ICT in Schools Bulletin


This Is 40,000 Years of London’s History—Made Entirely of Paper


I am absolutely loving Symbaloo!

Symbaloo is a tool to visually organize all online content of your school. With Symbaloo you:

  • Have one homepage for the whole school
  • Have one administrator or multiple teachers to insert all websites they need for any class

To learn about how Symbaloo works, see blog.symbaloo.com/bett

It's a great way to keep students focused on using the sites you want them to go to. Try it for free, I think you'll love it too!

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Free Cyber Security Training

Wednesday, March 2nd, 10:30am-12:30pm

David Goldman Informatics Centre University of Sunderland SR6 0DD

Dynamo North East is teaming up with the region’s law enforcement agencies, universities and colleges to provide free Cyber Security training to businesses within the region. Beginning in March 2016, Dynamo will host six free training events on Teesside, Tyneside and Wearside to provide practical security guidance to organisations concerned about cyber-crime.
The training will focus on how to implement the measures promoted by the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme. Adopting such measures significantly reduces an organisation’s vulnerability to the majority of common cyber-attacks. Businesses with effective cyber hygiene are less susceptible to fraud, extortion, theft of customer data, denial of critical assets and other forms of financial loss. The Cyber Essentials scheme is also now a mandatory requirement for new contract awards to companies within the supply chains of Central Government and the Ministry of Defence.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 from 08:30 to 12:30 (GMT)

The David Goldman Informatics Centre - University of Sunderland. St Peter's Way. Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR6 0DD

To Book or for more information CLICK HERE

Windows 10 for Education

Are you using Windows 10? If you are this ebook looks at some of the ways latest features Windows 10 can help transform learning.


How to create fake Facebook profiles.

Creating a fake Facebook profile for a character in a book or of a famous person in history could be a good way to get students interested in writing about that person. Doing that on Facebook.com is a violation of Facebook's terms of service, but there are ways to create fake Facebook profiles without using Facebook.com. One of those ways is to use Derrick Waddell's Facebook template for historical figures. The template is a Google Drawings template. In the video embedded below Richard Byrne demonstrates how to use the template.
How to use Google Drawings to Create Historical Facebook Profiles

Mystery Skype

The idea is incredibly simple, but how it unfolds can be magical. When else can you see students using all of their background knowledge, tech savvy and common sense just to figure out where someone is in the world?

How do you get involved:

  • Connect with another classroom. Just Google “Mystery Skype” or check out Skype in the Classroom and you’ll find plenty of eager participants.
  • Pick a date and a time.
  • Get your webcam and microphone ready. Don’t forget to do a test call to make sure your technology is working. If Skype is blocked at your school, try using Google Hangouts instead.
  • Explain the game to your students by saying something like: “We are on a mission. We have to find out where this mystery class is calling us from. It can be from anywhere in the world, but we can only ask yes or no questions. They, in turn, are trying to figure out where we are.”
  • Assign roles for your class.
  • Go for it!

Find out more by clicking here and going to Pernille Ripp's ISTE blog.

Here are some more ideas on using Skype in the classroom:


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