Category Archives: ICT

Leading Accredited GeneeWorld Reseller

Arkel Computer Services Ltd

Arkel  Computer Services (Arkel) and GeneeWorld combine to offer the best terms available for schools and nurseries in all the latest IT related technology.

Arkel has been a leading educational supplier since 1983. GeneeWorld visualisers have been the brand leader in their field since 2000.

Arkel is well aware that school budgets are currently stretched to the limit. As such we are able to offer you fantastic prices to enable more equipment for the money you have available. For more information or details of easy payments please call 01858 432495

GeneeWorld Visualisers
Genee Visualisers are the market leaders throughout education

GV50          £148 GV50UHD    £180
GV150         £313 GV4100HD   £421
GV8100HD    £703

GeneeWorld Interactive Touchscreens
Benefits include:

Uses up to 75% less power
Crystal clear viewing in any light condition
Useable in any rooms and are not wall dependent
No shadows
5 Year Warranty

55” Classic      £1356 65” Classic        £1887
70” Classic      £2631 80” De Luxe       £3373
65” 4K            £2347 75” 4k              £3153
86” 4K            £4538

Registrar Systems      £2738 (£3189 fully installed and with on-site training)
This is a complete visitor management system comprising:
Printer, webcam, barcode scanner, print labels, 1 year subscription and Sims Integration

Nursery Tables
32” (ideal for early years)      £2902
42” (Ideal for Juniors)           £3356

All prices are subject to VAT and delivery.
All Prices correct as at 2/10/2017

Arkel Computer Services Ltd, 38 Granville St., Market Harborough, Leics., LE16 9EX.
Call 01858 432495 or email sales@arkel.co.uk

 

Beat the Price Increases on Interactive Touchscreens

There comes a time with all technology when more modern equipment supersedes it. Years ago we used blackboards with chalk. Several generations later we were using Interactive whiteboards (IWB) with projectors. Believe it or not these have been in circulation in schools for around twenty years.  However time moves on and schools are now moving over to Interactive Touchscreens (ITS). These have all the benefits of IWBs plus many more:

  • Use up to 75% less power
  • Crystal clear viewing in any light conditions
  • Useable in any rooms and are not wall dependent
  • No shadows
  • No need for unsightly projector fittings

There are several brands of ITS on the market but only one is so confident of its product that it offers a warranty of up to Seven Years. GeneeWorld offers a warranty on all its touchscreens of between five and seven years.

Genee is already a world renowned  brand in the education market as the leader in visualiser technology. They have used this knowledge of classroom technology and interactivity to design a board that can not only interact with legacy software, but has its own bespoke Spark software for giving you the very best results. To watch a 12 minute video of these products go to http://www.arkel.co.uk/genee

Arkel Computer Services is an Accredited Geneeworld partner and can offer you best prices for all Genee products. If you have a requirement for an ITS, visualiser or any other Genee product please call Arkel on 01858 432495 or contact sales@arkel.co.uk

Whilst current stock lasts, prices of Interactive Touch Screens start from £1299.

However, for your guidance we have listed the price of some of the more popular products below:

G-Touch Slim 55” Classic £1299

G-Touch Slim 65” Classic: £1896

Larger Screens are also available from 70” up to 86”. Prices on application.

We also offer a full installation and fitting service in your area. Please call 01858 432495 for prices which will vary according to quantity and size of the boards.

Genee Visualisers From £128

All prices are subject to delivery charges and VAT.

Arkel also offer all other forms of IT hardware and technical support. For a better idea of the scope of how we can help, go to: www.arkel.co.uk or call us on 01858 432495 or email sales@arkel.co.uk

Arkel Computer Services Ltd, 38 Granville St, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 9EX

Please note that because of the weakness of Sterling, prices will increase during September. Early orders will guarantee the best price.

 

How IT skills help autistic students

Why is it that some autistic students respond so well to learning IT skills – and how can we use this to help them?

For many years Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre has been studying the established link between parents working in hi-tech, scientific and mathematical industries and an increased incidence of children on the autism spectrum.

As a result of this research more and more IT companies in the UK and beyond have actively begun recruiting an autistic workforce for its highly technical and concentration skills.

