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London academy presents pioneering digital work

SEN students at Orchard Hill College display work at drop in event in Virgin Money Lounge

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 08, 2016 | School life

An event showcasing the pioneering digital work being carried out at Orchard Hill College, London, was staged at a Virgin Lounge this week.

The celebration revealed a range of digital resources and innovations designed by special needs students at Orchard Hill College (OHC).

The trailblazing work puts Orchard Hill at the cutting edge in developing commercial products ­- created by special needs students. 

Caroline Allen, chief executive officer and principal, said: “This unique event supported by leaders from digital media companies to showcase an innovation created by our students means Orchard Hill College is leading the way in developing commercial innovation generated by the creativity of students with special needs.”

Along with college students, Simon Gale, head of digital learning will be demonstrating Contour -  designed by students for students to track their learning journey. "The app puts the user at the centre of the experience, so it doesn’t just show the journey, it tells the journey," explained Simon. "Contour enables and empowers students to have autonomy over their own learner journey. They are able to present their work more independently through the portfolio."

As well as Dr Allen, students from Carew Academy, Young People’s Academy and Orchard Hill were all involved in Contour.

Singled out for mention are students Harry and Abigail who were key participants in the creation of Contour. "They gave feedback on designs and assisted in various development phases of the product," said Mr Gale.

Guests at the drop in event the Virgin Money Lounge, Eagle Place, got the chance to try out some of the software. Special guest speaker, Jamie MacDonald, CPO at MindWave Ventures, opened the event.

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