UTC Reading named as technology trailblazer
UTC Reading has been identified as a technology trailblazer as it joins a global network of Microsoft Showcase Schools.
The showcase status recognises that the school is using technology in new ways to engage students and improve teaching, learning and assessment.
Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, said: “Microsoft Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose driven innovation to build connection, motivate students and to create community in and out of school.
“These schools are truly transforming learning and providing a more personalised education to students; empowering them to achieve more.”
The status follows visits by the Microsoft education team to discover more about how technology is used at UTC Reading.
Among the school’s special features, students in computer science study towards industry specific qualifications such as Microsoft IT Academy. All students have access to personal laptops equipped with the latest Mircosoft applications and staff and students share documents and other work via One Drive, which is hosted in the Cloud.
Having been awarded the status the school, which provides a curriculum specialising in computer science and engineering for 14-19 year olds, will host visits enabling school and college leaders to share good practice.
Joanne Harper, Principal at UTC Reading, said: “Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is a great recognition of the passion that our staff have for creating the best possible learning environments. Our students are being prepared for careers in digital industries and it is essential that they have the skills that will enable them to compete and be successful.
“We look forward to working alongside other schools to develop innovative ways to equip our students with the tools needed for their future careers.”
UTC Reading now joins a global network of 400 Microsoft Showcase Schools. As a member, it will benefit from insights into the latest technologies through regional and global events, online communities and mentoring for staff and students.