ICT

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.
 

Five top tips for helping your child to code

●     Computer programming has been included within the National Curriculum

●     An estimated £900m is spent on education technology by schools every year

●     Ebuyer.com has created a guide for parents on how to help your child learn to code

 

With schools spending an estimated £900m on education technology every year,[1] and computer programming featured in the National Curriculum, technology is now a fully fledged part of a child’s educational experience. But how can parents aid their child’s development at home?

 

New platform support, features and awards

NetSupport

NetSupport releases new version of its IT Asset Management solution  

 

NetSupport is pleased to announce the latest update to its award-winning IT Asset Management solution, NetSupport DNA: version 4.5 – Corporate and Education Editions.

With features designed to save schools and enterprises time and money whilst increasing productivity, ensuring reliability and adding security to their IT systems, the new release includes a whole host of new tools and added support, making it the ultimate monitoring and IT management solution on the market – backed by multiple awards including ‘Best of Show’ at ISTE 2017.  

UK teachers find inspiration at prestigious California teaching event

Teachers

6 tech-savvy primary school teachers will be inspiring their pupils this term after spending part of the summer break at a celebrated teaching event in California.

The Discovery Education Summer Institute is held annually in the US, and attracts educators from all over the world. The UK teachers - from schools in Birmingham, London and Hertfordshire - were chosen for their enthusiasm in using new technology in the classroom. They were flown to San Diego in late July, where they joined over 100 educators for a week of professional development at the University of California. 

A fruitful partnership: Exploring Apple’s capabilities in the classroom

Exploring the capabilities of Apple in the classroom

By Dave Saltmarsh, global education evangelist, Jamf

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the Woodberry Down School in Harringay earlier this year to see how students and educators are using iPads in the classroom.During his visit, Tim Cook spoke about the presence of technology in the classroom, noting that it’s a “compliment to tradition teaching and not a substitute.” As a former teacher, I’ve experienced how technology can transform an individual student’s in-class participation, enhance learning for the better and narrow the digital divide. The level of personalisation that the Apple platform, in particular, can deliver makes it a unique educational experience.  

A New Route To Learning

Teach9’s New Online Learning Platform provides certainty in an uncertain educational climate 

 

Tuition fees have been increasingly in the news of late, starring centre stage as the latest ‘political hot potato’ that nobody seems to want to catch. Whilst the future of the charges seems more uncertain than at any time since their rise to £9,000 per year in 2011, the uncertainty seems to be turning students toward tuition alternatives, such as online learning models.

 

Over the past week or two:

• UCAS figures published this week show that university applications have fallen by 4%.

• A Times Higher Education Survey (THE) highlights that one in three university vice-chancellors surveyed back scrapping fees.

Six tips for online safety during the summer holidays

Six tips for using devices safely in the summer holidays

Summer holidays are finally here, and come rain or shine, children will be spending a lot of time on their mobile devices.

A staggering, yet unsurprising, 92% of children claim to use their devices daily.  As adults, it’s our responsibility to ensure that while they’re using social media, gaming, or video sites they’re having fun, but most importantly, being safe.

Leading providers of classroom management software, Impero Software, put together these six top tips for the next six weeks of summer, offering best practice advice on how to keep young people safe online.

Week 1 – the Talk

Why technology is the key to unlocking the classroom’s potential – and the blackboard has finally bitten the dust

It’s very hard to imagine a world without technology. It impacts every aspect of our daily lives. From ensuring quick and easy communication across the globe to giving us access to almost limitless amounts of information at our fingertips – technology is fundamental to how we interact, connect, and learn.

What’s more, we now have a generation who have grown up with technology, that doesn’t know a world without wi-fi, iPhones and Skype. Children learn how to use a smartphone and tablet before their times tables or even how to write their own name. Across all age groups, they are by far the most engaged with tech.

Refurbished IT holds the answer to technology challenges

Now more than ever, education establishments are faced with replacing and updating equipment on greatly reduced budgets across all departments. IT infrastructure, in particular, is one area that is increasingly central to the provision of modern, high quality teaching and, consequently, requires consistent renewal - something which is beyond the average school or college IT budget.

One solution to this challenge that most education providers are unaware of is the role of refurbished IT hardware and supporting materials. By opting to buy reconditioned PCs, monitors and laptops, schools and colleges can save thousands of pounds.

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.

Ensuring a secure BYOD university environment

In the past year alone the topic on everyone’s lips has been around cyber-security. While cyber-crime has moved up the business agenda, it’s clear from the recent global ransomware attacks that we’ve still got a long way to go in protecting ourselves from looming threats. 

 

But where are some of the opportunities for attackers coming from? 

 

One in particular is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. After all, allowing employees to use their own smartphones, tablets and laptops has the potential to open the wider business up to potential attacks. Why? Because more often than not, it’s very difficult for organisations to regulate and monitor which protection – if any – their employees are using. 

 

BJSS and Turinglab launch summer coding classes

coding classes

Weekend classes for school children from low income families aimed at advancing STEM education and fundamental coding skills

 

 BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, today announces that its community investment partnership with Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to tackling the IT skills gap, has launched at Cockburn High School in Leeds. The programme teaches fundamental coding skills to school children, aged between 11 and 16, from low income families.

 

Solution to prevent theft of your valuable I.T. equipment

 I.T. equipment

I.T. Security comes in two forms. We are all aware of the cyber-attack that took down parts of the NHS and other organisations in the UK and we can buy software solutions to protect ourselves. That is one form of security. 

The second form of security is physical products designed to protect your valuable I.T. equipment from being stolen. This aspect of security is boring and does not attract the same level of media coverage, due to equipment theft being generally localised. However, for schools and colleges who invest their ever increasingly pressured finances into provision of I.T. equipment to deliver high quality learning to their students, losing it to theft can be both heart-breaking and hugely disruptive.