ICT

Why technology is the key to unlocking the classroom’s potential – and the blackboard has finally bitten the dust

It’s very hard to imagine a world without technology. It impacts every aspect of our daily lives. From ensuring quick and easy communication across the globe to giving us access to almost limitless amounts of information at our fingertips – technology is fundamental to how we interact, connect, and learn.

What’s more, we now have a generation who have grown up with technology, that doesn’t know a world without wi-fi, iPhones and Skype. Children learn how to use a smartphone and tablet before their times tables or even how to write their own name. Across all age groups, they are by far the most engaged with tech.

Refurbished IT holds the answer to technology challenges

Now more than ever, education establishments are faced with replacing and updating equipment on greatly reduced budgets across all departments. IT infrastructure, in particular, is one area that is increasingly central to the provision of modern, high quality teaching and, consequently, requires consistent renewal - something which is beyond the average school or college IT budget.

One solution to this challenge that most education providers are unaware of is the role of refurbished IT hardware and supporting materials. By opting to buy reconditioned PCs, monitors and laptops, schools and colleges can save thousands of pounds.

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

UK colleges turn away from free tools to embrace transformative online learning

 

LONDON: Jul. 17, 2017 — Canvas by Instructure (NYSE:INST), the open online virtual learning environment (VLE), has made successful inroads into the UK Further Education College sector. This quarter, institutions such as Belfast Metropolitan College, DLD College London, The Manchester College (HE), National College for High Speed Rail, Northern College, Preston's College, South Essex College (HE) and Weston College, and have all selected Canvas to improve teaching and learning.

Ensuring a secure BYOD university environment

In the past year alone the topic on everyone’s lips has been around cyber-security. While cyber-crime has moved up the business agenda, it’s clear from the recent global ransomware attacks that we’ve still got a long way to go in protecting ourselves from looming threats. 

 

But where are some of the opportunities for attackers coming from? 

 

One in particular is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. After all, allowing employees to use their own smartphones, tablets and laptops has the potential to open the wider business up to potential attacks. Why? Because more often than not, it’s very difficult for organisations to regulate and monitor which protection – if any – their employees are using. 

 

BJSS and Turinglab launch summer coding classes

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Weekend classes for school children from low income families aimed at advancing STEM education and fundamental coding skills

 

 BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, today announces that its community investment partnership with Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to tackling the IT skills gap, has launched at Cockburn High School in Leeds. The programme teaches fundamental coding skills to school children, aged between 11 and 16, from low income families.

 

Solution to prevent theft of your valuable I.T. equipment

 I.T. equipment

I.T. Security comes in two forms. We are all aware of the cyber-attack that took down parts of the NHS and other organisations in the UK and we can buy software solutions to protect ourselves. That is one form of security. 

The second form of security is physical products designed to protect your valuable I.T. equipment from being stolen. This aspect of security is boring and does not attract the same level of media coverage, due to equipment theft being generally localised. However, for schools and colleges who invest their ever increasingly pressured finances into provision of I.T. equipment to deliver high quality learning to their students, losing it to theft can be both heart-breaking and hugely disruptive.

Success at school recognised for contributions to education & tech

Mitesh Bhimjiyani success at school

Success at School has been recognised for its significant contributions to education and technology, with three award nominations announced this month.

Success at School, which provides fair, no-nonsense careers advice for young people and connects them to employers and universities, was a finalist in the 2017 #BritishIndianAwards.

Based on a public vote, the awards highlight and commend the determination and entrepreneurial spirit of British Indian businesses and professionals in the UK.

Now in its fifth year, the black tie event was held last night in Leicester. Success at School was nominated in the Best SME category.

Jamf Provides “Safe Passage” for Schools and Organisations Considering New Mobile Device Management Solution

Expanded Product Portfolio, Migration Services, Education, Incentives and Partnerships Designed to Help Customers Make the Best Long-Term Decision

 

Jamf today announced a “safe passage” programme for schools and organisations considering migrating to Jamf, the leader in Apple management. Trusted by over 10,000 organisations, including 4,000 K-12 schools, 1,000 universities and over 5,000 businesses, Jamf is a clear, stable and trusted path for customers considering a new mobile device management (MDM) solution.

 

EducationCity’s PlayLive Challenge 2017

Play Live Maths

EducationCity, the award-winning online teaching, learning and assessment resource, will be running a PlayLive Maths and English competition as part of its annual Challenge Week (18th-24thJune), which last year saw over 18,500 students get involved!

The competition will be open to all schools who play on any level of PlayLive Maths and English during that week, and new users are welcome to participate. If your school isn’t already a subscriber of EducationCity, you simply need to take one of our 21-day trials to span the PlayLive Challenge Week. Simply playing a game of PlayLive at a given academic level enters you into the competition at that level.

Pupils send Queen into space to win national coding competition

Pupils from Bury Catholic school

Two Manchester primary school pupils have won a national coding competition, after designing a computer game to send The Queen into space.

The Year 3 pupils from Bury Catholic Prep scooped joint first prize in the Discovery Education ISA Junior Coding Competition, which encouraged children to create a space themed app.

8-year-olds Imogen Linas and Zaynah Ghani took the top spot with their royal creation, which sees The Queen and her corgis land on the planet Mars. The talented pupils used Discovery Education’s Coding Service to design the game, and judges were impressed by their imagination and sense of humour. 

 

UK schools move to cloud services to reduce costs and better manage their budgets survey reveals

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“With funding per pupil set to fall in real terms by 6.5%1, more and more UK schools are adopting a cloud first strategy and turning to cloud-based solutions to reduce their IT spend and make significant savings”, says Ian Nairn, Managing Director of C-Learning.  

The company, which commissioned an independent survey from Schoolzone revealed that adoption of the Cloud in UK schools is set to double in the next three years, just as it has in the US.

Bringing assessment into the digital age

Pat Coates discusses bringing assessment into the digital age

By Patrick Coates, director at International Skills UK and board member of The e-Assessment Association

e-Assessment is increasingly the norm in the professional world, with e-Testing having been used for IT exams for over 30 years.

Although this was typically in objective questions format, driven by the 'license to practice' market in the USA where legal defensibility of exam results was and is still required, the system has become more sophisticated over the years; including simulation in the IT world or the use of video in the medical sectors.

Education authorities could face £17m fine for non-compliance with new GDPR

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The EU Parliament has seen a lot of to-ing and fro-ing of the issue over the years, but they’ve finally set a date for implementing a strict zero-tolerance policy towards privacy and data protection.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to become fully effective on 25th March 2018 , after which date any organisations that fail to comply with the GDPR will be charged with a fine of £17.2m (€20m) or 4% of their annual turnover – whichever is higher.

Technology brings learning to life in the classroom

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Schools should be ready to equip their pupils with a strong set of digital skills to succeed in the workplace, says Aisling Hagan, senior teacher and director of e-learning at St Mary’s Grammar School in Northern Ireland.

Today’s young people face the prospect of entering a more fast paced, leaner and more creative workplace made possible by the latest technology. To prepare pupils to thrive in a digitally evolving world, schools increasingly need to look at ways to embed technology right through the curriculum, which is what we have done here at St Mary’s.

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