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Technology and education - the perfect match?

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The changing landscape of consumer behaviour seen in recent years, thanks to the increasingly widespread use of mobile technology and the rise of the internet, has had a significant impact on the way in which children learn and retain information. For this reason, schools have been put under increasing pressure to adapt teaching techniques to keep up with this, placing technology at the forefront in the classroom in the 21st century. 

Integrating technology into the classroom has given pupils of all ages a wealth of new experiences, promoting a collaborative approach to learning that promotes both integration and diversity in learning styles.

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

 

Amberley Museum is located in an old chalk pit quarry in the South Downs countryside near to the historic town of Arundel.  With 36 acres to explore and over 40 exhibits to visit, there is a lot to do and see at the museum.  

Most days the bus service is running taking you around the museum, as well as the narrow gauge railway which takes visitors from our station near the entrance to the far end of the museum, where you can find the railway exhibition, electricity hall and connected earth. 

Fire Risk Warning of Charging Mobile Phones in Bed

Fire Risk Warning of Charging Mobile Phones in Bed

 

Children in Lincolnshire could be putting their lives, and the lives of their families, at risk by charging their mobile phones in bed.  Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are recommending that parents are to check where their children are charging their mobiles phones at night.

Research has revealed that 53 per cent of children are charging their phone or tablet either on their bed or even under their pillow. This is an extremely dangerous practice.  The heat generated cannot dissipate and the charger will become hotter and hotter. The likely result is that pillows will catch fire - thus placing the child (as well as everyone else in the property) in great danger.

Low cost solution to slippery decking

Low cost solution to slippery decking

 

Wooden decking can become hazardous in damp and slippery conditions, creating the possible threat of a slips or falls for anyone walking across the surface. Outside areas where people gather need to be made safe to comply with health and safety issues. 

FibreGrid has come up with a solution to this problem with the development of Anti Slip Standard GRP Decking Strips, part of their affordable  GRP SlipGrip® Standard range. Timber decking becomes safer with these quick and easy to install DeckGrip Strips, which come supplied with decking screws and are pre-drilled 

There’s nothing ‘old-skool’ about BASIC

There’s nothing ‘old-skool’ about BASIC

 

The Rt Hon John Bercow, Buckinghamshire MP and Speaker for the House of Commons recently attended a coding workshop at Swanbourne School to see how they were keeping up with the new computing curriculum.  Mr Bercow certainly got more than he bargained for as he ended up taking part in the work shop provided by FUZE Technologies and even partnered with a very impressed student.

FUZE coding workshops give an insight into real coding using text based programming languages that are perfect for late primary to early secondary.

Five reasons why you SHOULD be able to take your IT for granted

Five reasons why you SHOULD be able to take your IT for granted

 

IT is the now fourth utility, after your gas, electric and water; it has to ‘just work’ because it is integral to the business critical functions of your school, so you have to be able to take your IT for granted like this…

Your staff and pupils can work together anywhere without any fuss
Pupils can access their homework online, collaborate with their peers easily.
Teachers can review progress, mark work and provide feedback quickly and efficiently.  
You don’t print out work to mark it, or have to hand out worksheets at the start of the class. 
IT does this for you by providing a strong and stable platform for sharing and learning.

Any issues are fixed quickly and effectively when you raise them

The benefits of having canopies in schools

The benefits of having canopies in schools

 

Opting to install a canopy in a school would bring with it a number of benefits. The children would be able to play and learn outside in an environment that would not be affected by the wind or the rain.  This makes it possible to spend time outdoors all year round but it also means that the children are protected from the sun during the summer as it blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays.

From a safety perspective, the children will know that they have to remain within the canopy and this makes life easier for teachers.

The following reasons will show exactly why canopies are a great addition to any school.

Improved learning

You Can Study With Selfies and Twitter?!

You Can Study With Selfies and Twitter?!

 

SAM Labs wireless blocks revolutionise studying with the Internet of Things, teaching kids programming while they study or complete their homework

As of 2015, children clock around an average five to seven hours per week on homework. One in four parents is said to use a tutor to “top up” their child’s education. What if you could replacing expensive tutors and make homework an enjoyable, learning experience? With SAM, you can.

