ICTZINE 17th June 2010

The bigger picture

We report this week how the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has promised to give more powers to headteachers to remove disruptive pupils from classrooms, and to confiscate phones and iPods, in a bid to curb bullying (read story here).

In the same week, the Home Office announced that almost one in four children aged 10 to 15 has been a victim of crime in the past year. Researchers said that only one in ten children go to the police to complain, compared to more than one in three adults, and if all crimes were added to the annual figures, then the total level of crime in England and Wales would soar by more than a fifth.

Included in these figures are crimes such robbery, assault and theft.

Michael Gove may talk tough about removing disruptive pupils and confiscating their belongings, but that isn’t going to stop it in the long run – in fact, it may even make it worse.

The figures released by the Home Office suggest that criminal activity against children isn’t taken seriously. At one point, the report stated that some of the incidents at home and school – such playground fights and theft of toys – may not be considered to be legal matters by ‘ordinary people’.

If perpetrators believe that their actions are not going to be taken seriously by the state, then they will continue to be a nuisance, and bullying falls into that category. Rather than focusing on a small manifestation of bullying – phones and personal computers – maybe the government should do more to enforce the legal status of pupils, and not encourage the view that schools are legal safe-havens.

Nathan Bushell, editor

Cyber bullying targeted

Headteachers will be given powers to remove items such as iPods and mobile phones from disruptive pupils, in a bid to reduce cyber-bullying in schools, the Secretary of State for Education said recently.

Speaking in the News of the World, Michael Gove said: “It's simply unacceptable for even one child to be victimised, whether it's in or out of school, or via text messages or social networking sites.

“Our Education and Children's Bill in the autumn will put heads and teachers back in control, giving them a range of tough new powers to deal with bullies and the most disruptive pupils. Heads will be able to take a zero-tolerance approach and will have the final say. Read More...

Could better use of ICT help improve home education?

A recent report published by Ofsted highlights the growing trend of educating children at home, and maybe a burgeoning market for education technology provider. This is compounded by the fact that Ofsted said that more information was needed about home education so that effective support could be provided.

For the report ‘Local authorities and home education’, inspectors visited 15 local authorities across England and held discussions with home-educated children, their parents, local authority staff and headteachers.

The children and young people inspectors met were enthusiastic about their learning and keen to explain what they had gained by being educated at home. Inspectors also found that the parents who received monitoring and guidance from local authorities were generally positive about the advice and encouragement and would welcome more support. Read More...

CPDs promote effective use of ICT

The Western Mail has reported that a scheme which helps teachers develop their knowledge and skills has had a positive impact in the classroom, according to Wales’s education watchdog.
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PC trade-in scheme launched

Education company RM has announced the launch of a new PC trade-in scheme called ScrapIT, to raise money for ICT projects in Africa, as well as providing UK schools with the most up-to-date education technology.
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O2 Media Awards reward young communicators

O2 has introduced a new award category in this year’s Media Awards for Yorkshire and Humber. Aimed at 13-25 year olds, the award will recognise the work of young people who are using communication skills to make a difference in their communities.
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RM’s profits up 20%

RM has announced interim results for the six months to 31 March 2010

Its operational headlines are:
Strong revenue growth in Education Resources, BSF and US.
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Dell evolves

Dell has launched a number of new services and products, as part of its Connected Classroom learning environment.

“These help provide schools and teachers with the necessary technology and understanding to transform the traditional classroom into an environment in which students can be nurtured and prepared for life in the digital age,” Dell said in a statement. Read More...

Frog MD leaps to award nomination

Gareth Davies, managing director of Halifax-based learning platform provider Frogtrade, has been shortlisted as a regional finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards 2010.
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Applied learning centre

Fakenham & Wells Times recently reported how Fakenham High School is engineering a deal to take over one of the town's empty factory units as part of a £1m investment in education.
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Online safety prize

Year two pupils from The Prince of Wales First School, Dorchester have won an online safety competition, Dorset’s ‘View Online’ has reported.
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Dynamic Learning – anytime, anywhere

Dynamic Learning is an online teaching and learning resource. Combining award-winning quality content with easy-to-use tools, it supports teachers and encourages students to develop, progress and achieve.
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Award for RM

RM was recently awarded the title of Top IT Employer at the 2010 Top Employers United Kingdom awards, run annually by the CRF Institute.
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Local strength, global reach

Focus Educational Software, based in Truro, is a BETT Award winning publisher of 22 interactive digital learning resources for primary and secondary education.
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Free digital presenters for lucky schools

Ten lucky schools recently learned that they had been successful in their application for a free SDP-860 Digital Presenter.
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RM announces strategic forums

'Inspirational and challenging'. That was the verdict on the Learning Spaces RM created at BETT this year, RM announced recently.
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Home Access Assistive Technology equipment supplier appointed

Becta has awarded a contract to XMA to supply bespoke Assistive Technology equipment for those learners with the most profound disabilities or Special Educational Needs under the Home Access programme.

XMA will work in conjunction with Vangent, which has been awarded the contract to manage the Assistive Technology service element of the scheme. Read More..

BSF wins

Construction News has reported that Balfour Beatty is understood to have won the £200 million Derby City BSF contract.

The contractor is thought to have beaten Vinci Education to the East Midlands project, with an official announcement expected on 21 June.

Derby’s BSF programme will see work on 14 schools over three phases. The first phase includes two sample schemes – a design-and-build project and a combination of two co-located PFI schools – as well as a further PFI school. Read More..



Frog apps

Frog has unveiled a host of new features at its National Learning Platforms Conference 2010. These included Frog Apps, a concept that will be familiar with all Apple iPhone users and a revolutionary new product for primary schools.

The theme of the day was creativity with keynotes from Lord Sutherland and The Corsham School. Almost 700 people looked on as Frog demonstrated how it was ‘reinventing the learning platform’ by developing Frog Apps and an Apps Store giving schools the ability to build anything in Frog without limitation. Read More..



Design on, win one

Education company RM is launching a new competition called designOne to get schools across the country to design their own computer frontage, for the chance to win and help build their very own customised RM One PC.

Winners will also receive a unique learning experience for their school at RM's educational technology REAL (Rethinking Education And Learning) Centre. Read More...




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