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

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/ 
 
 

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.

Time for a new Computing curriculum in England… Time to source resources and advice at the Education Show

Dave Smith, Computing and ICT Adviser for Havering School Improvement Services in London explores how the Education Show can help support you in teaching the new Computing curriculum.

The advent of a new National Curriculum for computing in England with a strong focus on computer science has meant that teachers are currently having to upskill themselves in readiness for the rollout of the curriculum in September 2014. 

Previous incarnations of the National Curriculum in England would have been accompanied with government procured curriculum materials, training and advice.  The new computing curriculum for primary schools in England is no more than 2 sides of A4 paper and brief in its statements.  The devolving of previously ring-fenced technology and training budgets directly to schools, is allowing schools the autonomy to source their own training and resources, meaning they have got to act smart in choosing the right sources. 

BESA (stand F5-E6) reported that “The survey of 1,238 UK schools (731 primary, 507 secondary) which was conducted in July 2013 found that in the school year 2014/15 schools forecast their ICT expenditure will be higher in cash terms than at any other time on record. Investment in hardware replacement, peripherals, software and technical support will reach £14,220 per primary school and £65,570 in each secondary school.” 

The Education Show offers a great opportunity to support these areas of investment in educational technology, with a number of companies and advisory bodies providing resources and ideas to address the requirements of the Computing curriculum, as well as a string of seminars to help guide teachers in implementing it.  Here’s just a taste of what is on offer…

I always make for the TTS stand at the Education Show (stand C2). They have a great catalogue for Computing and ICT with all of the resources in one place.  Checkout the fantastic Makey Makey kits and rechargeable Beebots and their big brother the Probot – a must for any programming activities. The Lego Education (A73) stand has got to be a must too.  Linking Lego WeDo to Scratch is fun and very engaging.  

Nationally, various free and paid for teaching materials are being developed by teachers and organisations to help support the new curriculum.  In Havering, we decided to work with specialist educational publishers Rising Stars (D44) and Miles Berry of the University of Roehampton, London to develop Switched on Computing (building on the success of its predecessor Switched on ICT – now in approximately 4000 schools globally).  This partnership provides comprehensive curriculum materials for primary schools.

Education City (F49-E50) have just launched their ‘Computing’ module, where pupils can explore new ideas to help them use computational thinking and creativity to understand the world around them. ZuLogic have recently unveiled their new Zu3D Stopframe animation app for iPads, where pupils can create their own animation by taking pictures, importing and recording sounds then adding titles, credits and speech bubbles.

And of course, where would educational technology at the Education Show be without that bastion of excellence 2simple Software Ltd (H40). They have recently added 2code to the offering within the fantastic Purple Mash. 2code is very impressive in terms of its simplicity of use, progressive nature and all round teacher and pupil-friendly approach. Or as 2simple put it, 2Code “lets teachers with no prior knowledge of coding deliver engaging and challenging lessons for children in KS1 and KS2.”

Also, make sure that you visit the British Council (H41) and find out about how eTwinning can be used for communication and collaboration.  Blogging, emailing, videoconferencing – you name it, you can do it through eTwinning – and best of all, it is free, gratis, gratuit, kostenlos…

Finally, the Education Show is home to some world-class CPD opportunities.  Checkout the Technology in Education seminars for an array of speakers and content.  I will be interested in what the Computing at School Master Teachers say on the topic of the new curriculum for primary and secondary phases.

There is even more, but I have a word limit to keep to!  You will just have to visit the Education Show for yourself to find out everything else.  Therefore, if you have not already registered for the Education Show, now is the time to get online and get signed-up.  You won’t be disappointed.  

See you there! 

Dave Smith is a member of the Board of Management of Naace, is a Naace Fellow and a Bett Show and Education Resource Awards Judge. He also has over 10 years’ teaching and senior leadership experience in 3 schools and has been a governor of 4 schools.  Follow him on Twitter @davesmithict.

Switched on Computing – What you need to know…

In light of the new national curriculum requirements, Switched on Computing will be published in February 2014. This is a new (and renamed) edition of Switched on ICT, which includes the best of Switched on ICT combined with new and exciting units to enable teachers to deliver the Programme of Study for Computing quickly, easily and with confidence.

To keep updated with the new Switched on Computing – please follow @SwitchedOnComp on Twitter. Switched on Computing is FREE for schools that bought Switched on ICT in 2013 and half price if purchased before then.  Schools buying into the Havering School Improvement Services’ Packages at Level 1, 2 and 3 will receive it for free as part of their package.  The Hsis Computing and ICT team will be in contact with schools to arrange distribution in due course.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the new scheme.