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Aberdare families go back to school for Digital Day event

Digital Communities Wales has recently worked with a school in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, to encourage more families to embrace digital technology.

A Digital Day event was staged at St Margaret’s primary school, as part of work to develop a new Cloud 9 initiative in the County Borough. Cloud 9 is an initiative that began in Caerphilly, but which has spread to other local authority areas since. It’s an initiative that supports families to get more out of digital technology, by working with schools so pupils and their families learn together. This also improves access to equipment and further learning opportunities.

The school invited parents and grandparents to a digital event, where children showcased the technology they use within the classroom in order to highlight the importance of being digitally able when supporting a child’s learning and development. The event was supported by local partners including RCT Homes, RCT County Borough Council Libraries service – Aberdare Library – and local company Computer Recyclers.

Parents and grandparents who wanted to learn more were encouraged to sign up for a three week training course, delivered by RCT Homes in Aberdare Library. The course was attended by five participants and covered topics such as internet safety, saving money online and online shopping.

Joanna Taylor, Head teacher, St Margaret’s RC School said: “We, as a school, were extremely keen to get involved with the project as being able to use technology is an important skill for our children.

We were happy to showcase the technology used in the classroom and raise awareness of the importance of being digitally able. We feel it is vital for parents to have the skills required continue to support their children with digital technology outside of the classroom.

The day pushed me to attend the computer classes put on by RCT Homes so I can help my nieces and nephews to stay safe when they go online

The Cloud 9 model worked well. The children loved showing off their digital skills and the parents enjoyed a tour of the digital technology used throughout the school. The day was a great success and resulted in a number of parents and grandparents attending additional training sessions delivered in Aberdare Library by RCT Homes.”

Linda, St Margaret’s RC School Cloud 9 Day participant said:
“I was shocked at how much my niece uses technology in school. It was great to watch the children show off their skills on the tablets and laptops. The day pushed me to attend the computer classes put on by RCT Homes so I can help my nieces and nephews to stay safe when they go online.”