Dinosaurs module wins industry prize at last night’s awards

Discovery Education Espresso’s Dinosaur Module has been announced as the winner of this year’s BETT AWARD for Early Years Digital Content.

The engaging multimedia content, which uses stunning Discovery Channel CGI footage to bring dinosaurs to life, is one of the most popular resources in Discovery Education’s Espresso service.

The award was presented at BETT’s annual ceremony in London last night.

Lewis Bronze MBE, Founder and Director of Content at Discovery Education said:

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There is a new educational programme gaining traction in East London schools for its innovative approach to pupil support.

Motivate to Educate (M2E) is designed and run by local social enterprise. Kineara. It is an intensive programme that aims to build confidence and motivation in pupils by working closely with them, their families and the schools’ existing support service to help the young person get the most out of their education.

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With a firm focus on the training and education marketplace, Kramer offers two technology solutions aimed at dramatically changing the way that staff engage with students and showed them for the first time in Stand C418 at BETT, Excel London, 20-23 January 2016.

Ofsted head, Sir Michael Wilshaw has criticised the ‘one size fits all’ secondary education system, which he said is letting down students.

The chief inspector of schools believes the lack of high-calibre vocational training for those who don’t choose the university route is one of the reasons for the UK’s record on youth unemployment. He says the ‘one size fits all’ system lets down less academic pupils and the education system in England, as it stands, does not offer enough opportunities for those who do not succeed at GCSEs to set them up for the world of work.

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Currently, there is a global movement in education to become smarter. Businesses have been competing to be more digitally intelligent and energy efficient for some time and schools are becoming no different. This shouldn't mean a tablet computer for every pupil. Instead it means using existing data in new ways: intelligent ways. Here Carl Plant, CEO of digital technology expert bITjAM gives best practice advice for schools looking to become digital leaders.    

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The new comedy science animation show—It’s Not Rocket Science—is a 10-episode series that has been developed using solutions and tools from leading creative software developer The Foundry.

Created by retired Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield, together with his son Evan, the series seeks to address current issues and misunderstood science topics, from vaccinations to climate change. An animated Commander Hadfield and his space pug Albert will use humorous narrative and anecdotes to educate viewers of all ages.

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Classrooms are facing a mass exodus of senior teaching staff as the baby boomer generation nears retirement, coupled with societal pressure to leave the workforce at state pension age, according to new research from specialist recruiter Randstad Education.

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Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin launches new initiative to educate 13 to 18 year olds

Jonny Benjamin, the man behind the worldwide #FindMike campaign, which reached 350 million people and helped saved a number of lives, launches cutting edge workshop to transform mental health for young people and get them talking about the issue.

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Staff sickness is a major issue for any school and, with the average daily charge to schools for a supply teacher being as much as £100 higher than the daily pay rate for the absent teacher, costs can escalate quickly!   For example, it cost one school in Birmingham more than £500,000 to cover staff absences and fourteen schools in Birmingham each spent more than £200,000 on supply teachers. This is why it’s more important than ever to reduce the spread of persistent infections like colds, flu and stomach bugs within the school environment to keep staff fit and healthy.  

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Alton Towers Resort has many educational events planned for 2016, but what event will they be celebrating from 3rd -7th Octotber 2016?

a. National Trill Week

b. Business of Leisure

c. World Space Week

Research suggests that approximately 15% of school-age children have poor vision in one or both eyes. This can make certain tasks more difficult and in some cases, have negative consequences for a child’s learning. Yet according to an investigation by the College of Optometrists, less than a third of Local Authorities provide any vision screening in schools. Against this background, Professor Thomson from City University, London, has developed software known as SchoolScreener EZ™ which can detect poor vision in a simple three minute test.

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Students attending a summer school in the heart of Vienna can get a global perspective on climate change, with a simulated exercise that captures all the pace, excitement and impact of the subject. The Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) summer school gives participants a unique opportunity to take part in the exercise as part of the programme. In the historic setting of Vienna’s old town, the AEMS students are placed in groups to represent countries from around the globe, each vying for the best deal for their nation, whilst balancing global impact.

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City College Southampton has collaborated with ABP Town Quay and local environmental regeneration charity, Groundwork South, in the Urban and Coastal Art Competition which aims to bring two quayside containers to life. The project saw budding Van Goghs and their families come together to create pieces of art at four free summer workshops in Town Quay Marina and Lloyd Recreation Ground, in Marchwood. The winning designs, which were selected from over 40 entries, will now be used to decorate two quayside containers at Town Quay Marina.

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With over 23,000 members and a wide range of services, offers and facilities, the University of Southampton Students’ Union is one of the biggest in the country.

The University is in the top 1% of universities worldwide and the Union has recently released a 2020 Vision Plan, with the ultimate objective of becoming one of the top ranked unions in the UK within the next five years. To help them achieve this status, SUSU have appointed Holdens - one of Manchester’s leading integrated creative agencies - for a comprehensive brand review.

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While some educators still believe books are best, most realise that in the age of the iPad, children can’t be expected to learn solely from text books anymore. They are used to looking up everything they need to know at a touch of a screen. Take away that interactive element, and they’re going to be pretty disengaged.

Specialist education and technology writer, Laura Varley, reports on behalf of Parago, asset management solutions for schools...

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