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Bett Latin American Education Leaders: What are the key challenges regarding education and technology in Latin America (Part 2)?

jorge_sequeiraIn part one of the interview Jorge Sequeira outlined the key areas and concerns which Latin America faces in regards to improving educational and technological standards. Now in part 2, Jorge finally explains where he believes the solutions lie:

As modern societies increasingly rely and are based on information and knowledge they need to:
  • Build workforces that have ICT skills to handle information and are reflective, creative and adept at problem-solving in order to generate knowledge
  • Enable citizens to be knowledgeable and resourceful so they are able to manage their own lives effectively, and are able to lead full and satisfying lives
  • Encourage all citizens to participate fully in society and influence the decisions which affect their lives
  • Foster cross-cultural understanding and the peaceful resolution of conflict.
A UNESCO response: the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers
These social and economic goals are the focus of a country’s education system. Teachers need to be equipped to achieve these goals, and to respond to this challenge, UNESCO has developed an international benchmark which sets out the skills required to teach effectively with ICTs: UNESCO’s ICT Competency Framework for Teachers. 
This Framework is intended to:
-Inform educational policy makers, teacher-educators, providers of professional learning and working teachers on the role of ICTs in educational reform
-Assist the countries in developing ICT competency standards for teachers with a Master Plan approach on ICTs in Education.
The Framework emphasizes that it is not enough for teachers to have ICT skills and be able to teach them to their students. Teachers need also to be able to help the students become collaborative, problem-solving, creative learners through using ICTs, so they will become effective citizens and members of the workforce.
The Framework therefore addresses all aspects of a teacher’s work:
  • Understanding ICT in education
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Pedagogy
  • Proper ICT
  • Organisation and administration
  • Teacher professional learning
The Framework is arranged in three different approaches to teaching (three successive stages of a teacher’s development).
a)The 1st is Technology Literacy, enabling students to use ICTs in order to learn more efficiently.
b)The 2nd is Knowledge Deepening, enabling students to acquire in-depth knowledge of their school subjects and apply it to complex, real-world problems.
c)The 3rd is Knowledge Creation, enabling students, citizens and the workforce they become, to create the new knowledge required for more harmonious, fulfilling and prosperous societies.
Jorge Sequeira will be a part of the Bett Latin America Leadership Summit taking place on the 31st October 2013 in São Paulo. To find out more about the conference agenda visit the website here.

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#BettChat archive 8th January 2013

(All these tweets took place between 4pm and 5pm on Tuesday 8 January 2013)

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Welcome to #BettChat! Today’s topic: What do think has been the biggest game-changer for learning tech since #Bett_Show started in 1985?

eSchools‏  @eschoolsuk

@Bett_show #BettChat pupil’s ability to have the world at their fingertips?

Promethean Planet‏  @planet_tweets

Um… we say: The biggest game changer in education since ’85 has been INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS!! Agree/Disagree? #Bettchat #learningmatters

Future Learning‏  @_futurelearning

Is vertical teaching a viable option?: http://goo.gl/IORyg http://goo.gl/OUPEo #education #bettchat

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

The size and portability of tech is a major change – as is the amount of storage. I have more in my new phone than in my 1st PC! #BettChat

Joe Makepeace‏  @ischoolaudit

#BettChat One of the biggest change since 1985 has to be access to information from both the teachers and the pupils perspective.

Joe Makepeace  ‏@SmartAuditLtd

#BettChat One of the biggest change since 1985 has to be access to information from both the teachers and the pupils perspective.

Adrienne Phillips‏  @Planet_Editor

MT @planet_tweets: Um… we say: The biggest game changer in ed since ’85 has been IWBs! Agree/Disagree #Bettchat #learningmatters AGREE!!

edubiscuit‏  @edubiscuit

#Bettchat @Bett_show #BETT2013 I’d have to say Internet radio would be near the top

Access Area Ltd‏  @Accessarea

@planet_tweets We certainly supply lots of them and they are a fantastic resource for teachers/pupils. Have they changed the game? #BettChat

Promethean‏  @PrometheanUSA

AGREE!! MT @planet_tweets: Um… we say: The biggest game changer in ed since ’85 has been IWBs! Agree/Disagree #Bettchat #learningmatters

Joe Makepeace  ‏@ischoolaudit

Does anyone have a show guide from ’85? What interactive social media forum was available at the time – guessing it was the Pub #BettChat

Joe Makepeace‏  @SmartAuditLtd

Does anyone have a show guide from ’85? What interactive social media forum was available at the time – guessing it was the Pub #BettChat

Russell Prue‏  @russellprue

Just to remind everyone that #BETTChat is well-underway today and some good topics up already join the crowd and use the tag!

