One third of head teachers don’t know how much they spend on ICT

Continuing my “Things I Learned This Week” series – this week, Part Eight This week I’ve been continuing my reading of the Harnessing Technology survey from Becta. Buried deep in the data tables, and summarised on the analytical report, is some interesting information about Information Communications Technology (ICT) spend in UK Schools. 1. 33% of head…

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Four out of five schools outsource their ICT –Things I Learned Last Week #7

This week, I’ve been reading the Becta Harnessing Technology Survey in a lot more detail, and especially some of the spreadsheets of questions which didn’t make it into the final report. And the following things I learned are courtesy of the survey. 1. Four out of five schools are already outsourcing some of their ICT…

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School carbon emissions targets - Things I Learned This Week #6

1. Schools create 2% of UK greenhouse gases, and have a target of a 53% cut in energy emissions by 2020 According to the government’s carbon management strategy for schools, "Climate change and schools" on Teachernet, the government target for schools is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% below 1990 levels by 2020 -…

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Things I Learned This Week #5

1. The Internet bandwidth used by schools nationally is doubling every 18 months This information snippet was included in a presentation on the National Education Network by Greg Hill, the Deputy Chair. So it seems that Moore’s Law is alive and well in schools too. What it made me wonder is how you allow for…

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Things I Learned This Week #4

Sorry for the delay in publishing this – I actually spent most of my weekend learning about the complexity of CSS scripts, as I redesigned this and six other blogs. Which is why I didn’t write up my Things I Learned on Sunday morning. But rather than tell you what I learned about CSS (horrible,…

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Things I learned this week #3

1. Technology and happiness are linked – in a good way According to a BBC article, there are positive links between access to technology and feelings of well-being, a BCS survey of 35,000 people worldwide found It found that women in developing countries, and people of both sexes with low incomes or poor education, were…

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Things I learned this week #2

1. I learned that satire has it’s place in education ICT Have you ever faced a Canute-like colleague, keen to roll back the tide of technology? Or treats technology problems completely differently from any other kind of problem. For example, I’ve often wondered if we’d ban pencils in classrooms if they were invented today, because…

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Things I learned this week #1

Last weekend, Doug Belshaw’s “Things I learned this week #17” mentioned this blog (although with some fake reluctance), and the post that contained the What’s new in PowerPoint 2010 for teachers video. I often read Doug’s blog, as well as listening to the EdTechRoundUp podcast, which Doug takes part in weekly. The thought hit me…

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