Corseford wins TES Award
21 June 2010
Capability Scotland's Corseford School was proud to accept an
award for 'Outstanding ICT Learning Initiative of the Year' at a
recent ceremony in London.
The Times Educational Supplement panel of judges decided to
award a groundbreaking technology project known as "How was school
today?" run by researchers at Dundee and Aberdeen universities in
conjunction with the school.
Corseford faced tough competition from all over the UK and
became the only Scottish school to be recognised at this year's
The panel of judges thought the project to be an impressive
winner. They said:
"It's a really good use of technology and it's been life
changing for the youngsters who have been involved."
The technology uses sensors to track the pupils as they move
around the school - gathering data and information that
pupils can then edit into a story describing what they did at
school. Pupils can then pass this onto their parents or carer when
they return home at the end of the day.
As all the information is gathered using technology pupils and
parents don't have to rely on staff remembering what they pupils
did and deciding what information should be sent home.
Instead, it puts the pupil in control and gives them the
opportunity to share information in a more natural, interactive
The software helps pupils to develop their language and
communication skills and increases the number of people that pupils
can communicate with throughout the day. This includes
parents who have been fully involved in the research project.
Sue Williams, headteacher at Corseford said:
"We are really so pleased to have won this award. The
system is very useful to pupils, teachers, therapists and parents
alike. It allows children to take control of the conversation
without having to rely on help from us."
Dr Annalu Waller from the University of Dundee's School of
Computing who helped to develop the technology said:
"Relating daily experiences is an essential part of developing
both language and personality. With 'How was school today?'
children are able to use computer generated language to share their
own experiences in a more independent and natural way."
Jan Vallery, whose daughter Nicole was one of the pupils to test
the software said: "We really enjoyed using How was school today?
and hearing Nicole's story. The programme enabled her to talk
easily and answer questions quickly, prompting more interaction and
giving us a very detailed insight into her day."
Nicole and Depute Head Teacher, Fiona Catterson, flew
down to London for the ceremony . Fiona said:
"Nicole had a wonderful time. It was the first time she had been
to London and she enjoyed every minute of it, from the taxi tour
around town to collecting our award onstage at the Grosvenor