E-Learning Update January Issue
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Education Future Workforce Report
Research carried out by Microsoft has identified that the majority of students believe they are learning more about IT outside of the classroom. The Microsoft Education Future Workforce research found that ‘Generation Five’ (16 to 18 year olds currently in education) question the approach taken by schools, with 58% believing that they have a greater level of understanding when it comes to IT, than those charged with educating them.
Impact of Technology on Children’s Attainment in English
This review considered the impact of ICT on children’s attainment in the key curricular areas of Reading, Spelling, Writing and Speaking and Listening. The review examined research published since 2004 which considered how technology may be used to support the learning of English in children aged 5-16 years.
Beating the Bullies
With almost half of secondary students witnessing bullying incidents on the way home how can schools tackle bullying in and out of the school gates? Bullying was a big problem for Witchford Village College in Cambridge. Here, Jason Wing, vice-principal at the College, describes how technology helped his school cut bullying incidents by 75%.
Harnessing assistive technology for reading
A government-funded project at the University of Edinburgh set out to find what help was available for Scottish pupils who had difficulties reading ordinary printed books. Called the ‘Books for All’ project, the University found many cases where children were held back due to an absence of assistive technologies. Here we look at the project and what its doing to help children read…
Making school systems speak our students language
Rob Jones, ICT advanced skills teacher at Cowley International College, St Helens, discusses the impact their new Dashboard ICT school system has had on the level of interest shown by their students to study ICT.
How to organise an ICT lesson
Preparation is vital to a successful ICT lesson, regardless of how well you understand technology. Here, we present a checklist of things to do before you start your class.
Meeting the communication needs of SEN students
Young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders present school staff with specific difficulties, and require a classroom with a clear focus on structures and routines, the use of visual supports, and effective communication. This article provides some ideas on how technology can be used could be used as a possible tool to meet the learning and communication challenges faced by ASD students. No specialist hardware or software is needed to apply these strategies to many educational settings.
Product Update: January
1. Knighthood launches BearBox at BETT 2. Monitoring Functionality for Holistic View of Pupil Attainment 3. Sharp entry-level A3 colour Multifunction Printer 4. Streaming software delivery for schools 5. Wireless and network-ready laptop storage and charging units
3D in the classroom: bringing learning to life (open access article)
How can teachers tap in to the new wave of 3D technology and help bring lessons to life? Here, Trevor Holt talks about the power of 3D to enliven the classroom experience and highlights some of key features that will become available to teachers over the next few years and help them rethink their approach to education.