ICT

Child internet safety summit

On Tuesday, 29th November 2016, the annual Child Internet Safety Summit will discuss crucial issues facing parents all over the UK in a bid to improve the way in which we protect our children online. The NSPCC recently revealed that a whole generation is at risk of being ‘stripped of their childhoods’ with shocking statistics showing that 53% of 11-16 year olds have seen porn online. 

The Child Internet Safety Summit aims to arm front line practitioners with the knowledge they need to assist children and teens as they explore the digital world. The Summit has become an integral part of schools’ calendar and it’s a vital way of ultimately communicating to parents and carers ways in which to keep their children safe in this the digital world. 

Classroom Connections: Delivering Value to Digital Natives

Sam Blyth

The Facebook Generation, as the media calls it, demands access to the newest and and shiniest technology in the classroom. Students want to pick up their exam results at midnight and begin their morning's work on the bus, before the school day even starts. They want access to information quickly, and they want it to be easy to consume wherever they are. Put simply, these “digital natives” are always on—and they expect the same from their education experience.

The award winning Cubetto Playset now available

Cubetto Playset

Cubetto is a Montessori-approved coding toy, designed to help children aged three years and up to write their first programs using a friendly wooden robot, powered by a revolutionary coding language made of tangible blocks, instead of text on screens.

Cubetto represents a significant benchmark in the field of computer programming, as it significantly lowering the age barrier for learning to code by removing a screen based interaction.

The aim of the toy is to control Cubetto, a friendly wooden robot who likes to be told where to go and how to get there, by creating sequences of instructions (programs) using the colourful blocks placed on Cubetto’s “board” or “control panel”: cubet.to/hands-on-coding 

The Importance of Hands on Learning in Schools

Alex Dalton, Managing Director of woodworking machinery specialists Daltons Wadkin, takes a look at the importance of hands on learning, and why subjects such as Design and Technology are important.

I think the best example to outline why hands on learning is hugely important is when trying to teach someone to ride a bicycle. You can try and teach them in a classroom, but to actually learn, they should go out and actually ride it. 

There is the argument that learning from books or academics is the best way to learn, however you can’t ride a bike from reading a book, no matter the number of books you read about cycling, you are still likely to fall off the first time you try!

Leeds City College hosts a Google and Cloud event for local schools

Leeds City College is embracing the digital age and hosting a ‘Google and the Cloud’ event on Thursday 3 November at its Printworks and Park Lane campuses.

Members of School Management, Network Managers, and those interested in new developments within the learning environment can attend one of two events taking place at 1pm and 4.30pm respectively.

The interactive events will explore the latest technologies and how they are transforming today’s learning environment.  There will also be small group sessions allowing delegates to explore the newly launched Google Expeditions.

Brand new international e-Assessment Awards programme launched

The e-Assessment Association has announced the launch of a brand new awards programme to celebrate the use of technology to enhance assessment worldwide.

The first international e-Assessment Awards programme has been launched to highlight and celebrate the outstanding and positive contributions that technology makes to all forms of assessment. Aiming to showcase the very best practice, research and innovation, the awards hold a unique position that cuts across all of education; from school, through further and higher education to workplace training and professional exams.

The award categories are: Lifetime Contribution, Best Use of Formative Assessment, Best Use of Summative Assessment, Innovation, Best Institution, Research, and Export. 

Is Outsourcing ICT Support Becoming Inevitable in Education?

Martin Pipe, Head of Service Scope & Design at RM Education, explores the growing trend in schools seeking to outsource or co-source their IT support services as a measure to not only save time and cost, but to manage risks, access expertise and future-proof their technology provision.

According to RM Education’s latest annual survey, a growing number of schools are now considering outsourcing and co-sourcing their IT support in order to keep up with the constant changes in technologyand minimise overall support costs. 

SMART announces new Classroom as a Service distribution agreement with Crystalised

SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) an innovator and leading global provider of collaboration solutions, has signed a new distribution agreement with Crystalised, one of the UK’s leading providers in ICT solutions for education. The agreement is designed to make the acquisition of classroom technology in the UK easier and more affordable. Crystalised is the first authorised SMART ClaaS [Classroom as a Service] provider in the UK.

Uk teachers find classroom inspiration at US Digital Schools' Summit

Uk teachers find classroom inspiration at US Digital Schools' Summit

 

Teachers from some of the UK’s leading digital schools will be inspiring their pupils with new technology this term, after attending a prestigious teaching and learning event in the US. 

8 teachers from schools in the Midlands, Hertfordshire, London and Devon flew to Chicago this summer to take part in the Discovery Education Summer Institute, an exclusive professional development and networking summit for education’s ‘digital leaders’.

The group were hand-picked to make the trip after taking part in a competitive application process, and impressing judges with their enthusiasm for using digital technology to boost pupil achievement.

Child Protection Training: Preventing Radicalisation

Child protection training is being used more and more often as a tool to help fight against radicalisation among young people.

As educators, one of our primary obligations is to ensure that the children in our care are kept safe from harmful forces, neglect and abuse. This can take on various forms and can occur through many different mediums. One of the most extreme versions is that of radicalisation.

Canvas Network and Zappar join forces to bring augmented reality to the classroom

Zappar

 

New MOOC brings the water cycle to life

A new ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) launching this month is set to showcase the ways augmented reality (AR) technology can help bring learning to life. 

The course, developed in partnership between Canvas Network and Zappar comes in response to huge user demand for AR in the classroom, which Zappar reports has tripled in two years (from 11% to 29%)1.

The MOOC will offer an innovative way for teachers and students aged 8 years and up to explore ‘the water cycle’, grounding a theoretical subject in an authentic, tangible and visual way. Young learners under the age of 13 must submit a signed parent consent form in order to enrol and fully participate in the course. 

Edtech’s Sweetspot: Empowering teachers through technology

Edtech’s Sweetspot: Empowering teachers through 3D technology

 

Technology has long been a part of education, with PCs and interactive whiteboards being a staple during the 90s and early 00s. However, technology has continued to evolve within the education sector as more and more institutions utilized web-based learning and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. 

Some schools embraced social media, some rejected it. Then in 2010 the iPad was launched. With this came a brand new way to teach without the outdated chalkboards and textbooks. Children could proactively engage in what they found interesting around a subject, whether it be dinosaurs, equations or thermodynamic Heating systems. 

Online safety video

Sam Pemberton

 

This powerful online safety video show there's so much schools can do to monitor and potentially help pupils and their families.

Impero Education Pro monitors the school network for keywords, in line with the UK Safer Internet Centre’s ‘appropriate monitoring’ guidelines, as specified in the DfE’s statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education. When a keyword is detected, whether in an application, typed or present on a website, the incident is captured, timestamped and logged (with a screenshot or video clip, to provide ‘who, what, where’ style information, putting the incident into context).

CENTURY Tech to join Mayor of London on US International visit

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has selected CENTURY Tech to represent the best of the UK’s innovation and technology industry on an international trademission to the United States. 

CENTURY Tech is a newly launched cloud-based platform that uses a unique blend of artificial intelligence, cognitive neuroscience and big data. The platform empowers students through personalised learning that constantly adapts to each student’s level and progress, and provides instant and constructive feedback, improving both engagement and attainment. The platform also provides teachers and school leaders with the data they need at the click of a button, reducing the administrative workload for teachers while offering powerful insight into students’progress for teachers and school leaders.