Two schools in Swansea have been congratulated for advancing the standard of education provisions through their innovative use of digital technologies.
Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews heaped praise on Olchafa Comprehensive and Casllwchwr Primary School in the Welsh city for their innovative use of technology.
Both schools have won awards in recognition of their approach to digital education methods, while at Casllwchwr teachers have seen pupils at Key Stage 2 improve their attainment during the past 12 months.
Visiting the schools to see how they put their ideas into practice, Mr Andrews said: "Olchfa and Casllwchwr schools have demonstrated what can be achieved through intelligent use of digital technologies."
"Both schools have placed great emphasis on high quality, accessible digital classroom content that meets the needs of both teachers and pupils. They have also led the way in sharing best practice with others."
In 2010, secondary teachers at Olchfa Comprehensive saw their school awarded the BECTA ICT Mark in acknowledgement of its use of digital technologies in the classroom.
All those in teaching jobs at the school as well as their students use Google Apps, while Apple software is also utilised in subjects such as art and music to enhance the learning process.
At Casllwchwr Primary School, meanwhile, teachers have adopted mobile devices as part of their programme, helping foster skills for the 21st century among their pupils.
The work saw the school awarded the NAACE Third Millenium Learning Award earlier in January while the scheme's success led to more than 60 Welsh schools visiting the primary to share its experience.
Meanwhile, the secondary teachers at Casllwchwr are helping to mentor other schools for separate local authorities to help them benefit from digital technologies and have written a blueprint of their experience.
This use of digital materials could soon increase if Apple has its way. The computer giant announced last week that it planned to revolutionise the text book industry and empower teachers with new facilities using applications designed for its iPad and iPhone.
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