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Collaborations to change the face of education

HundrED today announced a range of new partnerships to help reach teachers across the world in its aim to help schools to transform education.

The partnerships are with the Bett global series of ed-tech events, the social entrepreneur network Ashoka and the world’s leading experts on sustainable development, SDSNEdu. The partnerships, in addition to existing relationships with Ideo and XQ, will support HundrED’s aim to collaborate with teachers, thought leaders, policy makers and organisations to help shape the future of education.

Children’s Graduation Ceremonies – Yes or No?

Graduation Attire

 

There has been a significant rise in the UK of graduation ceremonies in preschool establishments.This type of ceremony has come under criticism from various sources asking should the young ones be imitating an adult ceremony? Preschool graduations are a well-established industry in the US and have been for many years now.

Kindergarten’s across the US parade their children in graduation gowns and mortarboard caps allowing their proud parents and grandparents to witness the magical moment. The ceremonies are very well organised and are rated as important as the adult version. So with the success of the US version why has it attracted criticism in the UK?


The FUZEBOX needs you!

Fusebox SE Black

 

FUZE Technologies launches Kickstarter campaign to reach funding goal for its new coding gadget FUZE Technologies has today launched a campaign with Kickstarter, in order to bring its latest project, the FUZEBOX, to life.

The FUZEBOX is an accessible coding gadget, designed to work alongside existing platforms in the classroom, which will help students understand and appreciate the basics of programming from a young age. Kickstarter aims to help bring creative projects to life through its funding platform, enabling people to pledge money towards a campaign’s funding goal.

Collaborative classrooms: the future of education technology

Neil Watkins Think It collaborative classrooms

 

With the multitude of devices and technologies available to schools, the traditional classroom is changing; it’s becoming more collaborative, interactive and engaging. Neil Watkins, managing director at Think IT, the one-stop-shop for cloud-based education solutions, offers his advice on how teachers can make the most of technology, enhancing the learning experience for their pupils. 

Interact

Interact an exciting Primary Music scheme

 

'Interact' is an exciting Primary Music scheme for the classroom consisting of individual educational interactive software modules. The scheme uses Cross Curricular topics including World War II, Enter into Egypt, Native Americans, Exploring the River and Sea, Victorian Times, The Tudors, Learning about Marching Music through history, and projects to support teachers to deliver National Curriculum subjects.

New topics are being added regularly and by request. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, the cartoon characters: Wesley Bear, Sally the Koala Bear and Charlie Rabbit, take the children on a musical journey through different topics.


Inspiring a ‘Greener’ Outdoors

Green Scheme Solutions

 

All parents and teachers recognise that something magical happens when children go outdoors  - they seem to burst into life!  Education organisations such as Ofsted note that children’s concentration, engagement and the development of thinking skills are just some of the benefits of bringing play and learning outside.  

Primary school teacher Wendy Hill agrees.  She is particularly interested in the outdoor curriculum and how it can provide a stimulating environment to enrich children’s play and learning.  Wendy offers her tips to schools, nurseries, councils, community organisations, indeed anyone trying to improve their outdoor space:


Nomadic Tours

 

About: Nomadic Schools is an independent tour operator offering bespoke educational school tours. It is a subsidiary of Nomadic, a commercial tour operator with over 15 years of operating experience.

We have worked through West and North Africa for individual clients, other tour operators as well as charities and schools. On our tours, we aim to capture the magic and mystery of the countries we visit, Iceland, Morocco & Turkey.

FOREMANS INVESTS £1.5M IN NEW STOCK AS DEMAND FOR RECYCLED MODULAR BUILDINGS CONTINUES TO RISE

FOREMANS INVESTS £1.5M IN NEW STOCK AS DEMAND FOR RECYCLED MODULAR BUILDINGS CONTINUES TO RISE

 

Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, part of the Portakabin Group and the UK’s largest supplier of recycled and refurbished modular buildings, has invested £1.5 million in its building stock to meet the increasing demand for its services.

Foremans now has the largest selection of previously-owned Portakabin buildings – which are immediately available to further reduce lead times. Foremans has also announced that its turnover has doubled since 2011 – and a year ahead of target. In the past year, order value has increased by 46 per cent and growth in the education sector is up by a record 94 per cent.


IT lifecycle management will protect your school’s data and make your budget go further

With the announcement by the UK Government that all schools in England will take on academy status by 2020, the way educational establishments are funded and managed will be increasingly under the spotlight over the next few years. With schools needing to take on the business ethics already used by further and higher education colleges and universities, it is vital that all education establishments properly manage their IT spending and look closely at the lifecycle of these vital assets

Scripts to Stage

 

Scripts to Stage has been formed by Theatre Industry Professionals; we provide tried and tested scripts and online and email support and mentoring, to those clients who purchase our script packages.

The creators of Scripts to Stage have worked in all aspects of the professional Theatre Industry from acting, writing, directing to design and production of theatre shows. Our script packages have been developed based on our experience of working within Professional Theatre and within Community Arts Projects.  

Notts Sport’s new practice area wins high praise at Leicestershire CCC!

Notts Sport’s new practice area wins high praise at Leicestershire CCC!

 

Notts Sport, the world’s leading supplier of synthetic cricket surfacing systems, has recently resurfaced Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s indoor training facilities to provide a bespoke solution that’s been a winner with players and coaches alike.

The work has seen the three-lane practice area in the Mike Turner Cricket Centre at Grace Road transformed, with the former synthetic carpet – which had been laid over concrete – removed and replaced with NottsTurf Indoor top surface installed over NottsPad Indoor shockpad base for enhanced performance.


Going Stateside; where to ski?

Ski Adaptable

 

If you fancy going further afield than Europe for your skiing holiday this year then America has some of the world’s finest ski slopes on offer. It is an obvious destination for any ski aficionado who wants to conquer all of the best and most challenging runs on the planet.

There are many great ski resorts all over America, making it very hard to choose just one to visit. From huge mountains, luxurious resorts and Old Western charm, America has something to suit any skier’s taste and ability.

No matter what you are looking for in your ideal stateside school ski holiday, dedicated tour operators such as Ski Adaptable have it covered.

Software company launch new solution for schools in response to increasing demands on Careers Leaders

Grofar have launched a new software solution for schools

Grofar have launched a new software solution for schools, an integrated set of tools that enables Careers Leaders to improve the service offered to students, save time and meet statutory guidance more easily as well as helping them to achieve the recommendations set out in the Gatsby report.

The start-up company has created the platform in response to the Government’s drive to increase students’ aspirations and ensure that students leave school "prepared for life in modern Britain". In April 2014, the Gatsby charitable foundation produced the "Good Careers Guidance" report by Sir John Holman, who identified eight benchmarks for what good career guidance should look like.


Gratnells has added two new ICT introductions

Gratnells product innovation with new ICT introduction Power Trolley

 

Gratnells has added to its record on product innovation with two new ICT introductions, Power Tray and Power Trolley.

Designed to store, charge and sync up to 30 USB devices at ultra fast speed Power Trays come in two sizes - a shallow tray and an extra deep version, each storing 10 tablets. The Power Trolley can house either 3 tiers of shallow trays, charging 30 devices at any one time or 2 tiers of extra deep trays, charging 20 units. The deeper trays also feature a lid to protect the contents and can be used as a stand-alone unit, transportable between classes.