Primary ICT News ISSUE 25
People and what they do... For information or support, email or phone!
South Centre (9152971) North Centre (9159511) Jan Gray e-Learning Consultant (South Centre), who can advise on a range of projects, particularly involving on-line content firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Simner e-Learning Consultant - (South Centre) - Developing Creative and Media projects including Newsdays, Datalogging and Textiles email@example.com
Jamie Tinney e-Learning Consultant - (South Centre) - Developing D&T projects, video, animation and podcasts firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie-Line Antoine e-Learning Consultant - (North Centre) - Developing Media, photography and video projects and support for MFL email@example.com
David Ellis e-Learning Consultant - (North Centre) - Developing Creative and Media projects, radio, music technology, video and animation firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin MacGillivray e-LearningCentre Manager Strategic advice including ways the e-Learning Centres can support your work email@example.com
Matthew Draycott Systems Manager for e-Learning Centres and technical support for schools firstname.lastname@example.org
Another Year Over! Welcome to issue 25 of the ICT Newsle5er ‐ the last of this academic year! I know for some of you, it has been a very long and hard year ‐ it certainly has been an interes:ng year for me!
COORDINATOR MEETINGS 2010 ‐ 2011 AUTUMN TERM Wednesday 6th October 1.30‐3.30 ( £15.00)
In this edi:on of the newsle<er, I will be upda:ng you on the latest informa:on I have regarding some of the changes to work in schools and support from outside agencies like Becta, etc. But, before all that ‐ have a good holiday ‐ and I look forward to seeing you all in the next term.
SPRING TERM Wednesday 9th March 9.30 ‐ 3.00 (£30.00)
Both to be held @ South e‐Learning Centre
Loan Kits Available 1. PODCASTING Consists of up to 15 easi-speak microphones, copyright free music CD , lesson ideas and user guides on how to create podcasts
At the recent Coordinator mee:ng, Brian Coates from Becta a<ended to give us an
2. WREX THE DAWG Boxes of 5 control robots - these are available to schools following training session.
will be around to take calls and emails. All materials on their website will not be updated, and as yet, there is no agreement where many of the useful materials like e‐
3. ROBOSAPIENS & FEMISAPIEN More control robots - these are also available once staff have received training that will include lesson ideas on how to develop a cross-curricular project based around the robots. 4.DATA-LOGGING We gave purchased several kits that schools can borrow complete with a wide range of sensors, lesson ideas and activities.
update on the future of Becta and also what will be happening to some of the projects they support. For those of you who didn’t a<end‐ here’s a brief outline. Becta ‐ will be closing oﬃcially in March 2011, but from December only a skeleton staﬀ
safety, etc, will be hosted. My advice is to have a look at the site and download as many of the pdfs that you feel are useful! SRF ‐ this has just been updated ‐ has now gone to 6 elements and some of the phrasing has been amended to make it easier to understand. If you have been working on the older version ‐ don’t worry ‐ as the work will be transferred into the new version for you. ICT Mark Assessment ‐ if any of you are ready for this assessment, please let me know, as the City Council s:ll has a small pot of money available to pay for the assessor. And as with budgets being capped or just disappearing, make use of the money whilst it s:ll is around! E‐Learning Centres ‐ Funding for the Centres has been allocated un:l the end of the
5. APPLE iBOOKS We have up to 10 iBooks available for schools to borrow to use for video, photography or music projects. Training is available on using these with students, should you require it.
year, but as Becta is to be disbanded and many other educa:onal departments, we are s:ll wai:ng to hear what will be happening to the Centres. At present, the latest
6. PC LAPTOPS We now have up to 20 PC laptops available for loan that can be used with software packages such as the History/ Literacy Ka2ouche programs. These could also include training, should you require it.
summer, I’ll let you know in September.
7. DIGITALBLUE CAMERAS Up to 30 digitalblue cameras available for use in schools. This could include photo backgrounds, lesson ideas and user guides. 8. FLIP VIDEO CAMERAS We have recently purchased a set of these small USB video cameras for schools to borrow. These will be available in sets of 5.
This is just a selection of what we can offer. Contact the number below if you have any other requests. Want more information - contact the South e-Learning Centre
informa:on that we were told at our conference last week, was that probably nothing will be announced on the future of City learning Centres un:l the Spending Review :med for October or November this year. However, if anything does happen, over the
COURSES FOR NEXT TERM As many of you have requested the Wrex the Dog , Dataloggers and the Femi‐Sapien robots for your schools and training on using these in the classroom, we felt that by holding training events like we did earlier this year. So, in the Autumn term, Janet will be holding the following events at the South e‐Learning Centre for one or more staﬀ from schools can a<end. Once you have a<ended the course, the loan kits will be available for your school when you require them. We do s:pulate someone from each schools knows how to use the equipment before borrowing the kit so it can be used appropriately. I have a<ached ﬂyers for the events for your staﬀ room no:ceboards.
In September, I will be sending you an email with an updated list of loan kits as we have been purchasing other items which people have requested ‐ as with this year there will be a charge of £20.00 per kit.
Please note ‐ we have had a few schools not returning the kits on the date agreed. This causes us problems with being able to check them and re‐charge if needed for
the next school. If this con:nues, we are considering a penalty charge on top of the