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BETT13 Press Release

Lawrence Williams supported by pupils from Bishop Ramsey School gave a presentation about their work with Scratch to a seminar at the prestigious IT Exhibition BETT13 held in January at the Excel Centre, London. The session began with an Interview with Bob Geldof (MirandaNet Archive site), followed by the pupils' presentation. Other items included a session on 'Re-engineering education' (MirandaNet Archive site) and 'Digital Publication'.

The full press release can be downloaded in Word (303MB) and viewed on the MirandaNet Archive site. This is the section about Scratch.

The ICT Curriculum
A key theme was the ICT curriculum. Notable amongst teachers’ presentations was Literacy from Scratch - a curriculum exchange between Dr Mirka Černochová from Charles University, Czech Republic and Lawrence Williams from Brunel University, working with Bishop Ramsey School, Ruislip, London. The project developing literacy skills in story telling, uses Scratch, an introductory programming language across the whole of the Year 8 mixed-ability group.

A Year 8 Bishop Ramsey student presents her story to teachers at BETT13

A pupil with Lawrence Williams explaining her story programmed in Scratch

Support materials for other teachers to use are also being written, tested, and developed at the school, and are being sent out for trials in the Czech Republic. The pupils who presented the stories they had programmed were awarded a World Ecitizens certificate for sharing their knowledge with others on this website for pupils’ publications.

Achieving a World Ecitizens' certificate for publication

Achieving a World Ecitizens’ certificate for publication