Grove School pupils get creative for avatar competition

The Grove School in Tweedmouth was one of five winners of a countywide competition to design a digital avatar.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 05 February, 2016, 11:10
Penny Derries, head at The Grove School

Pupils from across Northumberland were asked to design accessories to personalise their School360 digital avatars as part of the competition.

More than 1,200 entries were submitted by pupils aged four to 17 with unique designs for avatar outfits and pets.

Users have their own avatar characters on the School360 learning platform, which provides a bank of online learning resources for teachers and pupils to use both at home and in the classroom.

Digital avatars are linked to a unique behaviour rewards system which allows teachers to reward pupils with points to be spent on accessories for their characters.

The five winners were pupils from Bedlington Whitley Memorial School; The Sele First School; Belsay First School; Meadowdale Academy; and The Grove School. They each received a £50 iTunes voucher or book voucher for their school.

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A number of Designer of Merit winners were also selected to receive a special certificate. All of the winners had their designs digitised by specialists at Shoofly Publishing for use on the School360 system.

Councillor Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “It was great to see so many talented young people of all ages taking part in the avatar competition.

“The digital avatars and behaviour rewards system have proved to be very popular with students and have been a great way to motivate them at school.

“The platform is an innovative way to engage students and we’re delighted that it is becoming increasingly popular with teachers and pupils alike.”