Free Havering Apple iLearning Festival – Wednesday 8th July 2015

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

On Wednesday 8th July 2015 the Havering Apple RTC Management Board are running, for a second year, a free iLearning Festival at CEME Conference Centre.

Following the same format as last year there are 2 sessions to choose from; afternoon (12.30 – 4pm) and evening (4 – 7.30pm). Each session will commence with registration and include presentations from Mark Jones, the Principal of Belmont Castle (Primary) Academy and Apple Distinguished Educator (Julian Coultas), followed by a series of workshops delivered by the Havering Apple Regional Training Centre Management Team.

Please see the flyer for full details.

To register for the event please email delegate name(s) and school to elizabeth.shrimpton@havering.gov.uk

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 elizabeth.shrimpton@havering.gov.uk

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.

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 elizabeth.shrimpton@havering.gov.uk  stating your name and school.

Overcoming the Fear Factor of the New Curriculum – Chris Speller of Elm Park Primary School, Havering shares his thoughts…

Chris SpellerI stared out to a sea of blank faces. Having shared the new ‘National Curriculum’ for computing during our weekly staff meeting, it suddenly dawned on me that we had a lot of work to do!

As a school, we would say we were very confident using ICT. As big Apple users, we are part of our local ‘Apple Regional Training Center (RTC)’, hosting CPD courses and providing support for other schools in being innovative with computing. We regularly apply and take part in local authority projects, and we enjoy sharing our practice with other schools to help them develop their provision… but was the new curriculum a step too far for some of our staff? Was teaching a subject that they had never taught before, and moreover one that we had not even been taught ourselves, asking for too much?

For my ICT team and I, we never like to fail a challenge. So we started from the very beginning- a very good place to start! The first thing we did was rename the subject ‘computing’; it may sound simple, but it changed both the staff and the children’s perception from ‘let’s make another PowerPoint’ to something that was really quite different. But then we had to think about what ‘computing’ would actually look like in our school and throughout the curriculum.

At our local authority networking meetings, we had heard about ‘Switched on Computing’, a new scheme of work to support schools in developing the new Curriculum. We offered to trial it as a school in its pre-publication stage, as we always love to give our opinion on new things! We ran the same unit throughout the school creating ‘Scratch’ animations based on our topic work. Staff were given lots of support by our ICT technician and ICT HLTA, with some asking them to take the lead and some having them there for moral support, and off they went.

Well, ‘what happened next?’ I hear you say! There was an amazing buzz throughout the school. Children were excited about the animations they had made, with siblings asking each other what they had done. Children were going home, downloading the program, creating their own animations, and coming into class as ‘Scratch’ experts the next week.

Our ‘Digital Leaders’ (an extra-curricular club, made up of children who are highlighted as talented in ICT) had sneaky sessions on it before it was taught in class so they could be the ‘experts’. This allowed them to support the other children (and more importantly the teachers) in showing the best ways to use the program. Maybe the biggest result was that our staff actually saw all of the long curriculum jargon, which they thought they could never see their kids achieving in class, actually happening. Children were using words like ‘sequencing’ and ‘algorithms’ and they actually knew what they meant! We were so impressed that we not only sent copies of the work back to Rising Stars, who created ‘Switched on Computing’, to say ‘It actually works!’, but partnered with a school in Greece to share the animations that we had made. And as one teacher put it… ‘It was all surprisingly achievable after all!’

So, maybe the future does look bright for ‘computing’ at our school. We are sure it won’t be easy, with all our staff having to learn to become networkers, programmers and debugging experts, but we know with a solid curriculum map and scheme of work behind us, we are excited to see the new generation of ‘computer scientists’ raise up from our midst. Also, it wouldn’t happen without an invaluable support team, making sure the software is installed, the computers are booked out and ready and taking that extra time to understand the programs in detail. Once the kids naturally get the hang of this, who knows what the curriculum will move on to look like in the future!

Chris Speller
Senior Teaching & Learning Leader – Elm Park Primary School

Originally published on the Bett Blog…

Read more: http://www.bettshow.com/page.cfm/action=library/libID=12/libEntryID=43

Important iOS 7 Information

A message from our Havering Apple RTC colleagues at Toucan Computing regarding iOS7:

Toucan Computing are delighted that this latest free update is now being downloaded and we are excited by the new and extra features. However, we strongly recommend that schools do NOT attach any iPads at present to Apple’s Configurator software. We will be issuing further advice as soon as possible but in the meantime we encourage schools NOT to attempt to manage their iPads via Configurator or update the iOS. The latest version of Configurator has only just been released in the last few hours and so we have not tested it and can not offer support on it. We wish to create a clear set of instructions on the sequence for updating the iPads and Configurator to minimise any downtime.

