#BETTChat archive 15th November 2011

(All these tweets took place between 4pm and 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 15th November 2011)

@BETT_show BETT

Welcome to #BETTChat – today’s topic, what does a school with outstanding ICT provision look like? Who’s going to start us off?

@jodieworld Jodie Collins

@BETT_show Children able to pick and choose the hardware and software that THEY deem is necessary for their task, from a range available #BETTchat

@2SimpleAnt  anthony evans

@BETT_show outstanding provision means a mixture of reliable standard kit and researched innovation #BETTChat

@2SimpleAnt anthony evans

@jodieworld so agree with you #BETTchat

@contactgroup Contact Group

An outstanding school has a robust system in place to efficiently manage attendance, behaviour, bullying etc #BETTChat

@HueAnimation Hue Animation Studio

#BETTChat A school that doesn’t just teach ICT as a subject but incorporates it in all lessons as a new approach to teaching and learning

@2SimpleAnt  anthony evans

@BETT_show Money spent well following a period of looking at what is need and what works not buying the latest thing #BETTChat

@ParentMail ParentMail

@jodieworld We 100% agree! Giving children an active role in the learning process is crucial #BETTChat

@holz_bee Holly Blackbourn

Not being frightened of positive changes and advantages in technology but embracing them #BETTChat

@2SimpleAnt anthony evans

@BETT_show where the ICT Is transformational for the leaner eg assistive and communication devices #BETTChat

@SmartEdServices SmartEd Services

First time checking out #BETTChat! Look forward to meeting everyone @BETT_show! TAPit will be in SN71 http://bit.ly/rUfBYx

@contactgroup Contact Group

@2SimpleAnt Agreed. Dealing with an experienced company which can deliver value for money is key to school ICT infrastructure #BETTChat

@ParentMail ParentMail

@holz_bee 100%. Students are using the latest technology at home, so it’s logical to bring this into schools to engage and excite! #BETTChat

@pazzy_21 Vicki Louise Cole

#BETTChat what about sourcing solutions that represent true value for money – not things that are going to fall apart with excessive use

@mantralingua Mantralingua

School should have a variety of ICT resources to suit different learning styles. #BETTChat

@2SimpleAnt anthony evans

@pazzy_21 excellent point #BETTChat

@jwellsatguroo jwellsatguroo

RT @bobharrisonset: New Govt ICT Strategy to be announced at BETT? #aocannual11 @lsis_updates #BETTCHAT

@HueAnimation Hue Animation Studio

@holz_bee I agree. And changes and new advances in technology should be regularly reviewed by schools #BETTChat

@mantralingua Mantralingua

@pazzy_21 Yes agree. Price is not an indication of reliability, efficient and robustness. #BETTChat

@pazzy_21 Vicki Louise Cole

@2SimpleAnt thanks 🙂 I think it’ll be a major consideration for schools now – solutions need to last #BETTChat

@averinfouk nigel roberts

@BETT_show simple, easy to use, east to set up, collaborative learning tech – wireless products for safety and group learning #BETTChat

@pazzy_21 Vicki Louise Cole

@mantralingua very true. It’s quality that matters #BETTChat

@MsEmilyBird Emily Bird

@BETT_show – Teachers fully trained in using interactive technology & engaging students through tech that they find natural to use #BettChat

@pazzy_21 Vicki Louise Cole

@contactgroup thanks 🙂 #BETTChat

@2SimpleAnt anthony evans

@BETT_show Pupils leading innovation cycle along with teachers not just a technician who lives in a cupboard upstairs #BETTChat

@mantralingua Mantralingua

The ergonomics of using technology should be closely aligned to the way humans naturally learn. #BETTChat

@contactgroup Contact Group

Like your point @pazzy_21. More and more ICT being available online is good news as eliminates wear and tear issue #BETTChat

@HueAnimation Hue Animation Studio

@mantralingua A variety of resources that all students can take pleasure and as well as gain confidence out of using #BETTChat

@pazzy_21 Vicki Louise Cole

@contactgroup I hadn’t thought about that, but what a good point. The internet can eliminate wastage too, for example printing #BETTChat

@contactgroup Contact Group

In light of budget cuts, schools must ensure ICT provides value for money to sustain high level of service at lower cost #BettChat

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

#BETTChat youngsters need to understand not only how to use technology, but how to maintain and fix it. Slightly off task sorry!

