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Mine’s an iPad

Steve Smith from Capita IT Services looks at implementing Bring your own device solutions for schoolsCAP899 Steve Smith

 There has been much debate of late surrounding the advantages of schools embracing the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) concept. The discussions have been fuelled by the difficult financial climate and the need to ensure staff and students have access to engaging educational content.

Apart from a few pioneering souls, BYOD in the education sector has very much remained in its infancy. But recent changes have meant BYOD has suddenly become a real possibility for schools.

Fired by an explosion in the availability of affordable tablets, smart phones and ‘apps’, the ability to piggy back on students’ and staff’s own technology is a viable way to increase access to technology in school. Easier and more affordable BYOD management systems are also making it a realistic solution along with increasing expectations from students and staff who want to use the same technology in school that they do at home.

However, to date, some real barriers to BYOD in school have existed – not least network security and device management. How do you ensure access to material is appropriately controlled, that your data cannot be breached and you are at no greater risk from viruses?  And how can your IT staff manage the variety of technology platforms appearing in the tablet market now, and how can teachers cope with their students viewing content on a variety of different devices with different screen sizes and interfaces?

Recent developments mean that schools can now confidently and affordably implement BYOD. One solution, for instance, is software that allows all classroom resources to be accessed via a web browser which manages access rights, converts content to be relevant to the device used and ensures security is controlled centrally and not on the device. This takes the headache out of the process and ensures your school is free to take advantage of BYOD without your IT manager turning into a quivering wreck at the mere mention of an untrusted device being used on the network.

The implications for the school mean greater access to the latest technology and where money is spent on ICT, it can be on more specialist technologies for music, science or design or provided to pupils unable to access their own devices, helping close the digital divide.

This is why BYOD will soon be a consideration for all schools. Access will no longer be confined to anytime and anywhere. It is now anytime, anywhere, any device and any source.

Steve Smith is director of learning at Capita IT Services which offers services and advice to schools considering cloud and BYOD implementations. www.capita-its.co.uk Capita IT services will be on stand B250 at Bett 2013.


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Improve pupils’ global awareness – and you might even get some cash too…

Dave Smith, ICT adviser at Havering School Improvement Services, shares the opportunities for schools to  connect withDave Smith others around the world.

  • Would you like to link with another country in Europe through ICT?
  • Do you have a desire to partner with a school outside of Europe?
  • Are you looking to enhance your provision for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural?
  • Would you like some funding to help too?

Well, the British Council has some ideas that could help…

Schools with whom I work have had the pleasure of making some excellent links through international study visits, video-conferencing and linking programmes including strong relationships with Japan, Sweden and Italy amongst others.  The British Council has often been part of supporting the initiation of such links.

John Rolfe, schools marketing manager at the British Council, recently came to talk to schools who are part of the Havering International ICT Development Group to share the range of opportunities to link with schools in other countries. A fascinating talk from John provided lots of ideas about how to link with schools overseas – a great way to enhance the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) aspects of your school’s provision.

John shared various projects, including the excellent Connecting Classrooms programme.  Working in over 50 countries, Connecting Classrooms is committed to supporting partnerships between over 5000 schools in the UK and worldwide and to help over 30,000 schools to collaborate online. The programme comes with a £1500 bursary to fund inter-school activities and visits, as well as direct support from officers at the British Council to help to link you with a partner school.  You could take the opportunity to share ICT practice in your establishment with a partner school abroad and find ways to use free, online tools to work on collaborative projects as part of this too.

Working internationally to support global citizenship in the curriculum is a learning journey for schools and teachers. Connecting Classrooms has developed a range of face-to-face and online courses and workshops that are aimed at practitioners who are new to the international context and for those who are already actively engaged in school partnerships who wish to deepen their professional experiences. The programme also supports the very accessible and supportive Britsh Council International School Award accreditation framework.

The next deadline for funding applications is Monday 11 February and further information can be found at www.britishcouncil.org/connectingclassrooms

John also spoke to attendees about the fantastic etwinning (www.britishcouncil.org/etwinning) opportunity – the free and safe platform for teachers to connect, develop collaborative projects and share ideas across Europe.  We are aiming to hold an eTwinning workshop for Havering schools later in the spring term 2013 – again funded by the British Council.  We hope that schools will take this opportunity to make links through ICT and develop strong linking projects that will again enhance opportunities for pupils and help to strengthen their SMSC provision, hopefully helping them to achieve even better Ofsted inspection outcomes.

