'Digital leaders' are a group of senior pupils who help support and develop the use of ICT throughout school. Each year they organise an ICT Club for pupils in P4, planning and leading activities with support from Miss Marshall, our ICT coordinator. They also carry out some practical activities in the ICT Suite - looking after equipment and organising noticeboard displays.
Our newly appointed Digital Leaders for 2016/17 include:- Oliver Billing, Codey Catherwood, Mark Glenn, Niamh Long, Max McClintock, Rachael McNamee, Matthew Meredith, Nina Monson, Jonathan Power and Ellé Skillen.
On 28th October our team of Digital Leaders headed off to W5 to take part in 'Digital Leader Labs', a new event organised by iTeach. It was a really busy day with lots of different activities taking place. We began with a workshop on app design. We worked with children from Rathcoole PS to create ideas for potential apps and presented our proposals to Patrick McGrath who is the boss of iTeach. We then created some publicity for our proposed apps. This workshop was followed by one on digital badge design; this was one of our favourite parts of the day! We used the apps Assembly and Explain Everything to create a digital 'Digital Leader' badge. After this it was time for lunch. We were really fortunate to be assigned a lunch space with a view! We were able to look out at Belfast Loch and Titanic Belfast as we enjoyed having lunch together.
After lunch it was time for some coding. We used the Lightning Labs app along with some Sphero robots to complete some challenges. It was definitely tricky! However we didn't give up & quickly learned how to program the Sphero. The day finished off with a 'Kidsmeet'. Some of our team shared how we'd help to run a series of events during EU Code Week. Presenting in front of so many people was a little nerve-wracking but we did it! Overall it was a great day out which helped us learn lots of new skills.