@vocabexpress Vocab Express

@MsEmilyBird We agree, children are already using technology proficiently at home, so why not introduce it in schools! #BETTChat

@contactgroup Contact Group

Schools are looking internally to see how ICT can help cut costs eg sending emails and text messages to parents instead of letters #BettChat

@Groupcall Groupcall

Children naturally gravitate towards technology – it is indicative of the world we live in! Facilitating this by any means is key! #BETTchat

@contactgroup Contact Group

@pazzy_21 Exactly, it can also cut postage costs, save staff time to spend in the classroom #BettChat

@MsEmilyBird Emily Bird

@mantralingua Thoroughly agree. We’re dealing with a generation of digital natives and have to adapt accordingly #BETTChat

@eInstruction_uk eInstruction EMEA EU

@HueAnimation We agree 100%! These skills are increasingly required in the workplace, so it makes sense to introduce them early #BETTChat

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

@Groupcall They’re not always as IT literate as we assume. Did you see Young Apprentice One of the hopefuls couldn’t use the phone #BETTChat

@HueAnimation Hue Animation Studio

@averinfouk Collaborative learning is key. Working as a team & social inclusion are crucial skills that can be learnt in ICT #BETTChat .

@ParentMail ParentMail

This isn’t restricted to within school walls – ICT has a key role in involving parents/home to strengthen the learning process #BETTChat

@Groupcall Groupcall

@CapitaSIMS Yes, but Lord Alan’s reply summed up the general consensus I think ‘A child that cant use technology, thats a first!’ #BETTChat

@averinfouk nigel roberts

@BETT_show global communications, spreading learning, understanding of cultures and different lifestyles via video conferencing? #BETTchat

@WhizzProf The Whizz Prof

#Bettchat ICT makes contact between the school & home more convenient & offers parents a chance to regularly review their child’s progress.

@PrometheanTweet Promethean

#BETTchat a classroom that enables participation without fear, with private feedback, allowing full contribution from even the reticent

@HueAnimation Hue Animation Studio

Resources that combine creativity and technology that allow children to use their imaginations as well as advance their ICT skills #BETTchat

@BETT_show BETT

So – in the last 10 minutes of #BETTChat. Any advice for schools listening to this debate and wanting to improve their ICT provision?

@contactgroup Contact Group

High-performing schools recognise need multiple comms channels w/ parents & use SMS, twitter,web,Facebook,email, landline & mobile #Bettchat

@PrometheanTweet Promethean

Strong leadership with a clear, shared vision – its not about the tech but what you choose to do with it #BETTchat

@KatieJamo Katie J

@BETT_show I agree with @HueAnimation in #BETTChat – when I was at school using ICT was brilliant but when they taught it, it was rubbish.

@pazzy_21 Vicki Louise Cole

Do your research before buying: there is lots of info out there & although products might appear the same, they often aren’t #BETTChat

@contactgroup Contact Group

As schools move to become autonomous academies & become more accountable to Govt & stakeholders, improved parental comms is vital #Bettchat

@averinfouk nigel roberts

@BETT_show advice for schools? think carefully, spend wisely. Cheap is rarely good value. Use your purchases to improve learning #BETTchat

@pazzy_21 Vicki Louise Cole

Agreed. RT @averinfouk: think carefully, spend wisely. Cheap is rarely good value. Use your purchases to improve learning #BETTchat

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

@Groupcall #BETTChat, we’re not sure it is, or at least it shouldn’t be assumed young people can use every device or software

@PrometheanTweet Promethean

You don’t notice the technology – you just notice the engagement of the students with authentic tasks and processes #BETTchat

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

@BETT_show #BETTChat speak to other schools about what works for them. Don’t just buy technology, train people how to use it to support T&L

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

@theschoolsnet you should join in on #BETTChat!

@contactgroup Contact Group

Thanks all. Look forward to next week’s #Bettchat

@MsEmilyBird Emily Bird

Best practice in ICT: Students are all engaged in tasks relevant to their ability with easy access to the resources they need. #BETTChat

@BETT_show BETT

Thanks everyone for a great #BETTChat! It’s been good to see you all here, and we hope you can join us next week!

@HueAnimation Hue Animation Studio

Enjoyed talking to you all. See you next week #BETTChat

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

@BETT_show #BETTChat thanks for organising!

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