The British Council provides a superb collection of eTwinning ideas including a downloadable publication available at the following address http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htm

So, with these ideas in mind why not add the British Council at stand B353B to your visit planner at Bett. I’m sure that you will come away pleasantly surprised at the great opportunities available for pupils and staff alike.

Dave Smith is ICT adviser at the Havering School Improvement Services in London, England. Find out more at www.haveringict.edublogs.org, or find him on Twitter at@haveringict or @davesmithict.

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#BettChat archive 20th November 2012

(All these tweets took place between 4pm and 5pm on Tuesday 20th November 2012)

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Welcome to today’s #BettChat. Today’s topic: The impact of technology on developing creativity in children. Any thoughts to kick us off?

LapSafe Products‏  @LapSafe

@Bett_show there’s many fantastic art related apps out there for tablets which encourage even children who think that cannot draw #BettChat

School Website‏  @schoolwebsite

Check out @bett_show for this week’s #BettChat topic: ‘The impact of technology on developing creativity in children’. As suggested by us!

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

There are some fantastic resources, and examples of how these resources have been utilised to encourage creativity. #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@LapSafe @Bett_show Great tweet! Kerpoof looks like a good app, and they have an art app. http://bit.ly/XZ4jwa #BettChat

Bett  ‏@Bett_show

#BettChat is on now! Have you seen any examples of students being creative using tech? #Bett_Show

Smoothwall  ‏@Smoothwall

Anyone have experience of using WebQuests? This article says they can help develop creative-thinking?http://bit.ly/saKf5 #Bettchat

Nick Praulins  ‏@NickPraulins

@Bett_show We use #ComicLife on iPads to create impromptu (and very creative!) narratives. #BettChat

eInstructionApacEmea‏  @eInstruction_uk

A lot of young people have a familiarity with technology that allows them to feel confident using it to express their creativity! #BettChat

Smoothwall  ‏@Smoothwall

There’s a Learn Live session @Bett_show covering creative art on mobile devices. Looks good! http://bit.ly/XxhR2P #BettChat

SkoogMusic‏  @SkoogMusic

#bettchat Some fantastic projects to inspire creativity through music: http://tinyurl.com/c5e9h7d #YMIEdinburgh @creativescots #bestpractice

The SLN2 Team‏  @SLN2Team

@Bett_show #bettchat Staffordshire just ran a science project with 40 schools collaboratively through our County Learning platform @RM_LP

WebBased‏ @WebBasedLtd

An interesting article published by the Daily Telegraph on The impact of technology on children’s creativity http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology-put-kids-at-risk/story-fn6b3v4f-1226052774583 … #BettChat

Bett‏  @Bett_show

As well as creativity, what other core skills do you think using tech can help students develop? #BettChat

LapSafe Products  ‏@LapSafe

@Smoothwall @Bett_show we’ve not heard of that one, thank you for sharing the link it looks brilliant! #BettChat

XMA   ‏@XMAITSolutions

@Bett_show #bettchat – An interesting infographic about creativity being included in syllabus like maths and science http://bit.ly/T1vqAm

XMA ‏  @XMAITSolutions

@Bett_show #bettchat – there are definitely some ways technology can be integrated to support this

Zu3D animation‏  @Zu3D

@Bett_show Teachers have told us that animating particularly help in so many areas: team working, listening, language development. #BettChat

Zu3D animation‏  @Zu3D

@bett_show Here is just one example of creating an animation to reinforce learning http://ow.ly/frt5S Learning by stealth! #BettChat

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

Sometimes tech can be the carrot needed to engage pupils who otherwise may not, such as scriptwriting = writing for a purpose #BettChat

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

We’ve also seen tech give children the confidence to stand in front of a camera and speak when they wouldn’t normally contribute #BettChat

SkoogMusic‏  @SkoogMusic

#BETTchat @drakemusicscot New technology aiding young musicians in the cultural Olympiad 20×12 http://youtu.be/omCWAX9najY

The Whizz Prof‏  @WhizzProf

@Bett_show Teachers who regularly engage with technology can have an even bigger impact! Innovative teaching inspires students! #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Some fantastic resources for supporting creative writing in the classroom. http://bit.ly/XwBF6l #Bettchat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@LapSafe @Bett_show You’re welcome – we hope it comes in useful! #Bettchat

School Website‏  @schoolwebsite

@WebBasedLtd Very interesting point against technology! #BettChat

Zu3D animation‏  @Zu3D

RT @whizzprof Teachers who regularly engage w/ technology can have an even bigger impact! Innovative teaching inspires students! #BettChat

SkoogMusic‏  @SkoogMusic

#BETTchat I just know you’ve all seen this from Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert: http://youtu.be/zDZFcDGpL4U

Loxit‏  @loxitltd

#BettChat topic: The impact of technology on developing creativity in children. Just look at amazing blogging project via @DeputyMitchell

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Thanks to everyone who joined today’s #BettChat! We hope to see you all next week – remember to suggest a topic!

