RiskIT – a new tech-based tool to enhance teaching and learning

Developed by Naace member, Mr Benjeddi, RiskIT is a fantastic opportunity to encourage ALL the teachers in your school to try out a new tech-based tool to enhance teaching and learning, whatever subject they are teaching. RiskIT is a campaign that can be adopted in and adapted for your own setting so that teachers are empowered, encouraged and supported in trying something different. It may be a different tech tool, or using a tool they are already familiar with in a different way. RISKingIT is a commitment to continuing professional development and advancing education, whatever the subject area, through the appropriate and effective use of technology.

As part of Naace’s 30th anniversary celebrations, in 2014 we are running a special, extended RiskIT campaign – 30 days of Risking IT for 30 years of Naace. The campaign will take place from 3 November to 2 December 2014.

How can I take part?

Schools who wish to participate are requested to register here. Subsequently, they’ll be contacted and asked to log their progress (case studies). Authors of the best entries will be invited to present their projects during the Naace Conference 2015 and there may even be some prizes for the best run project…

For more details please click here or contact [email protected].

Many thanks to Naace member Mr Benjeddi for letting us include RiskIT in this year’s celebrations. www.riskitweek.com/

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Havering Apple iLearning Festival proves to be an overwhelming success

Havering Apple Regional Training Centre iLearning Festival attracts schools from across the region to share good practice in new technologies in the classroom

The Havering Apple Regional Training Centre iLearning Festival, was an event aimed at improving the use of new technology across the curriculum and to demonstrate ways in which to support the new computing national curriculum.  The cutting-edge event, held on Tuesday 10th June 2014 at CEME Campus in Rainham, included keynote presentations from Nathan Lowe, the Headteacher of Flitch Green Academy on the use of Apple technology to support school improvement and teaching and learning, as well as Apple Distinguished Educator Andrew Goodgame, challenging schools on how they could learn the lessons from the Festival to impact on improvement in their own settings.  The centre piece was a series of workshops delivered by the Havering Apple Regional Training Centre Management Team – including pupils, teaching staff, local authority computing and ICT advisory team members, Apple technical specialists and more…

Dave Smith, Computing and ICT Adviser at Havering School Improvement Services, who manages the Havering Apple Regional Training Centre commented, “The Havering Apple iLearning Festival is a great example of the way in which schools in Havering are working together to share good practice in new technologies.  It was great to see teaching staff and pupils showcasing new ideas and helping their peers in other schools to find new and exciting ways to learn.  Around 100 delegates attended from Havering, East London, Essex, Thurrock and Kent.”

The Havering Apple Regional Training Centre is a partnership between Elm Park Primary School, Engayne Primary School, Havering School Improvement Services (Hsis), Hylands Primary School, Scargill Junior School, The Brittons Academy and Toucan Computing Limited.  Clockhouse Primary School and Trilby also hosted workshop sessions.

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Havering Apple iLearning Festival – Tuesday 10th June 2014

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BOOK NOW FOR A PLACE AT THE FOLLOWING FREE LEARNING SUMMIT

Havering Apple Regional Training Centre

Presents 

Havering Apple iLearning Festival

#havapple14

Tuesday 10th June 2014

12.30pm – 4.00pm or 4.00pm – 7.30pm

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CEME Conference Centre

 Marsh Way, Rainham, Essex

Cost: FREE

Want to make better use of iPads and Apple technology to support teaching and learning? 

Searching for practical ideas and advice from school staff, pupils/students, a serving head teacher, Apple Distinguished Educators, Apple technical specialists and Local Authority advisers?

Looking to close the attainment gap?

Need to enhance provision for SMSC?

If the answer is ‘YES!’  Sign-up now to guarantee a place.

NB. Entrance by ticket only

Please note tickets are limited to 5 per school per session.

What will the conference include?

Each session commences with registration and includes presentations from Nathan Lowe, the Headteacher of Flitch Green Academy, Apple Distinguished Educator (Andrew Goodgame), followed by a series of workshops delivered by the Havering Apple Regional Training Centre Management Team and Clockhouse Primary School  – including pupils, teaching staff, local authority computing and ICT advisory team members, Apple technical specialists and more…

Please see the Havering Apple iLearning Festival v2 for full details.

The centre has free parking and refreshments will be provided.

How to register?

