ICTZINE 25th MARCH 2010

Preparing for the future

I remember sitting in my junior school and getting excited when the school’s one BBC computer was wheeled into the classroom. By the time I left secondary school, we were able to use the computers (they were Archimedes by then, I think) to do exciting things such as desktop publishing.

How things have changed. A generation grew up with the type of IT resources that I had, yet was able to innovate and come up with the technological resources that we see in the classroom (and on this ezine) today.

While the use of IT in the classroom is not solely to produce the IT professionals of the future – it is a learning aid to assist across the curriculum – it will inspire many students to continue in that field. And the good news is that there are jobs waiting for them [Read story here]. However, this is tempered by Netgear’s research at BETT that reveals that almost half of education professionals believe schools are not investing enough in IT [Read stort here].

The flip side to this, of course, is that more than half are happy with ICT provision in our schools, and investment into ‘digital Britain’ is supported by the government (as announced in this week’s budget), which intends to roll out superfast broadband across the UK, which will help to create ‘hundreds of thousands’ of jobs.

Chancellor Alistair Darling also promised more tax breaks for the UK's computer games industry. "The UK has the potential to be a digital world leader,” he said in his budget speech. “It needs high-speed broadband for rural areas as well as urban, it must not be limited to the well-off."

Prime Minister Gordon Brown already backed the idea of encouraging the growth of technology. “I want Britain to be the world leader in the digital economy which will create over a quarter of a million skilled jobs by 2020,” he said. “Underpinning the digital transformation that we are likely to see over the coming decade is the creation of the next generation of the web – what is called the semantic web, or the web of linked data... It will change fundamentally the way we conduct business.”

We are having a short break, and will be back on April 15. Happy Easter.

Nathan Bushell, editor

Parents struggle with children’s homework

The majority of parents frequently struggle to support their child's learning outside the classroom, which leaves them feeling frustrated and their child unsupported, according to a new report commissioned by Becta.

In a study of 2000 parents and 2000 nine to 13 year olds released recently, it has become apparent that confusion, frustration and embarrassment among both parents and pupils can sometimes result in parents being reluctant to get involved, and some children losing confidence with their homework.

The ‘I'm stuck – can you help me?’ report commissioned by Becta suggests there is a desire from parents to become more involved in their child's education with the majority (81%) calling for more guidance and advice on how best to support their children's learning outside of the classroom.

Simple technologies like school websites and learning platforms can aid parents in making homework hell a thing of the past, providing parents with timely information which allows them to keep up to date with school learning and reinforce the work done in the classroom, at home. However 84% of parents revealed that currently their child's school offered little or no resource to help support their child's out of school learning. Read More...

Third independent evaluation of BSF published

The third annual independent evaluation of the BSF programme carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) finds early evidence that BSF schools are raising pupil aspirations and improving behaviour.

More than eight out of 10 headteachers surveyed believe the government's programme to rebuild or refurbish England's secondary school estate is transforming learning in schools, according to a new report published today.

Tim Byles, chief executive of Partnerships for Schools, said: "When I visit schools across England and meet some of the 130,000 pupils and over 12,000 teachers already benefitting from BSF investment, I hear time and again about how new and refurbished schools and improved ICT are making a difference to young people and to staff.

"Today's independent evaluation of BSF progress shows the vast majority of heads and pupils in completed BSF schools are positive about the benefits from new and refurbished facilities. It also provides us with more evidence about: improvements in pupil attitudes, aspirations and behaviour; staff morale, recruitment and retention; and better access to school facilities for all members of the local community.” Read More...

Free instant notification software
Education software supplier, NetSupport, is offering ICTzine readers a free 75-user copy of its desktop notification product NetSupport Notify.

With a global install base in excess of 8,000,000 systems and 20 years’ experience, NetSupport is a leading provider of PC management and support software. Read More...



Do we need higher aspirations for educational furniture?
Chris Salt, from ABC Desks, explains the role furniture has to playing in learning, and offers advice on buying techniques

When purchasing – consider:

Start with the end in mind – what does the furniture needs to do & look like
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Primary Podcasts
Hundreds of PrimarySite customers are creating great work for their very own school radio and TV stations.  Examples include:

• Beacon C of E Primary School’s
interview with Ricky Boleto of Childrens BBC Newsround.
• Butlers Court School,
and their ‘audience with’ Micheal Rosen the famous children's book author.
Read More...



RM Offers

RM is currently presenting a range of offers on a variety of learning resources, from PCs with free four-year warranty, to discounts on digital signage and Lego starter kits.

The company also has offers on a whole class set of miniBooks and a free notebus.
Read More...


Web filtering from Brightfilter
BoundaryServer is a web filtering service that provides a high level of online protection to small primary schools and other institutions right up to local authorities.

It sits at the gateway between the school network and the internet to filter content that passes through, protecting pupils from
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Keeping in touch
Schoolcomms is a school communication service. 

Designed for schools and integrated with SIMS, Schoolcomms provides fast and reliable email and text messaging – offering low cost, real-time communication with parents and carers, teachers, students and governors. 

