Pupils get creative for competition

Design by a Whitley Memorial School pupil.
Design by a Whitley Memorial School pupil.

Pupils from across Northumberland have been getting creative with designs to customise a ground breaking learning platform used by schools across the county.

School pupils were asked to design accessories to personalise their School360 digital avatars as part of a countywide competition.

More than 1,200 entries were submitted by pupils aged four to 17 with unique designs for avatar outfits and pets.

Users have their own avatar characters on the School360 learning platform which provides a bank of online learning resources for teachers and pupils to use both at home and in the classroom.

The five winners are pupils from Bedlington Whitley Memorial School, The Sele First School, Belsay First School, Meadowdale Academy and The Grove School.

A number of ‘Designer of Merit’ winners were also selected to receive a special certificate. All of the winners had their designs digitised by specialists at Shoofly Publishing for use on the School360 system.

All of the avatar winners and runners up have had their designs transformed into digital images which are now available for thousands of pupils and teachers to enjoy.

Councillor Robert Arckless, Cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “It was great to see so many talented young people of all ages taking part in the avatar competition.

“The digital avatars and behaviour rewards system have proved to be very popular with students and have been a great way to motivate them at school.”

“At the end of last year users logged onto School360 more than 30,000 times per month, using the platform to access a huge range of learning resources and eBooks.

“The platform is an innovative way to engage students and we’re delighted that it is becoming increasingly popular with teachers and pupils alike.”