Primary school's ICT project can help tourism!

By Contributed Item in Local People

Pupils from Barry Island Primary School have designed a ‘quick response’ code story trail around Barry Island in a bid to boost local tourism.

The children came up with the idea after being asked to develop an ICT project that would promote their work and the local area. It involves QR codes being placed around the island that, when scanned by a mobile phone, link to a page on the school’s website with information about that particular feature.

There are eight codes in all, located at St Barac’s Church, the Lighthouse, Jackson’s Bay, Nell’s Point, the Fairground, Whitmore Bay, Friars Point and Old Harbour/Watch Tower Bay.

Headteacher Matthew Gilbert said: “The aim is to celebrate local history, key locations and embrace children’s imaginations. The children wanted to help bring tourists to the area and utilise the fantastic new wifi put in place by Dave Vining, our chair of governors, and the ICT team at the Vale Council.

“It was decided to tie the project in with healthy schools initiatives for increasing physical activity and enhancing outdoor learning. We feel it is an exciting opportunity to share children’s writing and create a buzz around Barry Island for all ages.

“A project of this magnitude will give the new generation of tourists an exciting and innovative method of visiting the Island.”

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