To register for the event please visit Eventbrite www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for the event using the search term ‘Havering Apple iLearning Festival’.   Alternatively, click on the following link:-

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/havering-apple-ilearning-festival-tuesday-10th-june-2014-tickets-11449978193?aff=es2&rank=0

For any questions regarding the event please email [email protected]

Please feel free to promote the event via the hashtag #havapple14

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Kind Regards,

The Havering Apple Regional Training Centre Management Board

What is the Havering Apple Regional Training Centre?

The Havering Apple Regional Training Centre is a partnership between Elm Park Primary School, Engayne Primary School, Havering School Improvement Services (Hsis), Hylands Primary School, Scargill Junior School, The Brittons Academy and Toucan Computing Limited.

Time to return to school after Easter – a school in Holland takes a different approach…

Steve Jobs Schools don’t have lessons, terms or timetables. What they do have is unstructured study time and an abundance of iPads. Adi Bloom investigates a Dutch movement providing a radical alternative…

http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6424542

Published in TES magazine on 18 April, 2014

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Why should you employ digital leaders?

‘Consider the rapid change in technology over the last 20 years; schools may just feel like they’re getting to grips with one aspect of technology when another emerges. The change from ICT to a new computing curriculum does not alter the fact that children need to experience and use a wide range of technology to support, extend and transform their learning. Schools that rely solely on the ICT coordinator are in danger of falling behind if that person leaves, therefore a more sustainable approach is necessary. Digital leaders are one solution.’

Rising Stars, Getting started with digital leaders: a practical guide

View the guide via the following link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bw8rscVFZlaOMVdWWEtmZjl4WlE/edit

How to teach the new Programme of Study with confidence

Teachers and schools in England agonising how they are going to teach computing to their pupils from September 2014 now have the option to buy a complete curriculum package, thanks to Rising Stars Education, written by Miles Berry.

Launched at the Education Show in Birmingham, the managing director and founder of Rising Stars, Andrea Carr told an audience that she was delighted with the new scheme, thanking the efforts of her team and the author. Dave Smith, and curriculum advisor at London’s Havering Borough commented,
 
‘Technology continues to be a massive growth industry worldwide and it’s crucial that we make sure ’s existing familiarity with Computer is underpinned by a solid understanding of the practical applications of technology. Switched on Computing provides primary school teachers, who may not be entirely comfortable teaching many of the aspect of the new of Study, with a well-structured range of dynamic activities and a comprehensive list of topics with open source (free) or existing software. Switched on Computing enriches ICT education by the most affordable yet innovative means possible.’
 
The Key Stage 1 and 2 cover all the computing curriculum requirements, being split into activities and challenges for each year group within the primary setting. The teachers’ pack provides support for all levels of experience with software demos and detailed step-by-step planning. It also embeds e-safety to ensure safe and responsible use of .
 
For further details and to explore the contents for each year group please visit http://www.risingstars-uk.com/series/switched-on-computing/ 
 
 

Switched on Computing progression of skills and knowledge

This progression grid shows you how the 6 strands of the new computing curriculum are developed from Year 1 through to Year 6.  The ‘New’ and ‘Enhanced’ labels show you if units are brand new or enhanced versions of Switched on ICT units.

Narrowing the Achievement Gap using iPads

Dave Smith, Hsis Computing and ICT Adviser, and Steve Bonnick of Toucan Computing will be exploring practical ideas for using iPads to support pupils’ learning across the curriculum to help narrow the achievement gap on Thursday 3rd April, 4.15 - 5.45pm at CEME.

For further details please view the flyer.

For Havering School Improvement Services Package 1 and 3 buyers please book places through the new Havering Education Services booking system www.haveringeducationservices.co.uk  using the course code Hsis-0414-T004.

For Package 2 and non-package buyers, please email the CPD Administrator Lizzy Shrimpton at [email protected]  stating your name and school.

Using iOS and Android apps with Switched on Computing

Switched on Computing comes with a list of suggested software you can choose from for each unit, depending on your preference or the type of systems you have available in school.  There are also suggested apps to go with each unit for those of you using iPads or Android tablets, as listed in this grid.

5 steps for getting started with Switched on Computing

Getting started with Switched on Computing?

This 5-step guide, written by Havering Education Services, provides you with some hints and tips to help you to fully embed Switched On Computing within your school successfully.