This year Talbot Heath school is proud to announce further exciting developments in IT; namely the on-site Genius Bar, situated in the senior school, which opened at the start of January. No drinks are on offer, instead plenty of help, training and advice is being served to pupils and staff, on a range of topics, related to both iPad and apps, (the bar is similar to the helpdesks found in Apple stores.) The specially selected Digital Geniuses will be staffing the bar and will be trained on using a plethora of essential educational apps, with all ‘staff’ recognised by their distinctive badges. The Digital Geniuses are also available within lessons to assist other pupils and staff and have received special training, equipment and educational visits to help them to fulfil their role.
In addition is the exciting announcement that Talbot Heath has been selected as an Apple Regional Training Centre; meaning TH is one of only a few schools in the UK, and the only secondary school in Dorset, to receive this accolade. It displays the staff's commitment to pedagogy, sharing best practice and displays the position in the local community to support, enhance and transform teaching and learning outcomes. The school is looking forward to continuing and enhancing the relationship with Apple and local institutions, to further develop the facilities and mark its place at the forefront of educational technology. The staff are also looking forward to working with pupils, parents, peers at other institutions and eventually the wider community.
The third application period to apply to become a Digital Genius will be open between 23rd January - 6th February. Pupils need to submit a written application (using the form available on the school intranet live 23rd January), and upload an instructional video on how to use a specific iPad app. Applications will be judged by Mrs Maule (E-Learning Manager) and Mr Reidy (Head of ICT) and successful applicants will be announced in assembly w/c 6th February.