E-Learning Update October Issue
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Growth for Creative, Digital and I.T. Industries in the UK
This report, published by the Council for Industry and Higher Education, recommends that Stem subjects, including science and maths, should be extended to digital technology, as the digital industries will soon represent a $3tn (£1.9tn) market. At school level the report calls for a shake-up of the ICT curriculum which it accuses of holding back the development of creative digital industries.
Working in a Classroom Without Walls
The European Innovative Education Forum (IEF) offers a platform for teachers from all over Europe to exchange ideas with education experts on innovative approaches to teaching and learning through the use of digital media. This year’s forum, which took place in Europe, resulted in the judges announcing two UK school winners for their use of innovative technology in the classroom. Simon Horleston won for his Climate Change Challenge and Jan Webb for the project titled ‘Working in a Classroom Without Walls’. Here, Jan discusses her unique project, which utilised exciting technology to engage with pupils in the classroom.
ICT in UK State Schools 2010
This BESA research into the opinions and trends of ICT in UK state schools shows that despite government funding cuts for ICT in education, schools appear to be remaining positive in their outlook. The research, carried out in conjunction with the National Education Research Panel (NERP) provides analysis into the likely provision of technology in UK state schools in the next year and gives extensive insight into teacher confidence, training and the level of ICT in schools.
The first cut is the deepest…?
Education is facing deep funding cuts over the next four years as part of the government’s plan to get the UK’s £155bn budget deficit under control. With schemes such as one-to-one tuition under threat, how can schools continue to provide the pupils that need the most help with the kind of targeted support that will help them achieve all they are capable of? Here, Eileen Field asks if technology can provide a cost-effective solution to the problem.
Blending for success
A successful blended learning solution should include a combination of workshops, e-learning programmes alongside work-based implementation with support from other learners, facilitators and coaches. Here, Robin Hoyle talks about blended learning whilst addressing how important it is to design and implement the right learning package for your staff members and students.
Product Update: October
1. Hitachi Software introduces interactive whiteboard software 2. Dell helps schools embrace digital age 3. New SMART Document Camera 330 4. Easiteach set to improve classroom engagement
Getting to the point
Technology today is closely integrated with the world around us. Our mobile phones, for instance, can now tell where we are, point out the nearest train station or restaurant on a map, and give directions on how to get there. This kind of interactivity with our surroundings is now heading into the classroom. In this article we look at ‘Gesture Recognition’ and what it can bring to the classroom.
Adobe eLearning Suite 2
In this article we look at Adobe’s eLearning Suite 2 and how it can help teachers create engaging resources for students.