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An Hour of Code (IN 50 MINUTES)





Two weeks ago several classes, of Yr 8 and Yr 10, took part in completing their ‘hour of code’ in class; they had to do it this week as they are unavailable next week.

I was genuinely impressed by the effort the children put in and the interest they showed in the activity.

The task set was simple; visit the …

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Added by Richard Blaize on March 9, 2014 at 20:02 — No Comments

Listen again to NAACE RADIO Show No.1

Added by Russell Prue on March 8, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

Education Innovation

Last Friday I attended the ‘Education Innovation‘ event in Manchester and I was generally impressed with what was on offer from a free two day event.

It was a bit lucky I decided to actually attend the event; I’d received a free flyer in the post and just put it to one side for a few days. When I eventually looked at it it was addressed generally to the Head of ICT and I just thought it was junk mail.

I looked…

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Added by Richard Blaize on March 5, 2014 at 14:48 — No Comments


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Learn to code with Lunar Panda

Founded by three computer geeks from Cambridge and a professional animator from Barcelona, Gimpy Software are intent on doing their bit for the UK IT Industry. It’s no surprise that the hacker culture amongst kids today has vanished along with the BBC Micros and ZX Spectrums of yesteryear. Computer lessons in schools seem more intent on teaching pupils about spread sheets and no one really needs to know how a…

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Added by Adrian Killens on May 3, 2013 at 18:30 — No Comments

Inspiring Writing - Dyslexia Conference - Durham

I had just the most wonderful time yesterday with colleagues at The Durham Centre.  It was a conference with the focus on Inspiring Writing for young people with Dyslexia.  You might like to look at my handouts from the conference or perhaps consider having me along to your event.  With plenty of advice and ideas for using ICT with young people with specific learning needs this session rocked.  Take a look at the PDF and website for an idea of what I said.  …

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Added by Russell Prue on April 27, 2013 at 11:52 — No Comments

Half-Price Workshops this term

Live Radio workshop for learners of all ages at your school.  Everything is included, no prep work required, great for a WOW day or celebration of learning.  AndertonTiger.com/Workshopfor details.  Amazon voucher now included in this offer to help start your music collection.  You don't have to be into Radio to enjoy this day, it is all about writing with a purpose and to a deadline.…

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Added by Russell Prue on April 17, 2013 at 16:04 — No Comments

How to use Internet Radio to help protect young people

How to use Internet Radio to help protect young people

by Russell Prue - Award Winning ICT Evangelist, Author & Broadcaster

                      

You can find out more about the author at…

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Added by Russell Prue on March 25, 2013 at 20:17 — No Comments


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Children's songwriting raises the roof on UK INSPIRE day in Hackney

16th May 2012

London 2012 Inspired Songwriting Marathon comes to Hackney Special School

 

Downsview School in Hackney will join in the UK Inspire Day celebrations by working with The Songwriting Charity and Skoogmusic to create an original song for the Hackney School’s Sports Championships in July.

 

UK Inspire Day is a celebration of the London 2012…

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Added by Benjaman Schogler on May 16, 2012 at 16:17 — No Comments


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Creators v Consumers

It is becoming easier everyday to share your creativity with the world. Admittedly, as an adult, I take this ability to share content for granted. Throughout the last 12 months, I have made a move from being simply a digital consumer, to a creator. This has given my life a different dimension and I now view the world in a much different way. I feel that I am able to give something back very easily, whether this is simply posting a comment on a blog that I have enjoyed. I believe this is a…

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Added by Night Zookeeper on May 14, 2012 at 22:29 — No Comments

Open Badges

In discussion with a secondary school I came across the interesting Open Badges project set up by Mozilla. After some reading and joining a

Google Group to try to get my head round it, I think it works like this:

An institution (say, a school) becomes an ISSUER of badges and can…

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Added by John Sutton on May 13, 2012 at 12:35 — No Comments


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You don't just read with your eyes!

I have recently spent a few days teaching in an EYFS Unit (I still supply teach at the school where I used to teach full time). It’s been a wonderful chance to share my love of storytelling and use of audio stories with the children. It’s also been an interesting opportunity to observe children’s reactions to the different ways of sharing and listening to a story.

I don’t claim to be the world’s best story teller but I like to think that, when reading with a group of children, most of…

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Added by Eleanor Johnson on May 9, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments


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Chicks Hatching?

