as the Head of Faculty at the then Highfield High School, I was very active in seeking external relationships to benefit the students. We did some really innovative work with a number of organisations, and this led onto building a relationship with the then Business leader, Derek Woodman and his company.
The opportunity turned into a resoundingly successful link, and Derek Woodman asked me if he could help the school. Those students/pupils were a real credit, and their efforts and willingness to deliver brought about the offer. Derek wanted to provide the school with computers.
He put me to the test by asking me to research into what computer was going to be the best for the future, and what would bring maximised benefits to the students. Looking back on it, that was a pretty big ask, but Derek was determined that if he was to provide a legacy, it be the very best.
Below you will see the outcome.
In 1988, he formally opened the Derek Woodman Design and Technology Centre
So….when you read about Highfield Humanities College “Going Apple”, remember this. The Design and Technology Department were on the right track nearly 25 years ago.
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Down with the old, up with the new ( Image by Les Pounder 7/10/2012 http://www.flickr.com/photos/45703688@N07/8064237703/in/photostream/)
ESSA Training DAY:
There is a FREE DAY at ESSA Academy RTC - see 1:1 on iPads, iPods etc in action , if you are quick!
As I understand it ESSA normally charge for visits these days (it is a very popular site for looking at the implementation of a successful technology implementation).
|Bolton Apple Regional Training Centre @ Essa Academy Learning with iPad 12/12/12|
Overview of the Day
Join us for this invitation-only event.
In a world where digital and mobile learning have become key, we would like to show you how Apple technology enhances the performance of learners and extends learning beyond the school walls. You will discover success stories from colleagues and experience for yourself how Apple solutions are helping to transform Education.
This is a rare opportunity to spend a whole day at Essa Academy, a leading Apple school. Abdul Chohan speaks all over the UK and internationally sharing the vision of Essa and the impact of Apple technology on their teaching and learning. We have structured the day so that you can hear from the Principal Showk Badat, engage with the students, have a tour of the Academy and participate in 3 hands-on workshops which will explore Teaching with iPad, Deploying iPad Successfully and Mobile Learning.
The day will run from 09:00 - 15:45.
Featured Speakers & Workshop Leaders:
- Abdul Chohan, Director of ESSA
- Joe Moretti, Apple Distinguished Educator
- Anna-Louise Love, Apple Education
- Scott Bordoni, MCC Education
How Apple is Revolutionising Education
A great Infographic, although a little dated, it gives some scale to Apple and the impact it is making to education. I will add some more detail here later and explain a few items shown. I hope, also, that it gets brought up to date soon.
“Suddenly, life seems so wonderful again” recently converted Mac user.
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Mr John A Rudkin B.Ed (Hons) Design Education
Research, eLearning and Technology Strategist (ReLTS)
It sometimes take a knock on the head to realise things could be different
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