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LGfL Literacy Project launches with update to Blog Central

Featuring an inspirational keynote from David Mitchell, founder of quadblogging and widely recognised as the leading expert on blogging in schools. He offered a blend of proven practical techniques for all teachers, and also led workshops on the role of social media in developing a wider audience for pupils’ writing: a challenging but achievable task. http://www.lgfl.net/News/Pages/Article.aspx?id=666

LGfL launches The M Room!

LGfL has launched The M Room, (www.mroom.lgfl.net​) an exciting new English and History resource for KS3 and KS4, giving exclusive access to secret World War II listening sites where the British Secret Service bugged high-ranking German military prisoners. http://www.lgfl.net/News/Pages/Article.aspx?id=662

LGfL launches new augmented-reality prehistory resource

New to the National Curriculum in 2014 is prehistory, which has never formally been taught at primary level before. This presents a unique challenge to teachers, as it spans a vast period of time (800,000 years), and unlike many other eras, is largely lacking in incontrovertible evidence for approximately 98% of the timeline.

LGfL has commissioned a unique new resource to bring this abstract period of history to life: Prehistoric Britain: ActiveWorksheets. Packed with information for students and teachers, it consists of a mobile app, Internet microsite, augmented-reality worksheets, teacher notes and lesson plans, and even 3D printer files. http://www.lgfl.net/News/Pages/Article.aspx?id=663
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It is a “hollow ambition” to want every child in a school to have a tablet, unless there is a clear strategy for what teachers wanted to achieve with them…

Educational technology costing hundreds of millions of pounds a year will not provide a “miracle cure” to underachievement and could be abandoned by teachers, according to a leading researcher.

Innovations such as massive open online courses (Moocs) and tablet computers had their benefits, but they did not provide an instant fix for teachers, said Wayne Holmes, a researcher at the University of London’s Institute of Education.

It was a “hollow ambition” to want every child in a school to have a tablet, unless there was a clear strategy for what teachers wanted to achieve with them, Dr Holmes told TES ahead of his appearance at the ResearchED conference in London next weekend.

His comments also precede a major report on how to improve the use of educational technology, which is to be published this autumn by the UK government’s Education Technology Action Group (Etag).

The document, which will be presented to ministers, will outline a range of short- and long-term initiatives to remove the barriers faced by schools and colleges trying to make the most of technology.

Read the full article from the TES by clicking on the link below…


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Tomorrow’s world, where teachers are obsolete. Experts predict online lessons will be the norm in 15 years…

Imagine a world where most of a student’s learning takes place on their home computer, and where schools and teachers are in danger of becoming obsolete. Exams are defunct and pupils are judged by their peers via LinkedIn-style profile endorsements. Academic knowledge is largely irrelevant and education, funded by parents and business, focuses on developing the skills required for work.

To many teachers, passionate about sharing their subject with the next generation, this may sound like some kind of dystopian nightmare. But according to hundreds of global experts, this is how the world of education will look in 15 years’ time.

A survey carried out for the upcoming World Innovation Summit for Education (Wise) has revealed a collective vision for education in 2030 that is radically different from the classroom-centred model of today.

Read the full article from the TES by clicking on the link below…


The LGfL Literacy project

Following on from the success of David Mitchell’s input into the LGfL conference at the end of April 2014, LGfL is funding a unique opportunity to support London school teachers in the effective use of the Blogging to support literacy achievement in London Schools.   The aim of the project is to develop and share good practice in the use of Blogging to impact on literacy across the curriculum, across all Key Stages. Teachers from all Key Stages are welcome to take part in the project, but participants must be from LGfL connected schools.​

The project will include:

Part 1 – LGfL Blogging Project Launch at Camden CLC on 10th October  – See more at http://www.lgfl.net/curriculum-resources/Pages/blogging.aspx#sthash.ZA016Qm5.dpuf

Part 2 – Project work in schools – supported by local authorities (Havering included for Hsis package schools) Work inspired by project launch day developed in participating schools.

Part 3 – Sharing good practice day – at Camden CLC – 27th February at Camden CLC.  An opportunity to share good practice developed within LGfL schools since the start of the project – See more at http://www.lgfl.net/curriculum-resources/Pages/blogging.aspx#sthash.ZA016Qm5.dpuf

For more information on the project visit http://blogging.lgfl.net .

