ICT

Protecting children from online dangers

Stella James

Recently, there has been an increasingly alarming number of reports in the media about children being targeted and groomed online. Pretty much everything our children do now is connected with being online; young people do not differentiate between online and offline life, it is simply ‘their life’. Therefore, we need to educate younger generations toensure they’re able to navigate the internet safely, says Stella James, founder of Gooseberry Planet. 

Is your classroom technology safe from damage & theft?

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Whilst classroom technology continues to transform the learning environment and empower students with the tools that they need to succeed, it also puts schools under additional pressure, due to the financial investment that is involved. As the use of devices increases in our classrooms, so does the risk of damage and theft, so what can schools do to ensure the technology they are investing thousands of pounds in is secure? James Symons, CEO, LocknCharge offers some advice.  

Research reveals a rise in smartphone use to boost studies

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The education sector is seeing a shift towards the digital age after a recent report revealed that more than 80% of students are using their smartphone to boost their studies. 

A report from YMCA awards revealed that 82% of students valued a mix of both traditional offline resources and digital tools to get the most out of their schooling. 

The research examined the learning techniques of 250 students and found that 78% of students use websites, 70% use online quizzes and 62% use online videos, and 25% use online games to support their studies. 

These findings coincide with recent news that smartphones have overtaken desktop devices for web browsing. 

New scheme announced to deliver top quality IT training

pet-xi.jpgA new scheme to deliver the latest IT training to young people is set to be rolled out across schools and business across the UK. 

Educational training provider PET-Xi has embarked on a new partnership with Prodigy Learning, specialists in IT learning and certification solutions, to run Microsoft Office Specialist training to thousands of young people. 

The scheme will see 10,000 school children trained up in the first year alone, in addition to delivering training to businesses. 

MOS qualifications give young people a huge boost on their CV as it validates their skills in Excel, Word and Powerpoint. 

How technology is transforming education

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Education has always benefitted from technological advances. From the invention of the abacus to modern day tablets and PCs, children are learning with more opportunities than ever before. Join GPS installations, specialists in everything ‘Audio Visual’ ranging from public address system installations, to impressive Video Wall Displays, as they discuss the history of education technology. 

Early classroom inventions started with chalkboards – a surface that could be wiped and then rewritten on to present to an entire class. Students also used personal slates, which gave them the ability to solve questions and present them visually to the teacher.

Prowise UK Director says teachers need to stop testing technology and start embracing it

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There is something special about having your name announced as one of the best in the business. There is something incredible about being part of a company you believe in as they are recognised by one of the world’s most prestigious industry awards.

International education technology specialist Prowise won the Digital Device award for their Chromebook ProLine at the BETT awards this year. A huge achievement for all of us. 

The Chromebook ProLine is our new addition to the Prowise personal device range. The device transforms from laptop to tablet in a few clicks, it’s advanced durability means you (or your students) can drop it from up to 90cm high and it won’t get broken.

Winners of Bett Awards 2017 are announced

bett-awards-2017-all-winners.gifLeaders of innovation within the education sector battled it out to be crowned the winners at a prestigious awards ceremony last night. 

The winners of this year’s Bett Awards were announced last night in a glittering awards dinner held at The Tobacco Dock in London. 

The annual awards encourage and recognise outstanding education sector resources, learning solutions and companies.

Saving kittens to learn the language of coding!

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Unique new game teaches real-life coding and prepares Students for their future

 

Ever considered there might be a connection between kittens and coding? Of course not, because there wasn’t one…until now! 

Erase All Kittens (E.A.K.) is a revolutionary new web-based platform game designed to prepare children, aged eight to 14, for 21st Century degrees and careers. It teaches students computational thinking and professional coding languages such as HTML, and engages more girls by using a highly gamified, story-driven approach. cave level

New website launched to help schools link up with parents

A new website designed to boost communication between parents and teachers has been released.

EES for Schools has announced the launch of its new website, Target Tracker Link. 

The site will work alongside existing Target Tracker software that is already being used by a quarter of UK schools. 

This new site will enable teachers to create pupil observation reports while in the classroom or by using the app while on the go. 

Once the reports have been completed, they will be quality checked before being made available to parents. 

Other family members can also be granted access to the reports.

Schools can also customise the way in which parents see observations by including school branding or logos.

The Marks are In: The Biggest Edtech Trends in 2016 and What’s in Store for 2017

A whopping 71% of primary schools and 76% of secondary schools in the UK utilise tablets in the classroom, according to a British Education Studies Association (BESA) survey. As technology and education continues to go hand-in-hand, it’s critical to look back at the biggest edtech trends of this past year to understand how they will evolve and create a lasting impact in 2017.

The demise of BYOD

How higher education is embracing technology

Ipad in school

University fees are rising as competition for places at the leading institutions heats up. As a result, students are – more than ever before - looking to maximise on their higher education experiences meaning universities are having to continuously improve to meet their needs. With Generation Y anticipated to drive the economy forward as the digital creators of the future, students have identified the importance of having the relevant technology skills and access to the latest equipment to adopt new ways of learning.  

primary school teachers see a digital future for their pupils

– but they feel under-equipped to prepare them for it

GB primary school teachers feel strongly that tech literacy will underpin their pupils’ futures, according to a new study from BT and Ipsos MORI. 78% think it’s as important as reading and writing, and 92% say tech skills will be needed for all careers from now on. 97% believe it’s their role to prepare kids for a digital future – but only 25% strongly agree that they’re equipped to do so. That’s a major challenge for the next generation, as young people grow up into a world shaped by technology.