We have a LIVE nest box camera at Ashbourne Hilltop Primary school in Derbyshire. Could today be the day the chicks finally hatch? Watch for free at http://www.reachwildlife.com/live-school-webcams/schools-in-england/ 

 

Be warned it can get very addictive! Must do some work today!

Added by Dan Power on April 24, 2012 at 12:28 — No Comments


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Mobile ICT stolen from almost half of education establishments

I wanted to share some of our recent research with you all.

At the end of last year, I was interviewed by Russell Prue on BETT Radio about laptop theft in schools. We’d recently helped out a local school that had their laptops stolen – twice in two months – by donating them a secure laptop trolley and were becoming increasingly concerned with the number of stories in the press about schools that had experienced similar issues.

Suspecting that the problem of laptop theft in…

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Added by Vicki Cole on April 17, 2012 at 14:22 — No Comments

Using Chromebooks in schools?

I've been wondering lately about which new bits of kit represent the best direction to take my school's ICT provision. Clearly a lot of schools are heading down the iPad route (other tablet devices are available!), but I was wondering about Chromebooks.

They seem to have some clear plus points for schools;

  • very fast boot time
  • far more portable than a laptop
  • reduced on-costs for schools, in terms of licensing and anti-virus updates, etc
  • Chrome OS…
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Added by Rob Sandel on April 12, 2012 at 22:22 — 1 Comment


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Exciting new way to get kids reading!

We're always hearing how difficult it is to get pupils to read for pleasure. Perhaps Fiction Express is the answer. These teachers think so:

"I have rarely seen my class so excited about reading!" Gareth Williams, Hanbury CE First School, Worcestershire



"Fiction Express has had a positive impact on reluctant readers and lower ability readers who are really keen to read online. I would recommend it to other schools." Diane Parry, Hazel…

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Added by Paul Humphrey on April 12, 2012 at 14:51 — 2 Comments


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A Love Letter To Creativity

Dear Creativity,

You are the subject of books, blog posts, videos and tweets. I must ask you, is there anything a teacher can do to help a student that struggles to develop an original idea?

In Orbiting the Giant Hairball, Gordon MacKenzie describes how the desire to be an…

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Added by Night Zookeeper on April 2, 2012 at 16:30 — 1 Comment


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Managing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in schools

ICT, VLE, ADE – don’t we just love abbreviations?

Despite our tendency to shorten complicated terms, it seems we’re a bit puzzled by our latest acronym; BYOD or BYOT short for bring your own device or bring your own technology, has divided opinion.

Whether to allow pupils to bring their own laptops, tablets or smartphones into the classroom is causing significant controversy. Will BYOD help schools save money by reducing the investment in school owned ICT? Or, is permitting…

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Added by Vicki Cole on March 29, 2012 at 15:33 — No Comments

Learning & Teaching in the C21st; Are we getting what we need or what we deserve

These are indeed interesting times; the world has changed and shows no sign of turning back.  The opportunities for our young people have also changed, to be successful in the 21st Century you need to be good in groups, be creative, solve problems and think quickly on your feet.  Working well in groups is hard to measure and we don’t yet assess thinking on your feet yet as part of a GCSE award!  

Nine years ago I embarked on a research project to find and identify some new…

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Added by Russell Prue on June 3, 2011 at 14:54 — No Comments


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Free Sequel 2 trial software available for download

Please feel free to try the free downloadable software from our partners Steinberg. We have added 8 instructional tutorials to create a short beginners Music technology course.

The download and tutorials are all freely available and a useful resource especially for the first time user who wants to get into some straightforward music technology.

The trial version is the full version and you can have up to 45 days free use. There are education discounts for…

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Added by Brian Greene on November 26, 2010 at 16:46 — 1 Comment


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Harnessing Technology for music - not music technology, teaching with technology!

Having seen the BBCs article on Fears for Music Lessons on Friday, I thought I would start my contribution by reflecting some of the thoughts of Ian Wright, Head of Music in Tiverton on how technology can help provide more music making opportunities.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-11796636

At this years British Education Teaching with Technology conference, Ian Wright presented a 30 minute seminar…

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Added by Brian Greene on November 22, 2010 at 11:17 — No Comments

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