If you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact Steve Bonito at Toucan Computing at sbonito@toucancomputing.co.uk or on 0208 351 5111.

 

Havering Apple Regional Training Centre FREE Course

Still places available 

Havering Apple Regional Training Centre

– An introduction to Final Cut Pro

Tuesday 21st May 2013 4:15 – 5:45pm

at The Brittons Academy

led by The Brittons Academy

Cost: FREE

*Course Code DSM/2012-13/78

Demonstrating how to use Final Cut Pro to edit film, by taking a piece of raw film footage and editing it using a professional standard piece of software. This includes skills such as trimming and arranging clips, adding transitions and titles, as well as levelling and balancing audio.

For schools buying into the Havering School Improvement Services’ Packages please book via the Havering Online CPD system using the Course Code* –  www.haveringcpd.org.uk

 For educational establishments who are not members of the Havering School Improvement Services’ Packages and non-Havering LA please email the CPD Administrator elizabeth.shrimpton@havering.gov.uk 

 We look forward to seeing you on the day.

 Kindest Regards,

 The Havering Apple Regional Training Centre Management Board

Havering Apple Regional Training Centre free course – sign-up now…

Free Courses for Apple devices

Please join the Havering Apple Regional Training Centre partnership for the following exciting course to help your educational establishment develop the use of Apple tools to support teaching and learning.

Course Title: QR Codes

This course will look at how to create QR codes and how this can be used on iPods to support and enhance learning in areas of the curriculum. There will also be a chance to see how the software has been used at Scargill Junior School, as well as a chance to explore the software.

Date: Tuesday 30th April 2013

Time: 4.15pm-5.45pm

Venue/Led by: Scargill Junior School (http://webfronter.com/havering/scargilljun/)

Audience: Primary school teachers and teaching assistants

Cost: Free       

Course code: DSM/2012-13/84

Click here to download the course flyer  Please share with colleagues and pin-up in your staffroom or via your learning platform.

How to book:

Schools buying into the Havering School Improvement Services’ Packages – please book via the Havering Online CPD system using the *HSIS Course Booking Code – www.haveringcpd.org.uk

Educational establishments who are not members of the Havering School Improvement Services’ Packages and non-Havering LA – Please email elizabeth.shrimpton@havering.gov.uk 

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.  The aim is to promote the effective use of Apple devices in education.

Apple Regional Training Centre free courses – sign-up now…

Free Courses for Apple devices

Please join the Havering Apple Regional Training Centre partnership for the following exciting courses to help your educational establishment develop the use of Apple tools to support teaching and learning.

1. Course Title: Apps across the curriculum

Come along and get hands-on at this course, where Hsis Computing and ICT Adviser Dave Smith will be sharing a variety of ways in which Apple apps, iPads and iPods can be used to support pupils’ learning across the Primary curriculum. Case studies, supporting websites, as well as strategic advice on how to rollout iOS devices in schools will be provided.

Date: Wednesday 27th February 2013

Time: 4.15pm-5.45pm

Venue: Elm Park Primary School

Led by: Dave Smith – Computing and ICT Adviser, Havering School Improvement Services

Audience: Primary school teachers and teaching assistants

Cost: Free

Course code: DSM/2012-13/81

Click here to download the course flyer Please share with colleagues and pin-up in your staffroom or via your learning platform.

2. Course Title: QR Codes

This course will look at how to create QR codes and how this can be used on iPods to support and enhance learning in areas of the curriculum. There will also be a chance to see how the software has been used at Scargill Junior School, as well as a chance to explore the software.

Date: Tuesday 30th April 2013

Time: 4.15pm-5.45pm

Venue/Led by: Scargill Junior School (http://webfronter.com/havering/scargilljun/)

Audience: Primary school teachers and teaching assistants

Cost: Free       

Course code: DSM/2012-13/84

Click here to download the course flyer  Please share with colleagues and pin-up in your staffroom or via your learning platform.

How to book:

Schools buying into the Havering School Improvement Services’ Packages – please book via the Havering Online CPD system using the *HSIS Course Booking Code – www.haveringcpd.org.uk

Educational establishments who are not members of the Havering School Improvement Services’ Packages and non-Havering LA – Please email elizabeth.shrimpton@havering.gov.uk 

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.  The aim is to promote the effective use of Apple devices in education.