WrightICT eNews

Issue 3


Welcome to the 3rd edition of the WrightICT eNewsletter.

Articles and further snippets via my website and Twitter. Details of both at the foot of the page.

Get Online at Home Initiatve

Get Online @ Home launches £24 PC, with broadband from just £2.99 per month, to help the 10.8 million Brits who do not use the internet.
From 11 June 2013, the Get Online @ Home initiative is launching a £24 refurbished PC with broadband from £2.99 per month, to help the staggering number of digitally excluded Brits get online – including 10.8 million aged 15 and over who do not use the internet, 16 million who still do not have basic online skills, and 800,000 of the most disadvantaged UK schoolchildren who do not have home internet access.

Shape The Future Scheme

RM have partnered with Microsoft and Intel to provide subsidised hardware and software to assist schools in moving towards 1:1 provision. Each computer comes with a range of educational software.

The computers must be for 1:1 use and you need to be a UK school to qualify.

For more information click here.

However, if it's the appeal of a cheaper tablet that's grabbed your attention it might be prudent to wait as there are rumours that Microsoft will be discounting its Surface tablets by as much as 50% for schools.

Parents' Guide to Technology

If you are providing information to parents for the summer holidays on how to keep children safe when they are using internet enabled devices such as tablets and smartphones, then this link provides some excellent resources.

In addition, the Parents' guide to Technology can be found here.

Safe Internet Searching

KidRex is a fun and safe search for kids. KidRex searches emphasize kid-related webpages from across the entire web and are powered by Google Custom Search™ and use Google SafeSearch™ technology.
To learn more about how it works, click here.
To try it out, click here.
I tried using a range of innapropriate search terms and all returned a polite 'Oops. Try Again' message.

Safe Image Resource Bank

If you're not comfortable with pupils accessing public image sites, such as Google Images or Flickr, the NEN Gallery is worth viewing. All images are moderated before publication and they're categorised into curriculum friendly topics.

There are also sound and video files available.

You can register and upload your own images. I have and it does leave you with a good feeling when you see your pics have had x viewings. More here.

Primary Schools and Facebook

Please follow this link for an article that appeared in the London Grid for Learning Newsletter. It clarifies the common misconception about Facebook's sign-up age and data collection being a 'US only thing' and its conclusion is very clear. Facebook is for over 13s only.

Using Images of Pupils

A new 1 Minute guide from the LGfL eSafety group is now available outlining the issues that schools should consider when using images of children. Click here to view.

Google's Guide to Staying Safe Online

Less about pupils' online behaviours and more about personal online safety and security, this might be worth sharing with parents and staff. There are handy tips on keeping your devices secure, creating secure passwords and identity theft. Click here to view.

RiskIT 2013

If you Risked It in 2012, you will remember that this is a couple of weeks set aside when the senior leadership team in school encourage staff to try something new with ICT. You can find out more about last year’s event here.
RiskIT 2013 will take place between 4th-15th November. To find out more, click here.

Using Apps In School?

If so, NAACE would love to hear what you are doing and how you are using them. If you have answered their survey before, then they would also like to hear how your use of tablets is evolving as you embed their use into school life. Click here for the survey.

Handy Apps and Sites

I've blogged about Picture Teller before, but it cropped up in conversation recently, so I thought it would be worth a reminder. It's a simple, but very useful presentation tool and the finished product can be linked to, downloaded or embedded in your own site/blog.

I think that one of its strengths is the lack of formatting options. Pupils can't spend too much time in exploring frivolous animation effects as they're not there and so they'll hopefully be more inclined to focus on the content. Less is more and all that.

Class Dojo. An easy to use behaviour management tool. Simply upload your class list and each pupil is given an icon. You simply click an icon and add a behaviour statement. Positive and negative statements are provided, but you can add your own. Access is via the web, or apps for both Android and Apple devices. If you choose, the data collected can be shared with parents. Best of all... it's free.

If you have iPads and J2E, then the new J2Launch app should be on your 'things to download' list.

GeoGuesser. Use photographs from around the world and the your wits to see if you can guess where you are. You have 5 different photos for each challenge and the software gives you a score and tells you how near you were to the answer. Be warned, it can be a tad addictive.... and difficult too.

As the end of term looms, you might find a use for these summer activities on the J2E site.