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.

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  using the course code Hsis-0414-T004.

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

iPad: Learning Now, For The Future – Last few places remaining

Toucan Computing are running a repeat of their exclusive whole day training event  iPad: Learning Now, For The Future on Tuesday 26th November at 9.30am at Bowes Primary School.


  • iPads in primary schools
  • Hands-on session, including using Apps within the primary curriculum
  • The use of iMovie and Showbie in the classroom 
  • Tour of Bowes Primary School
  • Classroom observation of KS1 and KS2 using iPads
  • Q&A

 Registration  is £395 + VAT and includes: 

  • a full day of iPad training;
  • follow up session;
  • a FREE iPad mini & case;
  • £15 iTunes Voucher;
  • lunch;
  • classroom observation time of primary pupils using iPads.


9.30 am – Tuesday 26th November 2013

Bowes Primary School,
Bowes Road,
New Southgate
London, N11 2HL

To secure your place, please contact:

Steve Bonito at Toucan Computing: 020 8351 5111

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 or on 0208 351 5111.


The E-reading revolution – eBooks and eReaders – a course to find out more…

working with Havering School Library Service

The E-reading revolution

Hornchurch Library

Thursday 22nd November 2012

Target audience: primary and secondary school library staff and teachers

Ebooks are becoming very popular and lots of school staff are excited about the possibilities but there are so many decisions to be carefully made before using them in an educational environment – which ereaders to invest in, will you be operating a ‘bring your own device’ scheme, who will benefit most from using them and what are the practicalities?  Would you be better to buy books individually or buy into one of the new ebook platforms?  There are several platforms that are designed to be used in schools but what are the pluses and minuses of each one?  The library is of course the most natural environment in which to introduce this exciting way of reading but it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ situation and what suits one group of students may not be engaging for another.  How can you use ebooks to enthuse struggling readers, make the reading experience easier for Dyslexic students and will libraries all be digital in the future?

Tablets are also causing quite a stir, with Apple devices seeming the most popular but finding app gems amongst the whole mess of the app store is indeed like digging for buried treasure – without a map!  There are some quite wonderful interactive book apps and storytelling apps available that will suit all abilities and interests but finding value for money, effective ones is very difficult and time consuming.  It is of course essential to be able to demonstrate that you are using these expensive purchases to their full capacity and to most benefit learning and teaching in your school.  Your technicians may well be ill at ease about tablets, but there are ways to control the access students have to app buying etc. on them that will hopefully alleviate their concerns.

This course will discuss the pluses and minuses of several devices, inform you about how to set them up for school use and give some possible uses for learning and teaching as well as showcasing apps that you can use to encourage young people to read for pleasure and information.  At the end of the day you will be better equipped to make informed choices about entering the digital reading world in your library.

Download the course flyer here eReading Revolution 221112

Apple Distinguished Educator training at Elm Park Primary School, Havering

Read the following article by Anthony Evans regarding yesterday’s Apple Distinguished Educator session with Julian Coultas at Elm Park Primary School, Havering. 

The course was part of the wider Havering Apple Regional Training Centre programme for 2012-13.   Click here to download the current programme and booking details.


iPad Lock Screens – Great ideas from John Moore of Hacton Primary School, Havering

John Moore, Hacton Primary School’s ICT Technician has kindly shared the iPad lock screens that he has developed for Hacton Primary School and Broadford Primary School. Some very good eSafety, iPad sharing and Handling tips are included.

John commented that, “I follow the Havering ICT Blog with interest and, as a follow up to ‘Our iPad Rules’ (28th September), I thought you might like to know that at Hacton and Broadford we add the iPad rules as the Lock Screen wallpaper (see attached). Perhaps not a new idea but it seems to be a convenient way of reminding pupils about their responsibilities.”

Thanks John – we always welcome your input and advice.  Keep it coming!

Dave, Penny and Amanda

The Hsis ICT Team

Hacton Primary iPad Lock Screen


Broadford Primary iPad Lock Screen