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Should students be paid?

Huw Carrington of online printer ink retailer, Stinkyink.com (www.stinkyinkshop.co.uk) ponders on how to improve attendance and grades.

I’ve been doing youth work as a volunteer for seven years now, and part-time professional youth work for half of that. I’ve worked with hundreds of teenagers, from all around the UK and even from a few places in Europe. I’ve seen all manner of issues, ranging from the inspiring to the horrifying, and I’ve done my best to deal with every one of them. Through all this, I’ve realised that many young people hate school.

For a couple of years now I’ve worked regularly with one young person – we’ll call him Bobby – who dislikes school, so he simply doesn’t go in. His attendance is at less than 30 per cent, and so the school has resorted to unusual means to encourage him to turn up.

Counsellors have talked to Bobby in his home; his head of year has taken him out for coffee to discuss why he doesn’t go in; he’s been promised rewards and concessions if he can get up to a minimum attendance level. From all I’ve seen, none of these have worked; he’d rather stay up late on his Xbox, have a lie in, and then hang out with his friends when they have finished school.

Paid to learn?

I’m not going to pretend I have the answer to this, but as uncomfortable as it might make me feel, a short while ago I came across something that I suspect might improve things for kids like Bobby.

A couple of years back, Time magazine ran an article (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1978758-1,00.html) detailing how a team over in the US ran a study across thousands of pupils in four different major cities, wherein, in its simplest terms, they paid students to go to school. Their results were varied, but in one city those who received a salary through the whole year had substantially higher reading scores than their unpaid peers. This was equivalent to them having had several months extra tuition.

My experience

When I was at school, and more recently at university, I didn’t hit the books as hard as I should have. However, when I started working to get a pay check that enabled me to buy the things that I wanted, I changed gear and actually got down to putting some effort in. My colleagues and friends had a similar experience, so I can’t help but wonder if something like this had been done for me, I might have tried harder and come out with better grades.

Money might not buy you happiness, but maybe, just maybe, it could provide the motivation to get young people to learn.

What are your views? Should pupils learn for the love of it, or will payment just cheapen education?


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#BettChat archive 23rd October 2012

(All these tweets took place between 4pm and 5pm on Tuesday 23rd October 2012)

Bett  @Bett_show

Welcome to #BettChat everyone! Today’s topic: how technology helps personalise the learning experience #Bett_Show

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

#BringYourOwnDevice practices, allowing students access to education resources from their personal device #BettChat

Smoothwall  @Smoothwall

How are you using #BYOD practices in your school to make technology more personal? #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Lots of good use of learning platforms enabling learners to pursue their own goals in collaboration with other learners #BettChat #bettchat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@Smoothwall As much as anything #BYOD can give a sense of ownership & trust in learners as part of the learning process #BettChat #bettchat

Frog‏  @frogtrade

Lots of Frog schools are using #BYOD it is proving popular with more and more schools and even more so with students! #BettChat

Technogym  @Technogym

@smoothwall Good one, here’s a case study of independent active learning through #BYOD keys http://buff.ly/QSc7YS #BettChat

WebBased‏  @WebBasedLtd

Being able to deliver Instruction through Multiple Forms of Media allows you to personalise learning, making it fun & interesting! #BettChat

Life  @lifeisabout

(Video) cameras, microphones to snapshot learning for sharing, reflection etc. either in lessons or online #BettChat #bettchat

Peter   @ClickViewPeter

ClickView enables you to completely personalise your Video experience! #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Apologies for the double hashtagging – not trying to make the point more loudly, just testing TweetChat! #bettchat

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Does anyone have any examples of how technology has helped personalise the learning experience at a school? #BettChat

Technogym‏  @Technogym

The ability to collect data outside of the classroom means teachers can effectively track student progress even remotely #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Encouraging links between school and home through class blogs, learning platforms etc. also effective personalisation #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Allow learners the CHOICE of continuing learning that they are interested in once they’re at home through effective use of web #BettChat

