ICTZINE 29th April 2010

Technological slip-up

I had a bit of a chuckle this morning, when I learned of Gordon Brown’s recent gaffe. I found it all the more amusing since I said last week that I was struck by the integration of technology into this election campaign – and it was technology that (as we will find out next week) could lead to the undoing of Brown’s bid to be elected Prime Minister.

In case you have been locked in a room, and have no idea about what I am talking about, Gordon Brown referred to a lady he had just been talking to as “bigoted” when he thought he was out of earshot, but was actually still connected to a live microphone.

However, despite the greater ease that technology has given us to trip ourselves up – rogue microphones, unguarded tweets, unflattering photographs, etc – its place in the modern world is undisputed. Introducing people to technology at an early age as possible remains paramount, and even geography or the ability to afford it is no longer an excuse for not using it.

The desire to equip African children with cheap computers remains strong, and the programme continues apace [read story here]. On balance, I suppose this is a positive thing – it could lead to a greater divide between the developed world and the developing world if technology was not accessible. It would be a shame that a creep of Western technology in Africa stifled independent cultural development.

Nathan Bushell, editor

Efficient storage sought

Cardiff University is carrying out a pilot study into data storage in the hope of making it more energy efficient, according to a news story in Gair Rhydd, a Cardiff-based student newspaper.

The paper said that the University’s Information Services Directorate has been allocated £50,000 by the Joint Information Systems Commitee (JISC) to conduct the research, which aims to discover a more energy efficient way of holding data so that it needs less physical space, with the hope of making it more sustainable.

Project leader and the University’s Information Services’ principal consultant engineer, Paul Rock, told the newspaper: “Not only is this pilot project a great opportunity for Information Services and Cardiff, its findings will hopefully benefit the entire higher education sector, bringing wide-ranging lessons and a solid demonstration of what the more sustainable technology can achieve.” Read More...

Conference invite

Award-winning education technology company, Frog (www.frogtrade.com), is hosting The National Learning Platforms Conference 2010 at the Palace Hotel, Manchester, on June 15, 2010.

Secondary school leaders across the country are invited to attend this free one-day event, which will feature workshops and keynotes including ‘From intranet and failed VLEs to outstanding success’ by Cramlington Learning Village, to ‘Parents and schools: learning platforms supporting a new partnership’ by Simon Shaw from Becta.

Every workshop is intended to give forward-thinking school leaders the inspiration to maximise the impact of their Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and achieve excellence through creativity. Read More...

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.

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.

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.

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,

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..

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

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).

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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Halifax success for Carillion
Carillion has been appointed preferred bidder for the £27m Trinity Academy Halifax.

Carillion has been selected by Calderdale Council acting as client on behalf of the Academy Trust along with co-sponsors the Diocese of Wakefield, Calderdale College and the University of Huddersfield, to design and construct the new Academy including the provision of ICT infrastructure. Read More...

Ealing win for Balfour Beatty and RM
Balfour Beatty and RM have been appointed by Ealing Council for its £300 million PPP Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

The BSF programme involves the delivery of upgrades and expansions to 14 of the borough's schools, the construction of a new high school in north Greenford as well as significant investment in information communications technology (ICT) in three further schools. Read More...

Laptops for Africa
The group behind the "$100 laptop" has signed a deal which it hopes will deliver low cost computers to every primary school child in East Africa.

The partnership between One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and the East African Community (EAC) aims to deliver 30 million laptops in East Africa by 2015.

The EAC does not currently have the money to pay for the machines and so is hoping to find other partners – each laptop sells for around $200.
Read More..

Gone East
RM has opened an office in Abu Dhabi. The company has been expanding its business interests in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia over recent months and has chosen Abu Dhabi as the base from where to grow the business in the region.

RM's recent success at the GESS exhibition (Gulf Educational Supplies Show), in Dubai, has reconfirmed its view of the opportunity in the Middle East and has encouraged it to move forward with its expansion plans.

BLi goes stateside   
BLi Education is expanding into the American education market with the opening of a North American office. The Oregon-based office is BLi’s first in America.

Despite the current pressures facing UK businesses, the company has continued to grow, and the group’s move into the American market will continue its international expansion. Andrew Foyle, founder and CEO of BLi Education, said: “Our expansion into America represents a great opportunity for BLi as it is opening a whole new market. Read More...


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