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Free online courses from UCAS to help students, parents, and teachers make big decisions

UCAS has launched a series of innovative online courses to help today’s students, and the people who advise them, navigate the tricky business of deciding what to do when they leave secondary education.

Young people have a greater range of options than ever before when considering their next steps after school or college, and most rely on busy teachers or parents and carers for advice and guidance.

To help teaching staff and advisers explore university, college, work, apprenticeships, and other choices, and to advise their students about contemporary choices, UCAS is running a pair of free online courses: one for teachers and advisers, followed by an accompanying course for their students.

Cohesive digital strategy needed in schools, says new report

Cohesive digital strategy needed in schools, says new report

Issues around technology procurement, measurement and adoption have prompted industry heavyweights to call on Government to produce a digital strategy for schools.

The initiative, led by education technology company Instructure (NYSE:INST), involved a country-wide consultation among primary and secondary schools, the Department for Education and industry thought leaders such as Reform,FutureGov and Besa. Today, Instructure is releasing the advisory report, Driving Digital Strategy in Schools, which considers the future of digital education strategy in the UK and provides guidance on key components for a comprehensive approach.

BVS ECOtouch cutting edge interactive touch screens making waves

BVS ECOtouch cutting edge interactive touch screens making waves

With the start of the new school year, BVS ECOtouch screens have launched their new wireless ready ETA series interactive touch screens. These screens are designed and developed in the UK with direct input from Head Teachers and Network Managers.

 

The ETA series of Interactive touch screens boast a built-in Android PC with integrated browser and whiteboard, with an optional OPC slot to bolt on a Windows OPS PC. All are available with SMART and/or OKTOPUS software. They come with fully integrated Wi-Fi, allowing for seamless, wireless connectivity of Apple and Android devices as well as Windows laptops. To top that, an industry leading 7 year warranty is standard for extra peace of mind. 

 

Digital Schoolhouse hosts panel debate with games industry to encourage the next generation of tech talent

Digital Schoolhouse, the non-profit programme delivered by Ukie, the trade body for the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry, hosted a panel debate with industry bodies and students in order to help tackle the digital skills gap. The panellists discussed the role that the technology and games industries could play in helping schools addressing the current shortage.
 

How teachers can use mobile apps to engage students

By Paul Swaddle, Co-founder and Chairman of Pocket App
 

As youngster’s up and down the country prepare for school this September, education technology continues to be an extremely hot topic and mobile apps are proving to be a perfect solution for teachers hoping to enhance their classroom experience. Mobile apps can not only help teachers, but also students and their parents. Here are five ways teachers can use apps to engage their students.

 

1. Improve in-classroom communication

Project reveals new way to combat stress and anxiety in teachers

Project reveals new way to combat stress and anxiety in teachers

Schools and academies across the length and breadth of the country are full of staff battling stress and anxiety, leading one Trust to explore an innovative solution to the problem. 

Leigh Academies Trust in Dartford decided to look at ways to combat stress in school staff by using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) with the use of an Alpha-Stim Device.

£1.3bn boost sparks further concerns over core school funding

£1.3bn boost sparks further concerns over core school funding

More than a billion pounds has been pledged to boost core school funding, the education secretary has announced, but education leaders remain concerned over wider implications. 

The announcement follows mounting pressure on the government from campaigns over funding shortages, and will see an additional £1.3bn spent on schools in England over the next two years. 

This funding - £416 million in 2018-19 and £884 million in 2019-20 - is an addition to the core school budget set out in the last spending review, meaning funding for schools will be £2.6 billion higher in 2019-20 than in 2017-18.

The extra cash has been freed up from within the Department for Education's existing budget, with no new money being given by the Treasury. 

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

UK colleges turn away from free tools to embrace transformative online learning

Canvas by Instructure (NYSE:INST), the open online virtual learning environment (VLE), has made successful inroads into the UK Further Education College sector. This quarter, institutions such as Belfast Metropolitan College, DLD College London, The Manchester College (HE), National College for High Speed Rail, Northern College, Preston's College, South Essex College (HE) and Weston College, and have all selected Canvas to improve teaching and learning.

Are you a bit cheesed off with your current system?

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Don’t throw it out! Just upgrade the software to EventPOS. Your system will be faster and easier to use! 

Established in 2002, idXtra have been specialist suppliers of a range of products and services across the access control industry, specialising in integrated smart card systems, electronic registration and cashless catering systems. Our customer base includes a wide range of sectors from schools, academies and colleges to local authorities and corporations. The access control systems we supply are designed and manufactured to the highest of standards, from leading names in the technical industry, including ACT Netgenium and many more.

Smarter Surfaces has made its mark at Milan Design Week 2017

Smarter Surfaces has made its mark at Milan Design Week 2017

Smarter Surfaces has made its mark at Milan Design Week 2017 and attracted the attention of one of Italy’s biggest publications.

Recently returned from exhibiting at Salone Del Mobile, one of the top furniture shows in the world, Smarter Surfaces stood out from the crowd and was spotted by and featured in top Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera.

Salone Del Mobile features thousands of innovative and exciting exhibitors but journalists at Corriere Della Sera singled out Smarter Surfaces products as standing out from the rest  commenting "Walls are usually dead. They become alive with Smarter Surfaces products.”

 

Schools Gather At National Digital Storytelling Day

Schools Gather At National Digital Storytelling Day

Teachers from schools across the UK gathered at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire last week to mark the start of National Share-a-Story Month.

Hosted by Discovery Education on 18th April, the Digital Storytelling Day showcased the very latest tools and ideas for using ed-tech in literacy, helping teachers to nurture a love of stories in every child.

Taking advantage of Knebworth’s famous dinosaur trail, teachers took part in a prehistoric QR coded treasure hunt, and learned how the bar-code technology can be used in literacy lessons.

 

Introduce your children to wildlife this spring with the CJ Wildlife live webcams

Introduce your children to wildlife this spring with the CJ Wildlife live webcams

For the second year running, CJ Wildlife is live streaming nest box cameras from nine species on their website 24/7 to give you a bird’s eye view of what goes on inside a nest box during the breeding season.

The live webcams run 24 hours a day and let us take a very up close and personal look into the nests of Peregrine Falcons, Little Owls, Tawny Owls, Barn Owls, Storks, Herons, Swifts and Kingfishers.

 

Last year’s nest box cameras proved particularly popular with parents and teachers. Children are captivated by nature and the nest box cameras quite literally bring the nesting season to life in the classroom and allow us to follow the stories of the nesting birds, giving children a front row seat to the world hidden within the nest box.

Strategic Management Change at the Nationwide Hygiene Group

Strategic Management Change at the Nationwide Hygiene Group

Current CEO David Scholes will be retiring in August this year following a successful 17 years leading the Nationwide Hygiene Group.

 

Nationwide Hygiene Group are delighted to announce that Darren Broad has been appointed as their new CEO and will take over the reins on April 26th, following the group’s AGM. Darren and David will work closely together in the coming months to ensure that there is a seamless transition of leadership for all Nationwide Hygiene Group customers, colleagues and suppliers.

 

Darren has a wealth of business experience, most recently as MD of Bunzl Catering Supplies and the Nationwide Hygiene Group are extremely pleased to recruit somebody of his calibre.