Charnwood College students visit Google UK

Students and staff from Charnwood College joined nine other DRET academies for a visit to Google UK's offices last week.


The event, which brought together primary, secondary and Sixth Form students from across the Trust, was the perfect opportunity to find out more about the skills young people will need to prepare for future careers in technology.


As part of the session, students experienced a Virtual Reality tour of the solar system, the International Space Station and World War I trenches as part of Google Expeditions. This was just one example of some of the technologies Google believes will become increasingly important in the coming years.


Guy Shearer, Head of IT at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “It was a real privilege for our students to meet experts from Google and find out more about the new technologies that are going to influence their futures.”


Working alongside DRET governors and trustees, the students also had the chance to contribute to the Trust’s vision for the use of technology across our academies.


In one workshop, staff and students thought about the skills teaching staff will need in the coming years and came together to compare their ideas. After much debate, everyone agreed that they would like teachers to retain the strengths of their current role whilst adapting to take full advantage of what new technology can offer.


Students also considered what life will be like in academies in a few years time, applying ideas about how mobile technologies and machine learning can improve education whilst still retaining the best features of today’s education.


Guy Shearer continued: “In the Trust’s strategic plan Trustees made eLearning a key priority, with the aim of making DRET a leading MAT in the area.


“We have already started an ambitious programme to develop eLearning across our Trust, which has included the introduction of over 100 Star Classrooms, which promote best practice and the sharing of teaching and learning expertise.


“This event was another key opportunity for our students to be actively involved in how we shape the eLearning provision across our academies. I would like to thank Google for hosting what was a fantastic day.”