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Thursday, 23 July 2015 (3068484)
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by Tom Martin

A BOOTLE teacher was one of only six others from across the UK to be selected for a week-long technology course in America.

Philip Nottingham, from Springwell Park Primary School, jetted off to Washington earlier this month to take part in the exclusive Discovery Education's Summer Institute.

The group were given tips for ‘digital integration' for the modern classroom and different ways that technology can help a pupil's education.

Philip, who enjoys building his own computers in his spare time, was selected in part due to his work at the Bootle school.

To be considered for Discovery Education’s Summer Institute, Philip shared his best practices and how he transformed teaching and learning in his school through a written summary and a two-minute video.

He said: “I was amazed and overwhelmed to be selected for Discovery Education’s Summer Institute. I am most proud of our staff development on the new computing curriculum through our use of team teaching. My colleagues observed me delivering Discovery Education Coding and then I supported them with follow up lessons. This practice has been in place for two years and there has been a recognised improvement in staff confidence in the teaching of computing.”

Discovery Education encourages educators in attendance to network with one another, share techniques and lesson ideas, and build an international support system.

Christine Major, Director of Discovery Education’s Professional Development said: “Discovery Education’s Summer Institute is a fully immersive Professional Development experience, like no other. It’s a truly collaborative event that recognises teacher’s great work in the classroom and beyond. We’re delighted to sponsor our UK teachers, to connect them with like-minded innovators and give them a platform to share best practices on a global stage”. 


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