E-Learning Update March Issue
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Relational Understanding Of Mathematics
This research project by the University of Aberdeen found that the use of innovative STEM-subject resource packages benefitted school pupils’ exploration of STEM subjects. As a result, Aberdeenshire council has invested in mathematics education across all 17 of its secondary schools by purchasing innovative STEM-subject resource packages.
Professional Educators And The Evolving Role Of ICT In Schools
Dissatisfaction with the way many government schools perform has led to widespread efforts to change them, and underpinning many of these initiatives is the deployment of expensive and innovative new technologies. This report by the CfBT Education Trust charity, argues that the acquisition of ICT by many schools is based on weak evidence and questions how schools are persuaded to design, buy and implement technology.
Could PCs be saving money in your school?
In this article, Simon Smith, professional services director for SIMS at Capita Children’s Services, explains how savings of more than £13,000 can be achieved in an average secondary school by simply managing how and when PCs and other devices are run.
Case Study: Doing much more with less
With increasing reliance on specialised application software to support specific curriculum requirements, Matthew Simpson, network manager at St. George’s Church of England School, Blackpool, explains how students and teachers have increased their use of ICT resources AND saved money since the introduction of thin client technology led to faster and more reliable access.
Product focus – Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Anyone who experiences dyslexia or reading difficulties, has English as a second language, sight loss or low vision, can benefit from a speech recognition tool. Here, we look at Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the classroom.
Text Messaging and Literacy Development
New research from Coventry University shows that use of 'textisms' by primary school children can benefit literacy development. The Becta funded study shows that amongst children who are new to using mobile phones, use of text abbreviations was related to the development of literacy skills. Here, lead researcher of the study, Prof. Clare Wood, discusses her research.