Fourteen pupils from various schools in Derry have been presented with a Microsoft Surface Tablet from Ilex.
The initiative, which was led in partnership with Foyle Learning Community, presented the tablets after a second online survey was conducted to determine how young people access digital media.
The online survey was rolled out to all post primary schools in the Derry City Council area.
In recognition of the schools’ participation, Ilex has presented 14 Microsoft Surface Tablets, one to a pupil from each of the 14 post primary schools that took part.
Ilex’s chair Philip Flynn said “The city’s primary asset is its young people and our future competitive position will be defined by their abilities in digital media. A 2013 Europe-wide survey on ICT in Education identified the critical importance of balancing formal learning in school, with informal learning at home, to prepare young people for the rapidly changing digital workplace. In fact, this report suggests that in some European countries, students’ digital media skills far exceed those of their teachers.
“We are delighted that over 3,000 young people to date have completed the digital survey, and first results show that 97% of respondents have internet access at home. Ilex will now work alongside local schools to extend home e-learning and upskill our young people.