Tech Factor 2016 – Winners announcement!

Over the last 6 months, entries have been pouring in for our BT Business Direct Tech Factor competition.

Pupils and teachers from across the UK have been filming, directing and editing their own 3-minute videos to show us just how they’d spend £10,000 on technology to enhance learning in their school.

With three times the number of entries to get through as last year, our BT Business Direct judges locked themselves in a room for 4 days, with nothing but popcorn and fizzy drinks for
sustenance. They then began the difficult task of choosing the winning videos.

After much laughing, crying, and disagreement, a hotly contested shortlist was drawn up before reinforcements from the BT Business Direct Leadership Team were drafted in for the deliberations to decide the winners.

This year we had 3 fantastic prizes to give away:

  • 1st Prize: £10,000 Best overall winner
  • 2nd Prize: £5,000 Runner-up Key Stage 1-2 school entry
  • 2nd Prize: £5,000 Runner-up Key Stage 3-4 school entry

And the winners are!

1st Prize – Little Heath Secondary School

Little Heath Secondary School wowed us with their plans to use VR to enable their pupils to visit new and exciting places. We were really impressed by their idea to use VR to bring the world of work to life and enable them to enhance their work experience within the safety of their school environment. We can’t wait to help Little Heath realise their dream and use their idea as an example of how to open up possibilities and new opportunities to their young people through technology.

Runner-up KS 1-2 – Grange Park Primary School

The video from Grange Park Primary highlighted how much they’d achieved with their limited resources. They demonstrated that with just a little help from BT Business Direct they could transform how technology was used in their school and how it would transform the way pupils learn. We really liked how all year groups and teachers got involved and worked together to produce their entry. We can’t wait to see what they create once they’ve spent their prize money.

Runner-up Prize KS 3-4 – Devonport High School for Boys

Extremely well produced and narrated, the entry from Devonport High School for Boys showed how they were currently using technology and how they’d spend the prize money on improving their learning environment even further. Far beyond the classroom, a school radio, ‘THINKSPACE’ collaborative coding club and plans to build their own hardware in-house show Devonport High School understand how technology can be used to engage students and get them excited about learning.

Our friends at Microsoft were so impressed by the standard of the entries, that they awarded another special prize to a short-listed school they loved – North Cadbury Primary School.
This special Microsoft prize is a Tablet Academy day for their school to enjoy when they’re ready.

We want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered this year and say congratulations to the 12 schools who made it on to our shortlist. Aside from the above winners and runners-up they were:

  • Westquarter Primary School
  • Tarporley High School
  • Stretton Sugwas C of E Academy
  • Loughton School
  • St Peter’s Primary School
  • Moorthorpe Primary School
  • Wildern School
  • Cottesbrooke Junior School

We’ve had a fantastic time judging the competition and were continually impressed with the quality and creativity of all the entries. Tech Factor will return in 2017, so start thinking about your entry for next year and keep your eye on our blog for the launch.

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