Joe Makepeace‏  @ischoolaudit

@edubiscuit I am intrigued as to your reasons for Internet Radio being near the top. #BettChat

Joe Makepeace‏  @SmartAuditLtd

@edubiscuit I am intrigued as to your reasons for Internet Radio being near the top. #BettChat

Promethean Planet  ‏@planet_tweets

@Accessarea Definitely. We love that IWBs can be used to get kids out of seats, at the board, physically interacting in the lesson #BETTChat

joeharrod‏  @joeharrod

Biggest game changer in #education since ’85? The World Wide Web! After that – why it’s interactive whiteboards of course! #Bettchat

eSchools‏  @eschoolsuk

#bettchat has learning tech progressed faster in the last 3 years than the previous 25 years? #tablets #android #iphone #learningmatters

joeharrod‏  @joeharrod

Biggest game changer in #education since ’85? The World Wide Web! And interactive whiteboards of course! #Bettchat #learningmatters

Promethean Planet‏  @planet_tweets

#BETTchat Video! The NEXT biggest thing in Education >> instant feedback. Check this out: http://bit.ly/TINq5W #edchat #learningmatters

Joe Makepeace‏  @ischoolaudit

#BettChat It would appear that #IWB‘s are well in front so far….

Access Area Ltd‏  @Accessarea

@planet_tweets Does every classroom now have access to #IWB‘s or is it still a work in progress? #BettChat

Andy Knill‏  @aknill

#BettChat mobile technology and its versatility

Andy Knill‏  @aknill

#BettChat the access to the Internet and global exchange of ideas and information

attro  ‏@attro_UK

We would agree that IWB’s have been the biggest changer since 1985. Tablets to the next one? #bettchat

Andy Knill‏  @aknill

#BettChat ICT tech has become a tool we can all access

Claire Ashton‏  @ClaireAshton

#BETTChat, has anyone mentioned actual access to technology? In 1985, one suite of BBCs in my sec school now technology is ubiquitous

Promethean Planet‏  @planet_tweets

@Accessarea depends on market but we know they are a game changer for teachers. Thanks for supplying 🙂 #IWB #Bettchat #learningmatters

Andy Knill‏  @aknill

#BettChat IWBs have made a big difference ( #promethean #activadvocates role)

David Kempster‏  @KempsterD

@aknill: #BettChat IWBs have made a big difference ( #promethean #activadvocates role)” Have they? When used well but most aren’t.

IrritableTech  ‏@IrritableTech

#BETTChat What do think has been the biggest game-changer for learning tech since #Bett-Show started in 1985? Affordability. Sorry I’m late!

David Kempster‏  @KempsterD

#BettChat I think that IWBs have led to more didactic teaching over the past few years. The BBC Master was a big game changer 4 me.

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Thanks everyone for some great contributions to #BettChat! Remember to let us know your suggestions for next week’s topic

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Time for schools to re-boot technology use in the classroom

Justin Sycamore, managing director at Vocab Express, provides some food for thought for teachers drafting their ICT wish lists.

There is no question about it, education technology whether hardware like digital tablets, or software like educational games, can greatly improve students’ learning. However, a recent study carried out by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts claims expensive digital technology for schools often sits unused in classroom cupboards.

In the last three years, researchers estimated that schools in England alone spent more than £1.4bn on technology, a staggering amount considering tight school budgets, but it is not being used to its full potential. It was reported that the main reason for this, was teachers’ and learners’ lack of understanding in using these costly digital kits.

In an interview with the BBC, Dominic Savage of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) welcomed the report commenting: “Schools should only invest in technology when they understand what they want to do with it and what it will achieve.”

Here at Vocab Express we support this opinion and believe it is incredibly important for education suppliers to provide resources which are user friendly, support the educator, can be easily updated and strengthen and accelerate learning. There is a rich range of resources available but schools need to be careful not to put excitement at innovation ahead of what actually helps students learn. To all teachers reading this blog and attending the Bett show in January, our advice would be to carefully consider what products will best suit both you and your students. It may be easy to compile an extensive list of flash techy gadgets, but are they straightforward to use? Will you need training to use them? Do they effectively support the work you undertake in lessons? Could they become obsolete in a couple of years? Do they need to be used in conjunction with other products? Is there a more effective alternative?

Suppliers at Bett will be happy to answer any questions and for visitors to trial their products. To find out more information on the show please take a look at the Bett 2013 website where you can find out more about each exhibitor before hand with their exhibitor profiles http://www.bettshow.com/

We would love to hear your thoughts on the use of digital technology in schools!

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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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Bett Awards 2013 – Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 15th annual Bett Awards have been announced by organisers i2i Events Group, and British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).

The Bett Awards are considered to be the most prestigious in the education sector, and are committed to celebrating a distinctive and diverse digital education resources market that meets the needs of the education system.

Every year the judges, comprised of leading education sector stakeholders, look for organisations and products that show a clear understanding of the sector and its needs.

A large number of entries are received each year from a broad range of organisations, from large corporations to the smallest companies run by just one or two people. All organisations entering the awards are looking for acclaim for the hard work and commitment invested in the creation of their products and services.

Debbie French, event director at i2i Events Group comments: “It is the quality of these products and services that helps to maintain the UK’s position as the leader in the use of technology in education. The specific nature of each individual child’s learning requirements means that judging the products and services entered into the Bett Awards is possibly the most challenging of any award programme. This year we have been astounded by the levels of innovation in the judged products.”

