ICT in Schools Bulletin

JANUARY 2016

Welcome back and Happy New Year

Teaching Digital Citizenship

As we head into the new year it’s a good time to remind children about good digital citizenship habits. Whether our pupils are in primary or secondary school, before we send them out on the web we should be teaching them digital citizenship. Here are some sites from Richard Byrne that can get you started.

The Nine P's

This blog has some interesting thoughts on what students need to learn about in digital literacy.

Bett 2016

"To truly transform education through technology, we need to learn from experts, solution providers and each other. Bett is where this discovery takes place."



The world’s leading event for learning technology returns to ExCel London on 20-23 January 2016. Year-on-year, Bett 2016 provides an environment for educators to keep up to date with the latest learning innovations, to ensure they are offering the very best environment for their students.


Now in its 32nd year, the four-day event is once again set to provide education professionals with an opportunity to see, touch and test the latest and most ground-breaking technologies, providing them with a taste of how those technologies can be used to revolutionise learning.


Bett is on at the Excel, London from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd January. Click here to find out more and to book a ticket.

If you can make it pop in and see Amanda Hayward on the Intel stand C210 or try and attend the discussion panel where she and other Intel Visionaries will be answering questions. Click here to find out more.

FIVE BEST BITS

Out of this world!

If you'd like to follow the adventures/thoughts/experiments of British astronaut Tim Peake on the International Space Station, then here's his Twitter address and NASA website details.

NEW Scratch resources

A comprehensive guide to Scratch. As well as teaching you Scratch through interesting projects, it is very much teacher-focused, with its "Reflection prompts", suggestions for reviewing students' work, and classroom activities. Best of all it's free!

Cool Cat ideas on using Padlet

Padlet is a versatile, easy to use tool for every teacher’s toolkit.

The Internet of Things!

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.The Internet of Things allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across the internet, we now have smart homes where we can control heating systems, and smart fridges that tell us when we have run out of milk! Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020. Classrooms are no strangers to IoT. This article explores possibilities within schools.

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