Throston pupils brush up on their IT skills

Throston primary school pupils Liam Coultas (left) and Dylan Maynard pictured at one of the new screens in the ICT room.
Throston primary school pupils Liam Coultas (left) and Dylan Maynard pictured at one of the new screens in the ICT room.

BUDDING producers and directors are honing their skills in school thanks to new state-of-the-art equipment in an ICT suite.

Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, Hartlepool, recently had its brand new digital suite kitted out with 31 iMac computers.

The suite has also been equipped with a green screen and animation equipment allowing pupils to show off their skills in video conferencing and movie projects.

Around £40,000 has been ploughed into the project as school staff ensure the talented children have the very best opportunity to make the most of their technological talents.

Children of all ages at the school now have the chance to make their own podcasts and present news bulletins.

Plans are also in place to contact a partner school in Taiwan and stay in touch with them using the new equipment.

Mark Atkinson, headteacher at the school, said: “As part of being one of the Northern Grid ICT School’s group we need to demonstrate what we use ICT in school for and this is a fine example.

“The opportunities for the children in the iMac suite are endless.

“It’s great experience for them and they are really enjoying using the equipment.”

Mr Atkinson said the children are showing great initiative in coming up with their own ideas for podcasts and school news bulletins.

The youngsters are even taking cameras out on their school trips with them and then uploading them on to the computers.

The school head added: “Some of the children recently spent a day in Beamish and came back and made a news bulletin about it.

“Children who are just seven-year-old are showing that they can make their own animation, it’s fantastic.

“They certainly have a bright future.”

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