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Published Monday 17th of December 2012 01:04:23 PM

ACS Cobham students head to education technology festival
Fifteen students from ACS Cobham International School attended a two day Hackathon organised by the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London, as part of the London Festival of Education. Cobham�s Java programming students joined other groups of secondary school pupils set the challenge of using technology to grapple with the event�s theme, �re-designing their education.�

Students worked alongside dedicated teachers and experts from academia and industry to design and develop prototypes illustrating how technology has the potential to transform education. Part of the London Festival of Education, Hackfest encourages students to apply their computer-programming skills to a range of problem-solving activities across the course of the two day event.

ACS Cobham students already had a head start preparing for Hackfest through special computer programming workshops, where the team worked on developing Arduino mobile apps.

The European Council of International Schools Tech Conference in March 2013, hosted by ACS Cobham, will also challenge delegates to embrace the transformative powers of technology by embedding advances into classroom teaching.

Joey Talbot, a Hackfest attendee and ACS Cobham student commented:

"Hackfest was a really great event and I was able to work with professionals and fellow students to create a video game for educational purposes. I look forward to working on this project in the future beyond Hackfest 2012."

Patricia Davies, ACS Cobham High School�s Head of Computer Science added:

�Events like these are really important as they inspire students to look at problem-solving in creative and innovative ways, applying skills like hacking to areas which may not be obvious such as creating technology for the classroom. By fully integrating technology into the classroom, like encouraging students to use mobile devices, increases engagement levels and enhances the learning experience.�

Students studying the International Baccalaureate New Media course at ACS Cobham filmed the event and these videos are now available to watch on the ACS Cobham website.
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