A Carnival of Technologies is taking place at Bradford College, (23rd – 24th April) showcasing the latest in cutting edge technology that will be used to transform learning in the new multi-million pound campus.
The new build is the second phase of Bradford College’s Accommodation Strategy and will be ready to welcome learners by September 2014 - adding to the regeneration of Bradford.
The two day event has inspired new styles of learning - and looks set to revolutionise the way classes will be delivered for future generations.
During the innovative event, teaching practitioners, educational managers, IT professionals and planners have been discovering more about the latest technologies available for a new build or strategic improvement programme.
Students had the opportunity to comment on how they would like learning to be delivered in the future, providing feedback on what they would like to see more of in the new iconic building.
New styles of learning will embrace cutting edge technologies, with realistic work environments open to the public and opportunities to showcase learning activity through open plan areas.
Jackie Robertshaw, I.T Services Application Developer/Trainer said: “Working together in partnership with the Learning Technologies Department at Bradford College, I.T Services have been delighted to present and promote new technologies that could potentially work in the new building.”
Elaborating further on the new technology, Jackie Robertshaw continued: “‘Save the Teacher’s Voice’ is a new sound system that amplifies the tutor’s voice, so they no longer need to shout to be heard from the back of the class. There are also ‘zones’, so even if the lecture is taking place in an open area, the sound system has the ability to amplify the voice just within that specific zone.”
Apple distinguished educator, Mr David Kirtlan has been available during the carnival to outline how to create excitement and engagement in teaching and learning situations using the IPads.
A debate chaired by Ronan O’Beirne, Director of Learning Development & Research, followed on the subject.
Delegates attending the event from across the UK had the opportunity to ‘go back to the future’ to participate as a pupil in the Class of 2020 with the ‘Class Act 2020 & The Round Table’ technology.
Speaking during the first day of the event, Chris Clayton, IT Customer Services Manager added: “I’m delighted that students and staff at Bradford College have enjoyed the event. It has been a very good and a fun day today!”
Jackie Robertshaw added: “There will be a whole new culture of teaching and learning for the next generation.”
The Carnival of Technologies will play a major role in transforming the ability for teaching practitioners and businesses to access key training and skills in the design, installation and maintenance of these new cutting edge technologies.
Rose Kane Head of I.T Services commenting on the success of the carnival said: “We’ve had an absolute ‘wow’ response from staff and students. We’re really proud to be hosting an event which is a hub for other educationalists to get together and share ideas about what’s going on - and what the potential is for the future! Over 40 suppliers have turned out today to demonstrate what lies ahead.”
For further information visit the website at: http://carnival.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/carnival-showcase/