16 December 2016
BCoT in line for top award for use of technology in teaching.
Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has had the quality of its use of technology in the classroom acknowledged by being shortlisted for a prestigious award by the Times Educational Supplement in its annual awards for 2016.
BCoT is one of eight colleges to be nominated for the award of “Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment” in these esteemed awards which acknowledge outstanding achievements in Further Education. BCoT’s entry focused on its leading work in using blended learning in the classroom which combines face to face interaction with students and online technology and apps. The College is also part of a county wide initiative to train Digital Apprentices who are at the forefront of designing e-learning solutions that enhance the students’ experience and support higher levels of achievement.
Principal, Anthony Bravo, feels strongly that a college of technology should be championing the use of technology to constantly improve the learning experience for students. He said: “The pace of change in communications technology today is incredible. At BCoT, we have already found that embracing these technologies has many benefits – from widening participation and engagement with all learners to giving tutors additional means to monitor a student’s progress.”
He continued: “As a college that focuses on the development of advanced technical skills – we are training the entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers of the future in a world where technology underpins all industries. Our students leave BCoT prepared for university and employment with technology skills that give them a real head start in the world.”
The TES (Times Education Supplement) Further Education Awards are now in their sixth year and celebrate the dedication of leading colleges, providers, teams and individual staff. A record number of entries were received for the fourteen award categories this year, giving the judges a really challenging task to narrow them down to a short list.
Apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon, who will be attending the Awards ceremony, described all the short-listed entrants as the ‘champions’ of further education. He said: “Further education is one of the most important tools we have to give millions of people the education, skills and jobs for the future. That’s why it’s important to celebrate our FE sector, and the excellent work that is going on in colleges across England delivering quality training.
“Congratulations to everyone up for an award at the TES FE Awards 2017. You are champions of further education and play a vital role in ensuring that people of all backgrounds get on the ladder of opportunity to fulfil their potential. Thank you also to TES for making these awards such a success.”
All those shortlisted are invited to a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Park Lane on 24 February, when the overall winners will be announced.
To read Anthony Bravo’s recent editorial pieces on the use of technology in education, please select the links below: