Learners Y Factor

The winners of this Learners Y Factor 2008 was Radstock Primary School!


Learners Y Factor with Johnny Ball

Young learners presented the work where they are doing something innovative, different and interesting that gives their learning the “Y” factor.

They shared their stories with a large audience and entered this fun game where the final was held in London on Monday 13th October as part of the Handheld Learning Conference 2008.

In association with Becta's "Next Generation Learning" initiative, Learners Y Factor was an opportunity to showcase the innovation and ingenuity being demonstrated amongst young learners using mobile or ubiquitous technologies in their learning.

It's all about the fun of learning in new and exciting ways. Winners won prizes including game consoles, computers and mp3 players. 

Entries were from individuals or teams of up to 4 members and aged between 6 and 16 years by October 2008.

Entries were reviewed and those successful were invited to London to present their work to a panel of (friendly) judges and a live audience with Johnny Ball (pictured) as compere. Those invited also received gifts and the entry that, in the opinion of the judges and audience, demonstrated the most “Y” factor was invited to present in the main Handheld Learning Conference. See video

This years contestants were:

Schome Park - a closed island in the virtual world of Second Life® (link)
Uplands Manor Primary School, Birmingham - using Wii Tri Golf and Tennis in school sports (link)
Scargill Junior School, Essex - 4W Portuguse Dictionary, learning Portuguse on a Sony PSP
Radstock Primary School, Reading - Learning with a difference via the Uniservity learning platform (link)
Alice Parkin - Fanfiction, LiveJournal and other online communities

It was a fabulous afternoon with fun for all!

Look out for next years, "Learners Y Factor"!