Booking is essential. If you are interested, please register as soon as possible via the site as places are being filled quickly.

myDrive – a new ‘included’ service brought to you by LGfL

The London Grid for Learning brings to you a new ‘included’ service called ‘myDrive’. Likened to ‘Dropbox’, but a much safer alternative which schools can control, it offers school users secure file storage and allows you to share documents, images and other file types amongst your teams, classes and pupils in a secure, e-safe, way.  By storing files within a personal secure area ‘in the cloud’ users are able access their files from any online location, using a range of devices, which will make it easier for work and learning started in school to be continued beyond the school gate.

For more information about how myDrive works, what it does and how to use it, please see LGfL’s website.


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There’s more to learning than ‘either or’ technology

For many years Dave Smith, Computing and eSafety Adviser with Havering Education Services has helped schools that are interested in using visualisers for whole-class sharing of visual and digital resources. Now he’s suddenly coming across people who think the choice is either iPads/tablets or visualisers.

Why do people working with educational technology suddenly get taken with an ‘either or’ mentality?

There is, of course, an antidote: keep the technologies that you are comfortable with and ensure they work well with new ones they want to adopt. You can find schools where teachers and learners have been very comfortable with their IWBs and are happily continuing to use them alongside iPod Touches, iPads, LearnPads, Surfaces, laptops, desktop PCs or whatever else takes their fancy. They do this in all sorts of interesting ways, even sharing materials from their iPads (via AppleTV) on their SMARTBoards and then using the board’s interactive tools to develop them further…

To read the full article and tips on getting it right click here.

Safer Internet Day 2015 – ‘Let’s create a better internet together.’

Safer Internet Day 2015 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 10th February with the slogan Let’s create a better internet together.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. 

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and 31 national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us!

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Failing to Succeed: Naace Conference 2015

On 25th – 26th March 2015, the Naace Conference will focus on highly successful individuals who have overcome failure to succeed in their profession with technology playing a major role in their journey.

 Everyone experiences failure and there is value in failing, as each failure provides a lesson, from which you can draw knowledge to help you succeed. We are all aware of the positive impact that technology can have on learning and the Naace conference will provide you with lots of useful tips and ideas to take away as well as motivate you to try something new.

The two day event will be jam packed with inspiring keynotes, breakout sessions, NaaceShare and the prestigious Naace Impact Awards. There will also be plenty of time to browse the exhibition and network with colleagues.

 This is the conference to attend if you are passionate about advancing education through technology!

Click here for more details & to book your place online

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CPD day – Using technology to support pupils with special needs

Crick Software will be sponsoring a CPD session in London this term for primary school SENCos on using technology to support pupils with special needs.

Passionate education speakers from across the UK will be sharing their ideas, successes and top tips on selecting the right products for your pupils, and how to get the best out of them. In addition, there will be a session providing valuable guidance on successfully implementing the new SEN framework.

The day will be held at the Hilton London Euston on Thursday 27th November 2014 from 9am – 4pm.

Please see the Promotional Flyer for details on the sessions.

For further  information or to book a place please call Crick Software on 01604 671691, visit www.cricksoft.com/CPD or email [email protected]

Places at each event are limited and priced at just £89 per delegate. Delegates who book places before October 31st will get an early bird discounted rate of £79 and if you want to attend with a collague a special rate of £150 for two is also available!

Anderton Tiger Radio App – Download, Listen and Be Engaged!

Russell Prue interviews Havering’s very own radio star Penny Patterson


A dear friend to the Hsis Computing and eSafety Team, Russell Prue has recently launched a new app ‘Anderton Tiger Radio’ broadcasting 24 hours a day to the education community.  Russell tells us all about it here…

“I’ve been broadcasting on the Internet Radio since 2008.  Listeners usually come to the live stream through a link on Twitter or Facebook or initially through a link on my webpage but this isn’t always possible and with the increase of mobile listening I thought it was time to get an App!  My Android App went live last year and just a week ago I submitted my iPhone App to iTunes for approval.  Today, I’m published, there are costs of course each month for us to keep the App live, but our listeners have been asking for it for a year.  Anderton Tiger Radio is live 24hrs a day with a mix of non-stop interviews, student bands and chat about issues affecting education and young people.  The programmed rolling schedule is interrupted for live events and to air student workshops, check out our schedule at www.AndertonTiger.com/Listen   We’re at BETT next year broadcasting from the Toshiba Stand and you’ll be able to listen through the App on your iPhone or Android device.  Download the free App and let us know what you think, there’s always something interesting on the show and you can comment live using the App too.”


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