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Virgin Invites 20,000 Students to Answer Digital Question

As part of a nationwide review, Richard Branson is encouraging students to share their views on how technology is helping to shape their future.

The review, called Generation Tech, will investigate the role technology is playing in education.

Generation Tech was launched by Virgin Media Business and the firm is calling for pupils and teachers to answer the big digital question: how schools today are embracing the 21st century classroom and how it can continue to enhance learning tomorrow.

Richard Branson said: "As children, we didn't have to tackle the digitalised world but we also didn't have the opportunities that it brings to today's younger generation.

"We need to embrace technology at every step and make it a force for good as we educate the next generation."

Elizabeth Truss, education minister said: "Technology is everywhere and it's vital that children understand how to make it work for them. This is why we are introducing rigorous new curricula in maths and computing, which will teach children skills such as coding and programming, along with the maths, which underpins computer science. Students need to be confident in both to understand the basis of the modern world and be able to contribute to the future.

"I look forward to seeing the results of the Big Question - who better to ask about what works in the classroom than children themselves."

Generation Tech also plans to find members for the UK's first Digital Youth Council. The council will then lead The Big Debate, due to take place this autumn, where students will have the chance to highlight digital issues that are important to them.

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