Technogym‏  @Technogym

Sophisticated but simple-to-use individual data collection also helps tailor programmes for each student http://buff.ly/POhwVQ #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Generally the use of technology to allow more choice and ownership of learning is a very effective form of personalisation #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

RT @Bett_show: Does anyone have any examples of how technology has helped personalise the learning experience at a school? #BettChat

LP+‏  @tweetlpplus

Simple things like being able to select own theme or avatar give ownership and personalise the learning experience #bettchat

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Is blogging a good tool for personalising the learning experience? #BettChat

WebBased‏  @WebBasedLtd

Technology opens up a whole word of options, it allows learners to be more flexible with when, where & how they choose to learn #BettChat

LP+‏  @tweetlpplus

also users having easy access to resources that are relevant to them make technologies more intuitive, engaging and personalised #bettchat

InfoMentor UK‏  @infomentoruk

#Gamification helps to motivate & engage pupils at all stages of the learning process, facilitating individualised experiences #bettchat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Examples of personalised learning from the classroom – http://bit.ly/RSo3uW thank you @tombarrett for your useful blog. #BettChat

Technogym‏  @Technogym

#Casestudy Personalised active learning thru integrating Math, Science & French into the PE class: http://buff.ly/QRDIcL #BettChat

Neutrino‏  @AskNeutrino

@Bett_show we think so! http://bit.ly/VuUkia #bettchat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@Bett_show Blogging is certainly a great tool for reflection which can make a huge difference to personalising learning #BettChat

Bett‏  @Bett_show

@Smoothwall @tombarrett A great example – thank you for sharing! #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Great suggestion @infomentoruk.Digital games can support student learning by providing immediate feedback http://onforb.es/Tc2ecP #BettChat

tombarrett‏  @tombarrett

@Bett_show @Smoothwall Here is the link to my new blog with the post #BettChat http://bit.ly/RSFs6y

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

How technology can help children who are struggling academically in school? http://bit.ly/RuVlQY , and video  http://bit.ly/POwX0i  #Bettchat

WebBased‏  @WebBasedLtd

Adaptive Learning, maybe not new but popular, it offers students a more personalised learning experience http://onforb.es/Tc2ecP #BettChat

TOPdesk UK  @TOPdesk_UK

For a live demonstration of TOPdesk 5.0 go to stand C26 #BettChat @BETT_show #UniDesk

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Twitter, blogs, online networking etc. enable personalisation of CPD opportunities for teachers too #BettChat #BettChat

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Why is personalised learning important? #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

RT Andy Evans @acevansIT talking about school blogs – check out the Kingswood Primary School blogs http://kpsblogs.net #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@Bett_show One size definitely doesn’t fit all. The more the experience is personalised to the learner, the more relevant & useful #BettChat

WebBased‏  @WebBasedLtd

@Bett_show Giving learners the option to be involved in how they learn makes them even more interested in wanting to learn #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@Bett_show Students are likely to perform better with personalised learning, and if they’re engaged they will be more receptive #Bettchat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@webbasedltd Absolutely – the importance of learning because you want to rather than being taught because you have to be #BettChat

Technogym‏  @Technogym

@bett_show One-size-fits-all learning doesn’t really engage as well as personalised programmes, which technology makes viable #BettChat

Technogym‏  @Technogym

RT @lifeisabout: @WebBasedLtd the importance of learning because you want to rather than being taught because you have to be #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@lifeisabout This is true, & the student must feel comfortable, responsible and at ease with it in their learning environment #BettChat

InfoMentor UK  @infomentoruk

@Bett_show Everyone has different learning styles, technology allows pupils to try out different methods of learning #bettchat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Thanks for the ideas on #BettChat this afternoon everyone. Back to Life now 🙂

LP+  @tweetlpplus

Not everyone learns in the same way and at the same pace. Offering choice provides opportunities #bettchat

Bett  @Bett_show

That’s #BettChat over for another week. Thanks for all your useful contribution. Suggest a topics for next week if you have a good idea!

Life Lara‏  @reallara

RT @lifeisabout: The use of technology to allow more choice and ownership of learning is a very effective form of personalisation #BettChat

Technogym‏  @Technogym

@smoothwall Same to you! Really enjoyed that session. #BettChat

de Ferrers Academy@deferrers

@Bett_show #bettchat Some great uses of iPads and Socrative to support AFL & differentiation in @deferrers sixth form

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