Teachers Are New Pupils at Hi-Tech Centre
Byline: By Cathy Spencer
School launches computer training for region's staff
Teachers are going back to school to learn more about computers at a state-of-the-art training centre.
Hermitage School in Chester-le-Street has opened a training centre which will help teachers get up to speed on the latest technology.
The centre was opened by Kevan Jones, the MP for North Durham, and is now taking bookings from schools across the region.
Hermitage School made a successful bid to the Specialist Schools Trust earlier this year to become the regional ICT training centre for teacher training. Teachers often find they have been left in the dark over new technology and that their pupils know more than they do - but that is soon going to change for teachers in the region.
The new facilities at the Hermitage School will be used primarily for training teachers in ICT, but when they are not being used for this, sixth formers will also be able to work in the rooms.
The new cutting-edge facility, which was installed by computer specialists XMA, has 30 Toshiba wireless laptops, plus other state-of-the-art equipment, such as interactive whiteboards and digital colour printers.
The aim of the centre, which has involved the conversion of two classrooms, is to provide a resource where teachers can be taught how to make the most out of ICT in the classroom, using the latest hardware and educational software packages.
Ron Hinshaw, the school's assistant headteacher and ICT co-ordinator, believes the new centre will be a great asset for the school. He said: "This is a tremendous facility for the school to have. …