Of course, while such a life may only be relevant to some autistic students, many autism experts agree with Professor Grandin at Colorado State University, herself autistic, who believes that without “the gifts of autism” there would probably be no Nasa or IT industry.

The fact is that very many autistic students can benefit from being able to work in an IT environment. As Richard Mills, director of Research Autism, said, “The computer age totally changes the world of autism.”

Indeed researchers at Nottingham University and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have found that people with autism value the increased control over their interactions that is afforded by the filter of a computer screen.

In short, they can observe interactions, choose when to be sociable, and make contact with other people who have autism.

Presenting information visually in the precise and predictable computer format suits the autistic mind, says Baron Cohen, and can provide “a tool or platform for developing further skills”.   And, of course, it is a tool that helps them to take control of their adult lives.

It is to help students on the autism spectrum benefit in their move towards adulthood that SEN Press has developed a series of Value Packs which include whiteboard resources, worksheets, readers and a CD Rom of our ebooks.

Each pack is based on a theme of key benefit to autistic pupils such as Work Experience, Making Sense of Money, Relationships, etc.  As a result the students gain two benefits – the growth in their own confidence and ability that can arise as a result of working with IT, while at the same time benefiting from the subject being studied.

Full details of all our Value Pack on Teen Issues Work Experience and Making Sense of Moneycan be found by clicking the link to our website.

Alternatively if you require further information please call 01582 833205  or email info@senpress.co.uk

Why Change to an Interactive Touchscreen (ITS)?

 

There comes a time with all technology when more modern equipment supersedes it. Years ago we used blackboards with chalk. Several generations later we were using Interactive whiteboards (IWB) with projectors. Believe it or not these have been in circulation in schools for around twenty years.  However time moves on and schools are now moving over to Interactive Touchscreens. These have all the benefits of IWBs plus many more:

  • Use up to 75% less power
  • Crystal clear viewing in any light conditions
  • Useable in any rooms and are not wall dependent
  • No shadows
  • No need for unsightly projector fittings

There are several brands of ITS on the market but only one is so confident of its product that it offers a warranty of up to Seven Years. GeneeWorld offers a warranty on all its touchscreens of between five and seven years.

Genee is already a world renowned  brand in the education market as the leader in visualiser technology. They have used this knowledge of classroom technology and interactivity to design a board that can not only interact with legacy software, but has its own bespoke Spark software for giving you the very best results. To watch a 12 minute video of these products go to http://www.arkel.co.uk/genee.

Arkel Computer Services is a specialist Geneeworld partner and can offer you best prices for all Genee products. If you have a requirement for an ITS, visualiser or any other Genee product please call Arkel on 01858 432495 or contact sales@arkel.co.uk

For orders placed during April, prices of Interactive Touch Screens start from: £1217

However, for your guidance we have listed the price of some of the more popular products below:

G-Touch Slim 55” De Luxe with built in Android: £1217 (Special Offer Price while stocks last)

G-Touch Slim 65” Classic: £1773

Larger Screens are also available from 70” up to 86”. Prices on application.

We also offer a full installation and fitting service in your area. Please call 01858 432495 for prices which will vary according to quantity and size of the boards.

Genee Visualisers From £128

All prices are subject to delivery charges and VAT.

Arkel also offer all other forms of IT hardware and technical support. For a better idea of the scope of how we can help, go to: www.arkel.co.uk or call us on 01858 432495 or email sales@arkel.co.uk

Arkel Computer Services Ltd, 38 Granville St, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 9EX

Discover Doddle with a free meeting!

Book a free visit today with one of our experienced Education Consultants!

This thirty-minute meeting will show you exactly how Doddle ICT and Computing can transform teaching, homework, and assessment within your department.

Doddle’s interactive presentations, activities, and worksheets have been updated for the 2016 specifications and are exam board-specific. They include in-depth resources on computational thinking, and programming with Scratch, Python, JavaScript, Visual Basic, and Raspberry Pi.

Self-marking quizzes report automatically to your online markbook, allowing you to take a purely diagnostic approach to your lesson planning and delivery. This enables meaningful analysis of results at an individual, class, and departmental level, and aids tracking of key groups, such as Pupil Premium students.

