Tameside teacher makes the grade for national program

A TAMESIDE teacher who has embraced technology to help his pupils in the classroom has earned a place on a global scheme.

Stuart Plaskitt, who works at Hyde’s Greenfield Primary Academy has been accepted on to the Apple Distinguished Educator program.

In a video in which he showcased how he uses technology to engage and improve rates of progress in the classroom, the Year Three teacher highlighted how iPads can be used to break down barriers some groups of children can face in the classroom.

He also showed how children can use apps like iMovie to summarise and present their learning in a fun and exciting way.

Now he will travel from Queen Street to attend the ADE (Apple Distinguished Educators) conference at Reading, Berkshire – one of only three taking place on the planet – in the first week of August.

Mr Plaskitt said: “It is a real honour to be accepted onto the program.

“I have always believed that the innovative use of technology in the classroom can have a long-term impact on a child’s achievements.

“I am not only excited to share what we do at Greenfield with the wider Apple community, but also to learn from other educators around the world.”

Greenfield Primary Academy is part of The Harmony Trust where all Key Stage Two children (Years 3-6) are loaned an individual iPad and given access to Microsoft Office, as well as a variety of educational platforms to help children to enhance their learning and prepare for the digital world.

And chief executive Antony Hughes said: “We are delighted to see the fantastic work at Greenfield Primary Academy being recognised.

“This is testament to Mr Plaskitt’s exciting use of technology in the classroom and exactly what we envisioned when we launched our HTML (Harnessing Technology, Maximising Learning) strategy in 2021.

“Technology is there to complement and enhance our existing excellence in teaching and learning and we are very proud of his achievement.”

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