Improves home-school contact and increases parental engagement
Read More...


Anytime, anywhere network access
The latest enhancement to RM’s CC4 network, CC4 Anywhere, gives learners and staff anytime, anywhere access to their network via almost any Internet-enabled device.

Community Connect 4 has revolutionised computer management for over 1500 UK schools and colleges, the company has claimed.
Read More...



Making ICT management easy
The Manor Community College in Cambridge chose the Citrix Provisioning Server to manage the IT provision across the school.

The college is a mixed community school in Cambridge with 140 students. Read More...

Mobile messaging connects parents and pupils
London-based Breakthru Marketing has created a new platform that marries technology, classroom activity, and parental participation – a communication platform that connects parents and pupils with teachers via mobile text messaging (SMS).
Read More...


TES iboards stimulate pupils’ learning

TES Resources is working to raise standards in education through hosting free teaching resources and sharing best practice online. One such resource is the TES iboard.

TES iboard activities are highly visual, open-ended, interactive resources, all available free online at www.tes.co.uk/tes-iboard
Read More...


Subscription-free support
Netop is offering Netop OnDemand for a free 30-day trial.

Netop OnDemand provides an instant, expert support when the user needs it, regardless of location, firewalls or networks. 
Read More...

School AV / Digital Media Technician

Our outstanding school is looking for a vibrant person to support both children and adults with moving forward in digital communication.

The ideal candidate would display a passion for ICT and the ability to motivate others in this area with particular emphasis on:
- Managing and developing communication within and from the school including MLE (Managed Learning Environment), website and display screen
- Using film/photography, including editing, display, supporting pupils and staff
- Troubleshooting on a daily basis ensuring effective and efficient use of technology across all aspects of school life.

Call 0208 502 4947
or email: info@edurecruitment.co.uk for more information

School ICT technician

Our Client, an ICT support organisation dedicated to supporting Schools ICT systems and Networks is currently expanding and looking for additional members of staff either contract or permanent with skills and experience of dealing with Schools Networks, SIMS, CC3 / 4 and possibly experience of installations and support of Whiteboards.

We look forward to hearing from you if you are located in the South / South West London area. We also have roles similar to this throughout the UK, call for more information.

Call 0208 502 4947
or email: info@edurecruitment.co.uk for more information


Education ICT Support Service is currently looking for a Field Based ICT Engineer

You will be working alongside Schools in maintaining and developing ICT in line with the Becta Frame Work.

You will be responsible for visiting Schools and carrying out hardware, software installations, basic administration, health checks, fault trouble shooting, minor repairs and maintenance of peripherals.

Applicants MUST have previous experience supporting ICT within an education establishment and possess an understanding of Windows hardware and software, networking, educational software and knowledge of RM CC3 / CC4 is highly desirable.

Call 0208 502 4947
or email: info@edurecruitment.co.uk for more information


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Pupils suffer from lack of IT investment
Almost 50% of education professionals believe that schools, colleges and universities are not investing enough in IT.  This is causing educational institutions to suffer, with 89% stating inefficient investment in IT for education can negatively impact pupils' learning experience.

This is according to research conducted by Netgear at BETT 2010. Over a third of respondents attribute the lack of investment to the restricted budgets allocated Read More...

New Reading Recovery website
The European Centre for Reading Recovery, based at the Institute of Education, has redeveloped its website.

The website which went live this week, is the first of the IOE's satellite sites to move onto its new Content Management System, acting as a pilot for others to follow. Read More...



The number of IT jobs continues to grow

New research by e-skills UK shows that every year the IT & Telecoms professional workforce requires almost 21,000 new entrants to join directly from education.

Technology is at the heart of most companies, transforming business and society. There is a variety of jobs available in technology in almost every type of organisation – from small design agencies to large retail companies. Read More..




RM announces strategic forums
‘Inspirational and challenging’. That was the verdict on the Learning Spaces RM created at BETT this year, RM announced recently.

RM is taking the idea out on the road this spring. Under the banner, RM Strategic Forums – A Vision for Future Learning, RM is replacing its old and well-known conference programme with new engaging and hands-on events. Read More...



New maths practice software from DLK
DLK has just released a new suite of eight Maths software titles called MathaMax.

MathaMax complements its successful MathsWork suite, and the company is offering all schools in the UK one free title from the suite with a full site licence. Just send them an email to sales@dlk.co.uk asking for one. Read More...




Shared-resource computing
Shared-resource computing is an initiative that aims to bring technology into the lives of more and more students. Software developer NetSupport has teamed up with several technology suppliers to promote this cost-effective computing model.

The desire to provide as many students as possible with access to a computer at school is unquestioned but, Read More...




New catalogue from Phoenix Software
 Phoenix Software has put its experience of meeting the needs of schools into a new catalogue.

To make it as easy as possible to make the right purchasing decisions for your school, Phoenix Software’s new catalogue is refreshed at the beginning of each school term and presents products from all the big manufacturers and some of the smaller ones. Read More...





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