E-Learning Update November Issue
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BETT2011, the world’s largest technology in education show, takes place between 12-15 January at Olympia, London. Now in its 27th year, BETT 2011 continues to be the place for educators to source free advice on procurement and improving school standards in the face of change.
Creativity In The Classroom
This new report by Adobe reveals the high value placed on creativity skills in school leavers by employers and universities - skills such as creative thinking or the ability to present information in a creative and compelling way. Three quarters (77%) of those surveyed cite creativity as an essential or important skill, in addition to core skills such as numeracy and literacy.
Open Services – Sustainable ICT for UK Schools
This new publication by Gary Clawson, chief executive of the North West Learning Grid, reports that the average secondary school can save £35,020 a year, and a primary school £6,300 by implementing a policy of open source software and content. In addition, local authorities could cut their ICT costs by between 25 and 35 per cent.
Finding the Right Wireless Technology Solution
Almost fifty percent of education professionals believe that schools, colleges and universities are not investing enough in IT, according to a recent report by Netgear. Many said they felt this caused educational institutions to suffer, with 89 percent stating inefficient investment in IT for education can negatively impact pupils' learning experience. This article profiles one educational establishment that recognises the importance behind IT investment and has installed a new technology solution to ensure that its pupils get the best learning experience possible.
Smart Printing Can Help Schools Reduce Wastage and Cut Costs
The centre for economics and business research (CEBR) recently reported that UK organisations could potentially make annual savings of between £900 and £2,100 million on their printing costs. According to CEBR, these savings could come both from migrating expensive outsourced printing to printing in-house and from more efficiently managing existing in-house printing jobs.
Online discussion forums
A new research study has found that using e-learning technologies can lead to a "numbing down" of debate and learning among professional users.
A projector is for life and not just for this year’s budget
Choosing the right projector for your classroom is not as simple as it once was. A generation ago the projector was an add-on to the blackboard, whilst today it is at the heart of a rich, multimedia teaching environment. As technology has progressed, issues of price and quality have combined with those of longevity, through-life costs, compatibility and environmental responsibility. With a wealth of choice out there, it can be a little bewildering — but in today’s budget conscious environment, making the right choice has never been more important.
Drive costs down with technology tailored for schools
With the country now in austerity mode, and the Comprehensive Spending Review finally announced, Roger Plant, Managing Director of Pearson Phoenix, discusses the use of technology in schools and how it will need to be bought carefully and be used to cut costs without sacrificing on service delivery.
Augmented Reality: pushing educational boundaries
‘Augmented Reality’ (AR) has the ability to revolutionise the education experience for students and teachers alike. Here Darren Pepper and Graham Thorpe provide an insight into the world of AR and how it can enable students to push the learning boundaries.