Our Education Consultants look forward to discussing your school’s needs at a time and date to suit you.
www.doddlelearn.co.uk/bookavisit

Philippa
Doddle

Free ICT and Computing interactive on memory management!

Cement your KS4 students’ understanding of memory management with our free animation!

This step-by-step animation demonstrates how memory is managed when a program is running.

It depicts the CPU fetching each instruction and necessary data from the memory, and then storing the result once the instruction is completed.

This animation is the ideal way to reinforce the basics of memory management for your whole class!

Find the interactive on our ICT and Computing free stuff page:
www.boardworks.co.uk/ictfreestuff

Kind regards,

The Boardworks team

Transform your 2017 with Doddle!

Happy New Year from everyone at Doddle! We hope you enjoyed a well-deserved break, and are excited to be starting a brand-new year.

Why not make 2017 the year you transform your teaching, homework, and assessment? Doddle is a comprehensive, online resource, providing in-depth coverage of KS3 and KS4 ICT and Computing.

Doddle’s engaging and interactive resources are mapped to all major exam boards, seamlessly supporting your teaching.

Self-marking, tablet-friendly quizzes give students instant feedback and automatically enter results into your online markbook. At a glance, you can identify the students needing more support, and diagnose exactly where it needs to be directed.

To find out more about how Doddle could transform your 2017, book a free in-school visit with one of our Education Consultants today.
www.doddlelearn.co.uk/bookavisit

Philippa
Doddle

Computational Thinking, Algorithms, Programming

Computational Thinking, Algorithms, Programming and more
Our flexible computing resources offer a wealth of challenging but achievable tasks.  Individual quality activities can be edited, collated and shared digitally allowing you to tailor projects to the exact needs of your students. The engaging nature of the materials will give them wings.

View and print our Mail-Order Leaflet (2 pages)

Algorithms and Comp Thinking
Preview Pages

Algorithms and Programming
Preview Pages

VB.NET Projects
Free Sample Project

Dreamweaver
Free Sample

Vocab-Busters
Free Sample

The Interactive Kiosk Project
Preview Pages

Spreadsheets/Databases and Tasks
Free Sample

MS Access Tutorial Set
Free Samples

MS Excel Tutorial Set
Free Samples

Photoshop Scrapbook
Free Sample

ORB Education ICT/Computing Resources
ORDER NOW – and pay by school invoice

View and print our Mail-Order Leaflet

Please email enq@orbeducation.co.uk for more information.

Warm regards
Dan Collingbourne

PS. Save up to 15% on your order. Details in our Mail-Order Leaflet.

Visit our Website

ORB Education
EMAIL:  enq@orbeducation.co.uk
FAX: (0161) 667 0540
POST: 483 Green Lanes, London N13 4BS

 

Engaging animations in Doddle ICT and Computing

Use the animations in Doddle ICT and Computing to simplify complex computing processes such as heuristic algorithms, print spooling, and subroutines.

Our interactive animations are perfect to talk through with your whole class to reinforce key principles. They could equally be assigned to students to aid their individual study, and to make sure they feel entirely confident with the topic.

Book a visit
Find out more about Doddle’s interactive resources, self-marking homework quizzes and automatic online markbook by booking a free in-school visit with one of our Educational Consultants.

Philippa
Doddle

 

Free KS3 ICT and Computing worksheet on creating a website!

Make sure that your KS3 students know all about the essential features of a website with this free worksheet from Boardworks ICT and Computing!

Complete with a full answer sheet, this resource starts by asking your students to identify what a good website needs, and which features are optional. Are quick download times more important than lots of video and animation?

A fill-in-the-gaps exercise reinforces the key processes and terminology associated with creating a website, whilst an extensive glossary is an ideal reference point when it comes to revision time.

This worksheet is the perfect homework task to test your students’ understanding of how websites work!

Download it now from our ICT and Computing free stuff page.

