McKinney ICT Microgrant Award
By Ballyclare High School on 8 May, 2018
Lynn Smith, Special Educational Needs Coordinator in Ballyclare High School has been announced as the fourth winner of the McKinney Microgrant Award. This scheme is designed to encourage and promote innovative use of ICT at grassroots classroom level that will have a positive impact on the pupils’ learning. Mrs Smith applied to use the microgrant to purchase a scanner pen, which will enable pupils with an identified special educational need(s) with their note taking and/or revision. The award is sponsored by former Head of RE and ICT Strategy Leader Edgar McKinney, himself an innovative educator, who led the school through the Specialist School programme for ICT from 2008. Mr G Shaw, the current ICT strategy leader in school, commented that “The McKinney Microgrant Award is a superb initiative that gives all teachers and departments in school a little bit of a financial boost to go about purchasing new hardware or software that will initiate deeper learning in our pupils and ultimately help them achieve in their external examinations”. The next award will take place next academic year and already is hotly applied for.