Little Cayman Connected
‘live in London’
The tide is changing as Cayman’s Sister Islands are leading their larger sibling in the application of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a learning tool in classrooms.
Through its ongoing partnership with world-renowned education innovations expert, Professor Stephen Heppell (www.heppell.net) the Education Ministry recently launched a project in the Little Cayman Education Centre, providing the perfect antidote to its relatively remote location by connecting its students to others around the world via state-of-the-art technology. At the heart of this project is a drive towards adopting fresh teaching styles and new applications of technology to engage children in their learning.
Little Cayman’s Students are making videos and music, blogging and sharing their work with parents, peers and newfound cyber-friends at Stepping Stones School in the UK (www.steppingstones.org.uk), whose resident ICT expert, Jonathan Furness (www.jonathansblog.net), visited Cayman to install the equipment personally. Jonathan has been pushing the boundaries of ICT in education with Professor Heppell for many years and instantly recognized the synergy between the two schools’ situations, which would make them ‘perfect partners’.
Early on Monday 22nd October, the Little Cayman Education Centre will use this technology to connect by live video feed to the ‘Be Very Afraid 4’ event in London (www.londongamesfestival.co.uk), the UK’s national annual showcase for digital creativity among school students which is organised by the world-famous British film academy, BAFTA (www.bafta.org). The Education Minister will also ‘beam in’ to put Cayman firmly in the center of the international stage for its use of technology in learning. Look out for this in Cayman’s media.
See the children at work on the Little Cayman ICT project on Cayman’s education innovation blog, http://buildingexcellencetogether.blogspot.com.