Kind regards,
The Boardworks team

Grofar MIS Integration Released – Grofar effortlessly syncs student data from your school MIS

Bristol, United Kingdom – 13th October 2016 – The Bristol-based software company, Grofar, has recently announced that their latest update now connects directly to your schools MIS system. Schools using SIMS, Facility CMIS, Progresso, Bromcom MIS, Integris G2 and SchoolBase can now sync all of their student information effortlessly.

Having quick access to relevant and accurate information is core to running a successful careers programme. Grofar now imports school, student, teacher and parent data seamlessly. Data is synced daily so that information is always kept up-to-date.

Grofar have partnered with Groupcall to harness the power of their ‘Xporter on Demand’ service to provide a robust and secure solution.

“We were thrilled to have Grofar choose Xporter as their integration partner from a competitive field. As a business critical partnership, Grofar are joining the UK’s most trusted and successful provider of MIS integration services and will be one of the first to utilise our next generation ‘Xporter on Demand’ service. With our support, they were able to integrate with multiple MIS in record time. The Grofar development team have seamlessly incorporated the data sharing consent process into their product which puts schools in control of the data they share. The user experience and flow to get the data moving is very slick and flexible, and simple wizard based setup puts users in full control, making them one of our more impressive integrators.”

Adrian Bantin, Partner Manager, Groupcall Ltd

This is just part of their ongoing commitment to continually improve Grofar for the Grofar community and respond to customer feedback.

Grofar was established in autumn 2014, by the award winning team that created Schoolcomms, the integrated solution for parental engagement. Grofar offers a fully SIMS integrated, careers guidance management solution that significantly reduces the time careers leaders and co-ordinators spend on administration. Grofar helps every school to meet Statutory Guidance, satisfy Ofsted and implement the Gatsby benchmarks whilst engaging students, businesses, alumni, parents and SLT.

If you would like to find out how Grofar can connect to your school MIS please contact a member of their team on 0117 315 5261 or email hello@grofar.com

For a complete list of benefits and features please visit the Grofar website  http://www.grofar.com

Contact: 

Linda Wettergreen – lindawettergreen@grofar.com
Grofar
St Nicholas House
31-34 High Street
Bristol BS1 2AW
0117 315 5261

How can schools create a manageable computing journey at Key Stage 2 when there are so many free tools to use?

In the run up to the launch of the new computing curriculum, as well as after it was phased in, there was a collective intake of breath from teachers up and down the country as they absorbed what it all meant.

For many teachers the notion of writing and debugging programs or explaining simple algorithms was well beyond their every-day experience and certainly not in their training.

Fortunately at the time there was already a string of free web based tools out there to use and a couple of these have proved really successful like Scratch from MIT & Daisy the Dinosaur.

Thankfully, it also seems sometimes that many children tend to be a little more fearless with technology – a strength when it comes to Computing!

With all the free tools that some school enthusiasts started to champion it soon became apparent that while they were free there was little if any support or influence on how products developed – how could there be if the tool was free?

The result for some schools has been a bird’s nest of logins for different tools, varying user interfaces, unreliable work saving and patchy levels of school service. Factors like these undermine teacher confidence who just want it to work. Schools love saving money but when the cost is not having a reliable learning environment then its surely too high.

The mission at Blippit has been to get key elements of the computing curriculum under one roof and to help develop curious learners through authentic learning – even to the point of publishing apps (with the teacher’s approval) on our free app store, Planet Blippit.

Blippit IO, through its powerfully simple tools, opens the door to computational thinking, logical reasoning and unexpectedly – writing.  You can use our templates or just create your own.

To try Blippit IO for your school just visit us here and if you decide that Blippit IO would serve your schools needs you can upgrade here.

If you have any questions or queries about Blippit IO please do call 01772 657 100 or email support@blippit.co.uk  John Bidder

How can schools create a manageable computing journey at Key Stage 2 when there are so many free tools to use?

In the run up to the launch of the new computing curriculum, as well as after it was phased in, there was a collective intake of breath from teachers up and down the country as they absorbed what it all meant.

For many teachers the notion of writing and debugging programs or explaining simple algorithms was well beyond their every-day experience and certainly not in their training.

Fortunately at the time there was already a string of free web based tools out there to use and a couple of these have proved really successful like Scratch from MIT & Daisy the Dinosaur.

