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Student Made National Digital Champion

Updated: 03/07/2015

A Sheffield College student has been appointed as a national digital champion.

Student Made National Digital Champion

Pictured: Sheffield College student Adam Ali, 16, is a national digital champion.

A Sheffield College student has been appointed as a national digital champion.

Adam Ali is one of 12 young people chosen for the student digital champion programme, funded and delivered by CAE Technology Services, Hertfordshire. 

Adam, aged 16, is completing an Information and Communications Technology Foundation Level 1 course by Edexcel at The Sheffield College City campus, Granville Road. 

He will spend a year in the digital champion role and explore what students want from technology, and what they expect from the teachers who are using it.

Adam said: “It’s a great opportunity for me to explore the latest technology and developments in the industry, and how they can help students at the College.”

Adam was selected after submitting a video application, which impressed the programme’s judges. In his video proposal Adam spoke about how wearable technology, such as smart watches, has the potential to influence education in the future including the simple videoing of tasks, for example, for apprenticeships. 

Adam is currently creating a YouTube review for the use of video-recording eyewear that may be trialled with animal care students next year to evidence their skills, such as grooming, in video-laden e-portfolios.

Graeme Hathaway, Assistant Principal, Learning Improvement and Innovation, The Sheffield College, said: “This is a great opportunity for Adam to build on his existing skills and knowledge, make links with the technology industry and feed back recommendations to the College on how to enhance the student experience.” 

Justin Carling, Managing Director, CAE Technology Services, said: “At CAE Technology Services we are proud to have Adam Ali as one of our digital champions, and we wish him every success for his studies at The Sheffield College and in his future career. Adam’s interest in wearable tech, and the uses it can be put to, show the sort of vision and passion for technology that we at CAE share. The digital champion role will allow Adam to further develop his knowledge, and we are very happy to support and congratulate him at the beginning of an exciting journey.”

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