Classroom Sucess Brings Google Spotlight to Wigan UTC

Google for Education roadshow visits ‘Lighthouse School’ following transformation of teaching and learning through smart technology.

Google’s Education Roadshow has been in residence at Wigan UTC Academy this week, as local educators had the opportunity to experience first-hand what Google technology has to offer classrooms and teachers.

Wigan UTC is one of Google for Education’s Lighthouse Schools, and was chosen as a host school for the roadshow thanks to its seamless integration of Google applications in its classrooms.

Teachers and education innovators from the surrounding area were invited to visit Google’s pop-up classroom at Wigan UTC to get hands-on with the software, ask questions and learn from their peers.

Liz Sproat, Google’s Head of Education in Europe said: “Our Lighthouse Schools are fantastic examples of the impact technology can have in the classroom. In today’s world, technology is everywhere. Businesses and infrastructure are constantly evolving to embrace technology and education should be no different. The UK’s education system must stay on the cutting edge of technology in order to provide the best education possible for young people today.”

And while visitors had the chance to see the technology in action, students from Wigan UTC were treated to a lesson in coding and digital skills by engineering presenter Fran Scott. Scott’s acclaimed computer science show, ‘#ERROR404’, highlights the importance of coding and saw students creating controlled explosions amongst other coding experiments.

Gary Nelson, Executive Principal at Wigan UTC Academy, said: Our partnership with Google Education has helped to facilitate the excellent teaching environment we have at Wigan UTC and we’re proud to be a Lighthouse School.

“The UK is facing a well-reported and recognised digital skills shortage and we aim to play our part in closing the gap. The roadshow has proved an excellent opportunity, for our students to develop their coding and digital skills, as they work towards becoming the engineers of the future.”

Wigan UTC Academy is a member of the Bright Futures Educational Trust. The North West partnership of schools aims to provide a quality education that opens up real choices for each of its pupils.