One of the most enjoyable things that I do in Parliament is to chair the judges for the annual information technology competition for primary schools, Make IT Happy, organised by PITCOM (the Parliament IT Committee). Earlier this week around 120 children – the regional winners – came to Parliament with their teachers to receive their awards and to hear which schools had been judged the national winners.
This year the entries were of a particularly high standard and all the regional winners had done extremely well, but especial congratulations went to the national winners:
1st Prize – Wales – St. Julian’s Primary School
2nd Prize – London – Northwood Primary School
3rd Prize – South East – Milbourne Lodge School
Top prize-winners were St Julian’s Primary School in Newport where the children had come up with the idea of making short “how to” videos, addressing common IT problems.
Each video was made by pupils, explaining and demonstrating the techniques needed. They posted the videos on their school website, and then worked to publicise them to a variety of groups in need of IT help.
Among those that benefited locally were an old people’s home, Glyn Anwen, and other schools in the area. St Julians also used the videos to cement their links with a partner school in Rwanda, which had recently received laptops from a charity.
The videos are well worth a look ….