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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Momentum is building for Scratch Your Nose – an interactive coding event for students, schools and coding clubs – with over 300 schools now signed up to be involved!
Taking place on Red Nose Day, March 13th, students and schools are invited to get involved by creating red nose inspired games using the free Scratch programming tool. Over 50 students will be attending a central event at Innovation Birmingham at the Birmingham Science Park where they will be guided and inspired by a variety of industry experts before showcasing to local businesses. Schools across the UK will also be running their own events in school with many of them already preparing games in anticipation.
Schools and students can find Scratch resources and video tutorials on the website. And, a livestream of the entire event will be broadcast from scratchyournose.com so students across the UK can benefit and be inspired by the expert talks.
Ray Maguire, CEO of Gazoob says “We are delighted to see how the Scratch Your Nose event is capturing the imagination of teachers and students across the UK. Not only will the day be fun and raise funds for Comic Relief, but for many students it may be their first experience of coding which can deliver a multitude of learning benefits encouraging creativity, problem-solving skills and team work. Ultimately, it might inspire students to consider a career in the games industry ”.
Students can continue to develop their games after the Scratch Your Nose event and enter into the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition. See ygd.bafta.org for details on how to enter and further game making hints and tips.
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Now in its sixth year, Childnet International would like to invite all primary and secondary schools as well as youth organisations across the UK to enter their challenge to create a short film about internet safety. If the film you create is successful, schools will be invited to London to watch their film being shown on the big screen at London’s BFI Southbank. They will also win a fantastic prize for their school!
This year, they have added a twist to the competition and have teamed up with PhoneBrain, a great organisation who aims to educate users about premium rate services. Teaming up with PhoneBrain has allowed them to stretch and challenge our 11+ category even further. So, for the first time ever there will be 2 projects to choose from in the secondary age category (ages 11 to 18)!
For more information about the competition and the different categories schools and youth organisations can enter, please visit http://www.childnet.com/resources/film-competition/2015
COMPETITION CLOSES: Friday 12th June
FINALISTS NOTIFIED: Friday 19th June
FINALISTS EVENT: Monday 13th July
As technology evolves we are ever more reliant on the use of handheld and mobile devices, yet what do we know about their impact on learning? While there is a lot of interest in mobile technology, many schools still aren’t sure how to best use it for learning and teaching.
Learning with Mobile and Handheld Technologies by John Galloway, Merlin John and Maureen McTaggart shows the changes that are taking place within schools as a direct result of these emerging technologies, and contains case studies with accounts of best practice in a variety of settings including primary, secondary, and special schools, and learning beyond their boundaries. The book also explores themes of pedagogy, communication and affordances, collaborative learning, individual creativity and expression, self-directed and informal learning and outdoor education.
For more information about the book and the authors please see their Learning With Mobile and Handheld Technlogies flyer.
To order your copy and receive 20% off please visit www.routledge.com before 31st December 2015.
Rising Stars would like to invite you to their new series of Switched on Computing unit specific webinars, hosted by the author Miles Berry.
During these webinars, Miles will focus on five different units from Switched on Computing – giving you hints, tips and tools. It will also be a fantastic opportunity to ask him any questions!
For the new term they thought they would try something different and they want YOU to pick the unit for Miles to focus on!
Vote now for your unit and sign up to join them for FREE webinar here.
You are invited to join Jordan Butel for an in-depth training session on Clicker 6, and the new Clicker Apps for iPad, where will learn how to use the intuitive Clicker 6 wizards to create differentiated learning resources on any curriculum topic.
DATE: Wednesday 11th February, Tuesday 17th March, Thursday 21st May & Tuesday 23rd June
VENUE: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Islington, 60 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LA
TIME: 9.30am – 3.30pm
PRICE: £150 per person
Whether you are completely new to Clicker, or want to brush up on your skills, this session will take you all the way through the basics to advanced use, ensuring that you can use Clicker effectively on a day-to-day basis in your classroom.
We will then take a look at our fantastic range of Clicker Apps. Combining Clicker 6 with the apps will enable you to support literacy across the school anywhere, anytime. Each app focuses on one key aspect of Clicker 6 and has a child-friendly, designed-for-touch interface perfectly suited to learners across the primary age range.
Delegates will receive lunch, refreshments throughout the day and a free memory stick full of Clicker resources as well as a copy of our printed training materials to take back to school.
All you will need to do is book a place and turn up on the day – laptops and iPads will be provided.
For further information and/or to book a place please contact Jordan Butel t: 01604 671691 e: RTD@cricksoft.com
To celebrate the launch of the brand new LEGO Education Workshop Zone at LEGOLAND Windsor in Spring 2015 LGfL and LEGO Education are offering a special limited LEGO Education purchase which includes a guarantee for you and your class to have the opportunity to experience a day in the world’s most exciting classroom – for FREE!
To qualify for this special offer you must either purchase a LEGO Education StoryStarter Full Classroom Set for £649.99 + VAT or spend over £1000 ex. VAT on any of the other fantastic LEGO Education resources including LEGO’s brand new maths resouce MoreToMaths. To view the full resource range visit www.legoeducation.co.uk
This offer is currently exclusive to LGfL Connected Schools and is only available to the first 200 schools that place an order using the special offer code ‘LEGOLAND’ before 12.00 on Friday 12th December 2014.
In addition to the visit to LEGOLAND, all 200 schools will automatically qualify to enter a competition to win a LEGO Education Innovation Studio worth over £30,000. Teachers will also be invited to the exclusive LEGO Education Workshop Zone launch event at LEGOLAND Windsor in March 2015.
For further details please see the flyer and the LEGOLAND Windsor website http://www.legoland.co.uk/Book/education/
Teachers and primary 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, ICT
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 children’s existing familiarity with Computer Science 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 Programme 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 units
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 technology