Tottenham primary school leads the IT pack with blog award
PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 June 2011
Pupils and staff at a primary school are celebrating after taking third place in a national blogging competition.
Ferry Lane Primary School in Jarrow Road, Tottenham, took the honour in the Educational Blog Awards’ Whole School Blogsite Of The Year category for its online activities.
The school was one of more than 300 blogs and blogsites nominated across four categories.
Pupils and staff had to demonstrate “a community commitment to blogging” and do it “beyond the classroom”, while safeguarding the youngsters with clear, consistent messages about online safety, comment policy and content.
Judges said the blogs were “wonderful and demonstrate what can be done with a bit of creative thought and professionalism”, calling them “a model of good practice”.
The youngsters, from Year 3 onwards, post videos, photos and audio onto the blogs, and staff also regularly blog.
Thrilled headteacher Maxine Pattison said: “I wasn’t very confident myself when we started this project but I can now see the sheer enjoyment and engagement with learning that the children and their families are experiencing.
“It’s had a huge impact on the development of children’s writing skills and the ability to improve their own and other children’s writing in a constructive way.
“I’m a true fan of blogging now and proud of the way the children and families have responded to the opportunities available through the use of new technology.”
As a result of the blogs, children have helped make a BBC documentary, been invited to sing at a national conference and asked to write for award winning websites and Teach Primary magazine.
The blogs can be seen at http://ferrylane.net.