Thankfully, it also seems sometimes that many children tend to be a little more fearless with technology – a strength when it comes to Computing!

With all the free tools that some school enthusiasts started to champion it soon became apparent that while they were free there was little if any support or influence on how products developed – how could there be if the tool was free?

The result for some schools has been a bird’s nest of logins for different tools, varying user interfaces, unreliable work saving and patchy levels of school service. Factors like these undermine teacher confidence who just want it to work. Schools love saving money but when the cost is not having a reliable learning environment then its surely too high.

The mission at Blippit has been to get key elements of the computing curriculum under one roof and to help develop curious learners through authentic learning – even to the point of publishing apps (with the teacher’s approval) on our free app store, Planet Blippit.

Blippit IO, through its powerfully simple tools, opens the door to computational thinking, logical reasoning and unexpectedly – writing.  You can use our templates or just create your own.

To try Blippit IO for your school just visit us here and if you decide that Blippit IO would serve your schools needs you can upgrade here.

If you have any questions or queries about Blippit IO please do call 01772 657 100 or email support@blippit.co.uk  John Bidder

Tamper-resistant IT chair

This “tamper-resistant” IT chair is available in a wide range of upholstery colours…and a FIVE year warranty……

It’s often true that keeping things simple is the best policy. This is the case with the Kenton IT chair which has a single lever to adjust seat height. No fancy stuff, no bells, no whistles.

The Kenton IT chair has been designed specifically for the education sector. By reducing the number of components which might be removed or damaged (either accidentally or deliberately !) the aim is to provide a more reliable and tamper-resistant chair for your students. It’s also available in a wide range of upholstery fabrics …and it’s made in the UK.

The Kenton IT chair is available from Central Educational Supplies Ltd., Further details and pricing information can be found on their website: www.centraleducational.co.uk

They can be contacted by email: info@centraleducational.co.uk    or by phone on 020 7515-1797. Please ask for Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist.

Central Educational Supplies Ltd., PO Box 999, London E14 6SH

Learning to type is no longer an option, it’s essential.

Learning to type is now an essential skill for today’s school pupils.  With the use of computers in schools increasing and computer-based exams an inevitability waiting to happen, typing is a skill that should no longer be overlooked.

By learning to touch type, your pupils will be able to work much more quickly and accurately whilst increasing their ability to focus on the subject matter rather than the mechanics of using the keyboard.  And by keeping their eyes firmly on their computer screen when they type, they will avoid damaging long-term neck and upper back injuries caused by constantly looking down at the keyboard.

With ‘Typequick for Students’ and its sister program ‘Typequick Professional’ for older children, at Type&Test Ltd we offer highly effective and engaging ‘cloud-based’ touch-typing training available to all your pupils, anytime, anywhere.

Containing up to 60 hours of content, your pupils will never run out of fresh practice material.  With our easy-to-use and comprehensive progress tracking software, included with every order, you will be able to monitor their progress whether they use the course at home or in school.

Our Annual Licence scheme is amazingly cost-effective.  For as little as 50p per head (that’s less than 1p per hour!), or even less for our unlimited user licence, each of your pupils can have access to their own personalised course for up to a year.

For more information, email enquiries@typeandtest.com using the subject line ‘annual licence’ and we will send you a link to our electronic brochure.  Or call 01480 861867, or visit www.typeandtest.com.  To make an enquiry via our web site, click here.

Choosing the best chair for the IT department can be easier than you might think …….

Postura+Plus+IT+chair-

The Postura Plus IT chair comes from the same “family” as the widely acclaimed Postura Plus four leg classroom chair…in fact the seat and back (usually known as the shell), is exactly the same. Designed to provide excellent lumbar support as well as comfort, the Postura Plus IT chair has a FIVE year warranty and is available with either castors or glides. Depending on which option you choose the seat height range is: 358-468 mm (glides) or 383-493 mm (castors).

There’s a great range of 15 different colours to choose from…..ideal if you are looking to match with new décor or for multiple rooms in your IT suite.

