College Shortlisted for Technical Innovation

Preston’s College has been shortlisted for a prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Standard Award, recognising the College’s effective implementation of technology in the classroom.

The College has been shortlisted for the ‘Effective use of Technology in Further Education’ award after the College’s E-Learning team highlighted ways that new technologies, such as 360° camera and mobile 3D scanners, have improved teaching and learning.

Preston’s College will now go head-to-head with 11 other education providers from across the UK for the award.

The non-profit organisation’s Beacon Standard Awards celebrates the best and most innovative learning practices among UK further education providers.

Shortlisted colleges across the country were required to meet the AoC’s 2018/19 Beacon Standard by demonstrating a high level of innovation, impact and sustainability of their teaching and learning methods.

Now in its 24th year, the awards provide FE colleges the opportunity to outline reasons they should be commended for their practices across eight awards categories.

Frank McHale, eLearning Developer at Preston’s College, said: “We have used a range of innovative, yet easy to use, equipment in the classroom to support staff and learners in the creation of fantastic new resources.

“The new technologies have become an integral resource to support learner development and progression across many curriculum areas; it is widely used in lessons as an engaging and interactive tool.

“It’s important that we take a proactive approach to educational change by bridging the gap between textbook and technology.”

Respective finalists will be announced at the Association of Colleges Conference and Exhibition dinner in Birmingham, taking place in November 2018.

The winners will be announced at the Tes FE Awards, in association with the Aoc Beacon Awards, taking place in London in March 2019.

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