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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

Sound and light show launches children's competition to voice major event

Sound and light show launches children's competition to voice major event

The Enchanted Forest sound and light show is launching a competition to find a child who can lend their voice to the award-winning event.

Auditions are open for the Voice of The Enchanted Forest competition, which is calling for children aged between 5 and 12 to record a script to be used during the month-long event at Pitlochry's Faskally Wood this October.

The winning Voice will appear in a recording to be played to tens of thousands of visitors as they travel by bus from Pitlochry to the forest for the event, which organisers expect to be another sell-out. The Voice will welcome visitors to the forest and remind them of some important health and safety messages.

Sound and light show launches children's competition to voice major event

Sound and light show launches children's competition to voice major event

The Enchanted Forest sound and light show is launching a competition to find a child who can lend their voice to the award-winning event.

Auditions are open for the Voice of The Enchanted Forest competition, which is calling for children aged between 5 and 12 to record a script to be used during the month-long event at Pitlochry's Faskally Wood this October.

The winning Voice will appear in a recording to be played to tens of thousands of visitors as they travel by bus from Pitlochry to the forest for the event, which organisers expect to be another sell-out. The Voice will welcome visitors to the forest and remind them of some important health and safety messages.

Sound and light show launches children's competition to voice major event

Sound and light show launches children's competition to voice major event

The Enchanted Forest sound and light show is launching a competition to find a child who can lend their voice to the award-winning event.

Auditions are open for the Voice of The Enchanted Forest competition, which is calling for children aged between 5 and 12 to record a script to be used during the month-long event at Pitlochry's Faskally Wood this October.

The winning Voice will appear in a recording to be played to tens of thousands of visitors as they travel by bus from Pitlochry to the forest for the event, which organisers expect to be another sell-out. The Voice will welcome visitors to the forest and remind them of some important health and safety messages.

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.  

School in Huddersfield becomes community hub following major rebuild

school Huddersfield

All Saints Catholic School is opening its doors to become a leisure venue for various activities, such as fitness classes, dance workshops and social groups, following a multi-million pound rebuild.

The popular Bradley school has undergone a complete rebuild after a seven-figure investment and is set to open its new, state-of-the-art facilities to the local area in September 2017.

For the first time, the school will have its own sports centre, which will house a sports hall, four badminton courts, and pitches for netball and basketball. The rebuilt facilities will also include dance and drama studios, and will play host to activities such as five-a-side football, dance recitals, and drama classes.

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.

The Apprenticeship Levy and why retailers and food manufacturers must embrace Apprenticeships more

apprenticeship reform

Debbie Gardiner (pictured),CEO of Qube Learning, explains why “Apprenticeship Reforms" commenced on the 1st May, which changed the way that Apprenticeships are funded and delivered using new Apprenticeship Standards and in turn, has changed how employers are recruiting.

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

A new improvisation course has been developed to help young people develop key skills in social interaction, communication, and confidence. 

The London Improv Theatre Training League (LITTL) has teamed up with The Nursery to offer courses for 15-18 year olds to introduce them to the core principles of improvisation, and positive impact it can have in their day-to-day lives both inside and outside the clasroom. 

Students can embark on the eight-week Saturday course this autumn, or enjoy free one to two hour taster classes in schools across London.

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

A new improvisation course has been developed to help young people develop key skills in social interaction, communication, and confidence. 

The London Improv Theatre Training League (LITTL) has teamed up with The Nursery to offer courses for 15-18 year olds to introduce them to the core principles of improvisation, and positive impact it can have in their day-to-day lives both inside and outside the clasroom. 

Students can embark on the eight-week Saturday course this autumn, or enjoy free one to two hour taster classes in schools across London.

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

A new improvisation course has been developed to help young people develop key skills in social interaction, communication, and confidence. 

The London Improv Theatre Training League (LITTL) has teamed up with The Nursery to offer courses for 15-18 year olds to introduce them to the core principles of improvisation, and positive impact it can have in their day-to-day lives both inside and outside the clasroom. 

Students can embark on the eight-week Saturday course this autumn, or enjoy free one to two hour taster classes in schools across London.

Pupils Branch out into New Timber Classroom with Star Power

Wylde Green Primary School

TV star Emma Willis has officially unveiled a brand-new timber teaching facility at an open day at Wylde Green Primary School in Sutton Coldfield.

 

Willis, the host of Big Brother, is a former pupil of the school and was joined by singer-songwriter husband Matt. The new classroom block is for the year six children at the school. It enables them to move out of the school hall into a dedicated teaching space, containing two equal 52m² sized rooms, in addition to a lobby and entrance area. The build facilitates the achievement of outdoor learning objectives, representing a change of scenery for pupils and staff. 

 

Students Perform Song Dedicated to Tottenham First World War Hero

Student with tour dates T-Shirt

A century on from his death, Tottenham soldier Private George Baxter Lowson has been celebrated in a fitting, contemporary memorial created by two students from Vale Special School, Haringey. 

Jhonattan and Zac were so inspired by the story of George Baxter Lowson that they wrote and produced their song and rap, ‘My Mate George’, which was performed in London and Belgium as part of the Battle of Passchendaele commemorations. 

The creation of the song followed the students’ participation in the government-funded First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme in February 2015, during which they visited Ypres and The Somme, and were accompanied by their Deputy Headteacher, Tony Millard.                                           

Students take on work experience with top company

Students take on work experience with top company

Secondary school pupils got a taste of life in a busy company when they undertook work experience with a leading turf equipment manufacturer. 

Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd, an Ipswich-based manufacturing company recently hosted 15 pupils from local schools for a week of work experience. 

The students were placed in a number of different departments, including operations, engineering, marketing, IT, customer care, sales and HR. 

All of the students were given a thorough overview of the company including its extensive history dating back to 1789.