WrightICT eNews

Issue 2

Welcome

Welcome to the 2nd edition of the WrightICT eNewsletter.


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

Consultation on the legislation to replace the title ICT with the title Computing

Very quickly after the close of public consultation on the curriculum for English Schools the UK Parliament has decided to replace the title ICT with the title Computing for their description of a subject.

There is now just one step left in the political process to complete this rejuvenation project and that is to consult on the required legislation. You can read about this decision and choose to respond to the consultation, which closes the first week in June, here http://t.co/kOhQ7C5H7V

Blogging

Much has been written about blogging and the positive outcomes it brings and a number of local schools have begun to blog.

I'm just beginning a project where pupils will have a personal blog and use this to keep a Learning Log/ePortfolio of their ICT work.. and possibly more subjects possibly later on.

It's early days yet, but I began with my KS2 pupils last week and I was very impressed with their responses and enthusiasm. You can read about it it in more detail on my blog.

We're using J2Bloggy as I think this is the only product that allows a whole school to have unlimited individual pupil blogs- so each pupil can have as many as they choose- and also provides teacher administration of them.

Please contact me if you'd like to know more.

Ofsted and ICT

A few gleaned quotes by David Brown, Ofsted National Adviser for ICT whilst speaking at a Primary ICT conference in London on May 9th.


  • "Inspectors will expect that a broad & balanced curriculum will include… ICT"
  • "Accredited eSafety training" means any form of accreditation - not just CEOP"
  • "The Head and the Governors will be held accountable for e-safety within a school not the head of ICT"
  • "It's easy for Governors to agree spending on things they can see."
  • "If e-safety is an issue in a school it will have implications on the Leadership and Management judgement."
  • "You've bought 50 iPads - so what?" Impact Impact Impact!



Bring Your Own Device


What does “bring your own device” mean?

Bring your own device (often shortened to BYOD) is the term used to describe the connection of a personally-owned device (such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet) to a wi-fi network provided by a company or other organisation such as a public library, university or school.

A new Guidance Note on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) opportunities and considerations for schools is now available for download here.

YOTS

The Your Own Technology Survey (YOTS) is a (free) tool to help schools and researchers better understand the digital technology available to their students at home, and how that technology might be utilized to enhance educational outcomes

The Technology Expectation Curve

Pick a piece of technology that was introduced to schools anytime over the past 15 years and see if it fits the pattern of the graph below.

IWBs, Learning Platforms....




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Naace Self-review Framework and ICT Mark course 19 June 2013


Venue: De Vere West One, Oxford Circus, London

This course is designed to support schools who are working through the Self-review Framework (SRF) and towards the ICT Mark.

Click here for further details.

Google Play Store for Education

Interesting new development looming on the tablet front. Google is planning a Play Store for Education and remote management of tablets.

Whilst there's choice a plenty of Android tablets available, purchasing and managing apps for schools hasn't been all that smooth. Looks like things are set to change.

My blog post on the conundrum of 'which device?' is here.

EAL Software

EducationCity.com has a new series of case study videos to support the use of its Learn English module for pupils learning English as an additional language. There are three videos in all, each showing the Learn English module from a different user group’s perspective. See what the Deputy Head, the pupils themselves, and the school’s New to English teachers who use the module on a daily basis find the module by clicking this link.

Handy Apps

Apps that I've come across recently that look promising

I Can Present.

The popular educational software, I Can Present, which was created by Kudlian is now available as an app for iOS 5, 6 and Android devices. The app allows students to write and edit their own teleprompt script and record their broadcast. Once the recording is complete, they can export it as a movie file, on the go, which is perfect for ‘on location’ reporting whilst at an event or on a school fieldtrip.

iReadWrite

iReadWrite makes reading easier and ensures accurate writing as you use your iPad for school, work and leisure.

See it in action on YouTube, so probably not in school then!


See Touch Learn

A Picture Card Learning System, similar to your physical flash cards. Designed by professionals specifically for those with autism and other special needs.