It's no surprise that the Tecxitement Room was shortlisted for the BCSE 'Excellence in the use of Technology" award recently.

Wednesday 14th September saw the launch of Haringey's Tecxitement Room, an innovative classroom packed full of the latest technology to engage and inspire learners. It's no surprise that the Tecxitement Room was shortlisted for the BCSE 'Excellence in the use of Technology" award recently. Find out more on the ICT for Education web site.

The Tecxitement Room

Located in Heartlands High School, Wood Green, the Tecxitement Room is filled with an inspiring mixture of the latest technology (such as green screen film kit, stop motion animation, Macs and iPads) and innovative furniture (including table tops made of recycled yoghurt pots), the entire room has been designed for pupils by pupils.

What's great about the Tecxitement Room is not only that students have led the design process but that it's a great example of how schools across the borough are collaborating – sharing both ideas and resources.

Haringey schools are really getting the most from their BSF contract through this central resource where schools can bring small groups or whole classes of students into the room.  They can use the equipment and inspire new ideas before making any further investment decisions themselves.  What's more, as part of the RM Managed Service, schools are able to use ICT equipment to its full potential, focusing on teaching and learning, without having to worry about whether everything will work properly.

Councillor Lorna Reith, Haringey Council's Cabinet Member for Children, opened the room and commented:

The Tecxitement Room is an excellent way of making sure young people are fully involved with their learning.  They're not just being talked to; they can experiment and explore their own ideas using the fantastic equipment.  Teachers and school children can also easily share ideas and work closely on projects.  ICT has a really important role in driving up standards of achievement, so I'm delighted that this partnership with our schools and RM Education, has managed to create such an innovative resource.

The Tecxitement Room will continue to be developed beyond the initial launch; budget has been set aside to ensure that technology can be updated and that innovation can stay alive. Read

P.S. It's often hard to know where to start when developing innovative solutions for teaching and learning. Watch a short video showing how the Tecxitement Room was realised by students and staff.

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