Little Harrowden Primary School–small school, big improvement with technology

A Northamptonshire primary school reaps the rewards of investing in a whole-school improvement strategy which puts technology at the heart of children’s learning and shows that these 21st Century approaches are both effective and essential for their children’s future. In the summer of 2008, a new Headteacher and leadership team were appointed to Little Harrowden…

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Shireland Collegiate Academy - bringing lessons’ together

  A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick, West Midlands and explore how their Learning Gateway is used in a number of ways to assist teachers, parents and students alike. This is something that has now been in place over a number of years however since…

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Learning Possibilities Plus & Parklands Primary School - How to make the most of your Learning Gateway

Mark Stewart, our very own Strategic Partner Manager in the Education team, recently had the opportunity to visit Parklands Primary School and join their event with Learning Possibilities Plus (LP+) to understand how they are making the most of their Learning Gateway. Here is his post. It was with extreme pleasure that I was able…

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See Stephen Heppell using the Learning Gateway at Parklands Primary School, 8th March 2011

Educational guru and LP+ Chairman Stephen Heppell will be presenting at Parklands Primary School, Northamptonshire on 8th March 2011 to demonstrate the future of online learning and how ICT and VLE’s can transform learning and parental engagement. School leaders, teachers and students will talk about learning platforms in used in the classroom. Other speakers will…

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Schools spend more money on printer paper than on ICT

How much does your school spend on reprographics – paper, toner, printers, photocopiers, and the staff to run them and keep them running? I’m sure that the average secondary school is spending more on reprographics than they do on their whole ICT budget. Mike Herrity, at Twynham School, found out his school used over a…

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A free tool for creating SCORM learning materials yourself

Have you heard of the free Microsoft Learning Content Development System? We’ve just updated it to version 2.5, which now supports more complex content, and is Firefox and Silverlight 4 compatible. It is a free tool that lets you create high-quality, interactive, online courses, and publish them in SCORM 1.2 packages (exactly what your Learning…

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Parental Engagement–bringing parents on to the Learning Gateway

Last week I wrote about schools using Learning Gateway to connect with parents and followed that with looking at the practical issue of making sure your data is up-to-date. The targets for schools to provide online parental reporting are DCSF & Becta guidelines, not legislation – and as such there probably aren’t penalties for schools…

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Parental Engagement–from vision to practicalities

Last year we worked with the DCSF and a group of schools to record their stories of parental engagement, and what they were doing to build a stronger relationship with parents in their school community. As well as the written case studies on three secondary schools (Blatchington Mill School, Monkseaton High School and Twynham School)…

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Harnessing Technology Grant – kicking a grant while it’s down

A few  weeks ago, on 18th June, the Government cut the Harnessing Technology Grant, in order to find capital funds to start Free Schools. I wrote a blog post at the time to summarise the information. Well, they’ve done it again – this time, when they announced the cancellation of the BSF programme, they also…

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Twynham School and SharePoint 2010

Twynham School, in Christchurch in Dorset, are a school which tends to be at the leading edge of technology – they are often one of the first schools in the UK to implement a school-wide deployment of new Microsoft releases, and the ICT team in the school always seem to be champing at the bit…

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