IGGY, Warwick’s online educational and social network for gifted young people, has been shortlisted as a finalist for a BETT Award in the ICT Tools for Teaching and Learning category.
IGGY is a key part of Warwick’s efforts to reach gifted students across the world. In 2012, the University launched IGGY.net; a global online community of gifted young people giving members aged 13-18 access to interactive educational resources and allowing them to work with top academics, student mentors and other gifted young people from around the world. IGGY offers young people a platform to exchange ideas, debate, learn and explore in a safe environment. The site focuses on providing stretching content in core subjects of Maths, English, Science, History, Politics and Life Skills but also covers a wide range of other subjects.
The BETT Awards celebrate and reward innovation in technology for education, and are considered to be the most prestigious in the education sector. Every year judges, comprised of leaders in education, look for organisations and products that show a clear understanding of the sector and its needs.
Adrian Hall, IGGY’s Managing Director, says:
We're delighted to be shortlisted as one of the finalists for a BETT Award, especially as entries into the awards increased by 30% this year and so competition has been fierce. This is a fantastic recognition for IGGY which has, since the launch of our brand new website in October 2012, connected with over 5000 students from 60 countries and a wide range of backgrounds. We're grateful to everyone that has helped us reach this point: academics and other colleagues at the University of Warwick; partners; members; and teachers."
The winners of the BETT Awards will be announced at a ceremony hosted by comedienne Jo Brand at the Brewery in London on Wednesday 22 January 2014.