The Postura Plus IT chair is available from Central Educational Supplies at very competitive prices. Full details are on their website:

www.centraleducational.co.uk/it-postura.html

Should you need more information or wish to order please call 020 7515 1797 and ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist. email: info@centraleducational.co.uk

PS. As you are probably aware, delivery lead times are longer in the summer period so please consider ordering sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment at the start of the Autumn term.

How can schools deliver a manageable computing journey at Key Stage 3 when there are so many free tools to use?

In the run up to the launch of the new computing curriculum, as well as after it was phased in, there was a collective intake of breath from teachers up and down the country as they absorbed what it all meant.

For many teachers the notion of writing and debugging programs or explaining simple algorithms was well beyond their every-day experience and certainly not in their training.

Thankfully at the time there was already a string of free web based tools out there to use and a couple of these have proved really successful like Scratch, Kodu & Minecraft.

With all the free tools that some school enthusiasts started to champion it soon became apparent that while they were free there was little if any support or influence on how products developed – how could there be if the tool was free?

The result for some schools has been a bird’s nest of logins for different tools, varying user interfaces, unreliable work saving and patchy levels of school service.  Factors like these undermine teacher confidence who just want it to work.  Schools love saving money but when the cost is not having a reliable learning environment then its surely too high.

The mission at Blippit has been to get key elements of the computing curriculum under one roof and to help develop curious learners through authentic learning – even to the point of publishing project apps made with our App Maker (with the teacher’s approval) on our free app store, Planet Blippit.

Blippit IO, through its powerful and open-ended tools, give teachers the control they need to deliver a tailor made curriculum for their school while not compromising on promoting computational thinking, logical reasoning and (unexpectedly) writing in the wider curriculum.

To try Blippit IO for your school just visit us here and if you decide that Blippit IO would extend and serve your schools’ computing curriculum needs you can upgrade here.  If you find that your school has been registered already, or are given a message that suggests this just contact us & we’ll sort it out for you.

If you have any questions or queries about Blippit IO please do call 01772 657 100 or email support@blippit.co.uk

John Bidder

Save hours of your valuable time, boost your productivity and reduce stress.

These days you probably find yourself spending more and more time at the computer, answering emails, producing typed documents for various purposes and exploring the internet.  It seems that most teachers now use a keyboard more often than a pen.

Yet, like many UK employees, the majority of teachers have never learned to type properly.  Do you struggle along, prodding away with just two fingers and with your head down?  If so, you will be typing at only about half your potential speed and probably with low levels of accuracy.

With such heavy workloads, wasting valuable time through poor typing skills is inefficient and costly and increases stress.

Type&Test are the UK’s leading specialists in touch-typing training and assessment.  Our online learning programmes are the only ones recommended by Awarding Bodies such as the BCS and the SQA, having been used over the past nine years to prepare learners of all ages for national typing qualifications.

Our unique ‘Type Faster, Work Smarter’ course is guaranteed to significantly increase your typing speed whilst maintaining or improving your accuracy.  The outcome will be that you will increase your output, gain more time, work more productively and reduce your levels of work-related pressure.

Involving a structured interactive online programme, with support from an experienced Type&Test tutor who will communicate with you regularly via email, messaging and skype, you will gain invaluable touch-typing skills through short regular practice sessions which you will complete at times that fit around your busy working day.  After just a few weeks – around the length of a school term – we guarantee that your typing skills will improve significantly or we will refund your course fee in full.

For more information please email enquiries@typeandtest.com with the subject line ‘Type Faster, Work Smarter’ and we will email you our programme flier.  Click here for information from our website.  Or if you want to have a chat about it with no obligation then call Andy Stevenson on 01480 861867.

How can schools create a manageable computing journey at Key Stage 2 when there are so many free tools to use?

In the run up to the launch of the new computing curriculum, as well as after it was phased in, there was a collective intake of breath from teachers up and down the country as they absorbed what it all meant.

For many teachers the notion of writing and debugging programs or explaining simple algorithms was well beyond their every-day experience and certainly not in their training.

Fortunately at the time there was already a string of free web based tools out there to use and a couple of these have proved really successful like Scratch from MIT & Daisy the Dinosaur.

Thankfully, it also seems sometimes that many children tend to be a little more fearless with technology – a strength when it comes to Computing!