Success in the classroom can be improved with technology

 

The impact of technology in the classroom is a hotly contested topic. The OECD says that students glued to tablets all day perform worse and that “more technology doesn’t guarantee better outcomes”, which is true to an extent, but partly due to the fact that they’re no longer getting a classroom experience. Research has shown that top-level classroom success grows by 36 per cent when the right approach is taken to technology.

Too many schools have fallen victim to rushing in, spending money and then not getting the results that they want. It’s because they’ve overlooked some vital steps. Further research has shown that top-level classroom success grows by 36 per cent when the right approach is taken to technology. 

Mayor’s Fund for London supports legal education project with primary schools in London

Mayor’s Fund for London supports legal education project with primary schools in London

 

Almost 1000 primary school pupils have gained an insight into the workings of the justice system through taking part in the Mayor’s Fund for London Theatre of Law project during this academic year. This innovative legal education project is delivered by the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) who have an education team based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

The project works with primary school pupils from London and aims to improve students’ understanding of the law and the contemporary justice system. The project consists of two days – one at school and one at the Royal Courts of Justice.

New project will unite the globe to Bang the Drum for street children’s rights

New project will unite the globe to Bang the Drum for street children’s rights

 

Bang the drum 2016 is a new project that will unite drummers of all ages and abilities across the UK and the globe, who will be joined together via a live stream, to support the street children's right!

Bringing together drummers of all ages and abilities from across the globe, the event on 3rd October 2016 will include the world record attempt for the World's largest Drumming Lesson. Bang the Drum 2016 will be steamed live on YouTube from the Copper Box Arena in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where 2,000 London school children will play drums together.

LED lighting for schools – a bursar's guide

According to the Carbon Trust, getting lighting right is essential for both energy efficiency and the bank balance of a school, and as importantly for the wellbeing of its occupants. 

In the third of this special series of lighting in education guides, Energys will explore how LED upgrades can create multiple financial opportunities. It can also improve site health and safety, maintenance, and deliver  infrastructure gains for bursars.

Many bursars know the basics; energy efficient LEDs save on bills and the environment. But, the right level and the best quality of light is crucial to alertness, accuracy and the overall enjoyment of those working and learning in schools too.

Energys boiler management controls boost Devon schools’ economy drive

Energys boiler management controls boost Devon schools’ economy drive

Hyde Park Junior and Infant Schools in Plymouth were equipped with four Energys Dynamic Burner Management Units in just a single half-day of work.

From low-consumption lighting infrastructures to more acutely optimised heating systems, schools and colleges of higher education throughout the UK are beginning to reap the benefits of technologies designed to boost operational efficiencies and reduce energy bills. As a company with a variety of solutions in this area, Energys is well-placed to observe this ongoing transition – and has a rapidly expanding portfolio of project credits to prove it.

Providing schools with all they need to encourage the artists of the future

Providing schools with all they need to encourage the artists of the future

Investing in the next generation of creative minds is a key element in the role of an education provider, and one that art, craft and graphic supplier Art in Education is ideally suited to assist with. Born as a response to a gap in the market for high quality, wide ranging and affordable art materials for schools, colleges and universities, Art in Education supplies hundreds of educational establishments with a range of over 20,000 quality art materials and bespoke items.

What makes Art in Education stand out from the crowd are the competitively priced class packs, including everything for a classroom full of students eager to explore the world of art and creativity- pencils, pastels, watercolours, pens, pencils and brushes - all in a handy storage case.

Fibregrid Launches Most Affordable GRP Range Yet

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FibreGrid, the leading producer of anti-slip flooring products, launches its most affordable GRP range yet – SlipGrip® Standard. 

With prices starting from as little as £11.40 per stair tread and £38.00 per flat sheet, the new SlipGrip® Standard from FibreGrid won’t be beaten on price. With falls, slips and trips accounting for the majority of employee injuries, a floor covering suitable for a wide variety of applications and traffic flows is crucial for a safe work place, and now the SlipGrip® Standard provides a very affordable solution. Perfect for those with budget limitations, or those just looking for a temporary anti slip solution, the Standard range is not only affordable but maintains the high quality standards of the FibreGrid SlipGrip® range.