Caroline Wright, director of BESA and chair of judging, adds; “Despite schools now realising that they do have strong available budgets, teachers are becoming more shrewd in assessing the aptness of products for their specific needs. Products therefore need to be of the highest standard to ensure that, aside from the initial purchase price, the total cost of ownership is low. This is what the judges have identified; products that offer the highest quality and are fit for purpose.  These Bett Award finalists are certainly companies that schools can safely consider to be amongst the best available.”

The winners will be announced at the Bett Awards dinner on Wednesday 30 January 2013 at the brand new Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, Tower Bridge, London. To book your place please visit: www.bettawards.com.

The BETT Awards 2013 finalists in 13 categories:       

Early Years Digital content
Busythings Ltd busythings.co.uk
Early Vision Ltd Early Vision Online
Focus Education UK Ltd Fingertips Online
Ten Town   Ltd Ten Town
The   Usborne Foundation Teach   Your  Monster to Read: First Steps
Primary Digital content
Collins Education Collins Big Cat Apps
EducationCity.com Primary Britannica
Espresso   Education Espresso Primary
Fiction   Express Fiction Express
Film   Education Thinking Film, Thinking Primary   Literacy
Oxford   University Press ProjectX CODE
Rising   Stars Switched   on ICT for Key Stage 1
Sherston   Software Ltd Planet Sherston
Zulogic   Ltd Zu3D
Secondary Digital Content
3P   Learning Mathletics
A2om CIC Drive IQ
Digital   Explorer Digital Explorer resource Bank
e-skills   UK Behind the Screen Cyber Security   Project
Film   Education Thinking Film: resource series for   secondary
Gigajam   Music School Ltd Gigajam Virtual Learning Environment
Science   Museum Futurecade
TrueTube/CTVC TrueTube.co.uk
ICT   Tools for Learning and Teaching
2Simple Software 2 Build a Profile
Dynevor ePace
GenericMaths   Ltd ConquerMaths
Just2easy j2e5
MediaCore MediaCore
Melvin   Eng Physics in Crisis: Downtown Pandora
Royal   Shakespeare Company Teaching   Shakespeare
Royal   Society of Chemistry LearnChemistry
Digital Collections   and Resource Banks
British Pathe British Pathe Education
Browns   Books for Students VleBooks
Encyclopaedia   Britannica Britannica Online School Edition
London   Grid for Learning The Romans in London
National   STEM Centre eLibrary
Oxford   University Press Oxford School Improvement Online Videos
Twig   World Twig World
Twinkl   Primary Resources Twinkl Primary Resources
Wildscreen ARKive
ICT   Special Educational Needs Solutions
Apollo   Creative Apollo Ensemble
AssistiveWare Harry and Rosie Text to Speech Voices
Crick   Software Ltd Clicker 6
Dyslexia   Action Load2Learn
Iansyst CapturaTalk   for Android
Inclusive   Technology HelpKidzLearn
Osborne   Technologies Ltd SensoryPod
Digital devices
A1   Technologies Ltd David   SLS-1 Structured Light Scanner
Altay   Scientific Spa RED – Really Easy Data Sensors
Avantis LearnPad   2
Data   Harvest EasySense   Vu
eInstruction   EMEA Mobi   View™
Orange   Music Education The Music Board
Promethean ActivTable
Vision Techconnect   Amplifier
ICT   Leadership and Management Solutions
CSE   Education Systems Ltd Service   Manager
Follett Aspen
Groupcall   Limited Groupcall   Messenger
LCP Ltd iTRACK   Primary
ReportBox ReportBox
RM   Education RM   Intelligence
Teachers   Media International Teachers Media online CPD Service
Innovation   in ICT
Capita   SIMS – SIMS Discover SIMS   Discover
Firefly   Solutions Firefly Student Planner
Groupcall   Limited Groupcall Emerge
Little   Bridge World www.littlebridge.com
Oddizzi ClassPals by Oddizzi
PlingToys The Magic Cloud
ScienceScope   Ltd DynaKar
TeacherCentric   Ltd Show My Homework
ICT   Service and Support
AzteQ
Ergo   Computing
Hsis –   Havering School Improvement Service
Joskos   Solutions Ltd
RM   Education
Scomis
Wolverhampton   Learning Technologies Team
ICT Company of the Year – Less than   £1m turnover
Alfiesoft
Bladetec Ltd
Just2easy Limited
SchoolsICT Limited
WIRIS team @ Maths for More
ICT   Company of the Year – Between £1 and £3m turnover
3P   Learning
CentraStage
Contact   Group
Crick   Software Ltd
Joskos   Solutions Ltd
Osborne   Technologies Ltd
ParentMail
ICT   Company of the Year – Over £3m turnover
Capita   IT Services
EducationCity.com
European Electronique
Frog
KYOCERA Document Solutions UK Ltd
Outstanding achievement award
The BETT Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates someone who is regarded   as an inspiration to others and represents the successes and achievements of   the UK education sector. The award will be presented at the Awards ceremony   on the 30th January 2013.

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