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Hundreds of youngsters could soon be taught using new and emerging technologies as staff at Sunderland’s first academy go high tech.

Teachers at the city’s Academy 360 have signed up to take part in an innovative new action research programme that explores how twenty first century technology can be used in the classroom to assist learning. 

The programme, developed in partnership with the University of Hull, will encourage teachers to work with students to learn more about the new media that young people now consume and produce.  Teachers will investigate how new technologies, including the Apple iTouch, social networking tools like blogs, wikis, google docs, immersive worlds and gaming can be used to teach the new generation of learners.

Paul Prest, chief executive of Academy 360, said: “Academy 360 is working to provide a truly modern and innovative learning environment, where our teachers are constantly refreshing their skills to ensure that they are in touch with their students.  It is important that our teachers, as well as our young people, continue to learn and develop and this programme will allow them to do just that.

“This programme is part of a wider agenda of inspiring our community and presents a fantastic opportunity for Academy 360’s team to be part of a new learning process that will truly engage our young people, delivering a teaching approach that is centred around them.”

Academy 360 is Sunderland’s first super-school, and opened in September 2008.  It will move into its new custom built premises in September 2009.  The academy is sponsored by Sunderland-based people and property business, Gentoo, and co-sponsored by Sunderland City Council.  It is part of the first £120 million phase of Sunderland City Council's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative, designed to transform learning for the city's young people, through iconic design and cutting edge technology.

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