Education technology agency Becta has launched its Next Generation Learning campaign web site, in an effort to ensure parents, learners and schools are getting the most out of technology when used in education. The web site enables users to find out innovative ways in which technology is already being used in schools, to improve motivation and results. An example of this is being the John Cabot Academy in Bristol, where students are using PlayStation Portables (PSPs) in PE lessons to see how their long jump techniques compare to professionals.
Stephen Crowne, chief executive of Becta said, 'We know that technology significantly improves results, yet despite this, only one in five of schools and colleges are making the most of its potential. 'Our children, and all other learners, deserve a truly outstanding education and in the modern world this means we need all schools and learning providers to become effective and innovative users of technology.' A new feature included in the website is a postcode search facility, which enables parents to find schools in their area that have achieved an ICT Mark for using technology effectively.