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PUBLISHED: 09:15 08 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:40 05 July 2010

SCHOOLS and colleges in the Lowestoft area are determined to make the best possible use of the latest technology to improve the education of young learners and at the same time boost the employment prospects of local businesses.

SCHOOLS and colleges in the Lowestoft area are determined to make the best possible use of the latest technology to improve the education of young learners and at the same time boost the employment prospects of local businesses.

On Friday a seminar was held at the Aspire Centre, at Denes High School, Lowestoft, entitled “Harnessing Technology - Delivering the Future for Learners”.

Guest speaker was Professor Steve Molyneaux who is one of the UK's key players in eLearning and making the most of the latest information technology.

At the seminar Professor Molyneaux talked about making the most of techologies that students are currently using including podcasting and social networking sites.

“We should be making the best positive use of the IT features that pupils are using for social reasons. There is no reason why podcasts and networking sites cannot have an educational purpose,” he said.

Professor Molyneux said that similar schemes were already working in the Liverpool area and he was convinced they would prove equally successful in north Suffolk.

The seminar was organised by Evelyn Hicks, deputy headteacher at Denes, and was attended by representatives from schools and colleges across north Suffolk.

Mrs Hicks said that while Cambridge and Ipswich were seemed to be linked by a “high-tech” corridor it was felt that Lowestoft could be lagging behind.

“This is why we are trying to get schools together to form a partnership that will use technology in more creative and exciting ways to shape and deliver the future for learners. As well as engaging schools and training providers I would urge businesses in Lowestoft to support us to develop the appropriate IT infrastructure so that we can all gain from the impact that the effective use of ICT can have on our lives and on our learning.

“This will in turn benefit businesses in our town and stimulate economic growth,” she said.

It is hoped that schools in the north Suffolk area will link up with a company from the north west of England, MGL, who have an excellent track record in working alongside schools and bringing ideas to fruition.

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