With all the free tools that some school enthusiasts started to champion it soon became apparent that while they were free there was little if any support or influence on how products developed – how could there be if the tool was free?

The result for some schools has been a bird’s nest of logins for different tools, varying user interfaces, unreliable work saving and patchy levels of school service. Factors like these undermine teacher confidence who just want it to work. Schools love saving money but when the cost is not having a reliable learning environment then its surely too high.

The mission at Blippit has been to get key elements of the computing curriculum under one roof and to help develop curious learners through authentic learning – even to the point of publishing apps (with the teacher’s approval) on our free app store, Planet Blippit.

Blippit IO, through its powerfully simple tools, opens the door to computational thinking, logical reasoning and unexpectedly – writing.  You can use our templates or just create your own.

To try Blippit IO for your school just visit us here and if you decide that Blippit IO would serve your schools needs you can upgrade here.

If you have any questions or queries about Blippit IO please do call 01772 657 100 or email support@blippit.co.uk  John Bidder

New Anti-extremism and Human Rights Classroom Software

Free Full Version 14-day trial

Schools and academies are now required to ensure pupils are aware of the risks associated with radicalisation and extremism.

Our new Anti-extremism and human rights classroom software delivers the topic sensitively using stunning 3D animation, professional voice-over and subject specific interactive exercises, quizzes and games. 

All delivered in a controlled environment, avoiding potentially unsafe web searches!

If (and only if!) after your 14 day trial you would like to keep the software, it’s just £199 (rrp £250) for a whole school/academy site licence over a network or on unlimited PCs/Whiteboards. Technical support, should you need, it is free.

The software arrives on DVD. Just follow the simple installer wizard and you will be ready to use the software in your classroom within minutes

To request a free 14 day trial please CLICK HERE

The complete online touch-typing training service for schools

A survey conducted by the Chartered Institute for IT a few years ago revealed that most schools – over 80% – thought that it was important to teach children how to touch type.  Yet the survey revealed that only around 15% of schools actually did so.

The same survey showed that, on average, secondary school children were using a computer for around 3 hours every school day.

Today, computers are being used in schools even more often, and with computer-based exams an inevitability waiting to happen, typing skills have never been more important.

By learning to touch type, your pupils will be able to work much more quickly and accurately whilst increasing their ability to focus on the subject matter rather than the mechanics of using the keyboard.  And by keeping their eyes firmly on their computer screen when they type, they will avoid damaging long-term neck and upper back injuries caused by constantly looking down at the keyboard.

So why do so many schools steer clear of offering any touch-typing training for their pupils?

At Type&Test, typing training is our business.  We speak to many schools and most say that whilst they recognise that learning to type is important and beneficial, they don’t have the timetable space or the teaching resources for it. And of course it is not presently included in the National Curriculum.

So to help, we have decided to offer schools a complete solution that handles everything for them.

Called ‘Total Typequick’ it provides a total service, all delivered remotely, including the enrolment of pupils, through to the monitoring of progress, handling of queries and the final completion of assessments leading to the award of a certificate customised for your school.

We’ll provide you regular reports on progress, and you will have access to the progress tracking software that is included if you want to see how things are going for yourself.  Otherwise there is nothing for the school to do other than to encourage pupils to use the course as often as possible, at home or in spare time at school.

For more information, email enquiries@typeandtest.com using the subject line ‘Total Typequick’ and we will send you a link to our electronic brochure and our Price List.  Or call 01480 861867, or visit www.typeandtest.com.  To make an enquiry via our web site, click here.

 

Understanding the issue of extremism and the PREVENT Duty in schools

The internet brings marvellous opportunities to children and young people with the ability to learn new skills and visit websites which engage and enrich their lives.

However, the internet also brings dangers such as online predators, who will try and contact children through websites and software applications.

The new resources available from E-safety Support will guide pupils, parents and teachers through the topic, helping identify the issue of online radicalisation and giving suggestions on how to protect against the threat of online extremism.

The resources were developed by Tim Pinto, member of the Educational Advisory Board for CEOP and experienced educational e-safety consultant.

 

Extremism Resources
Currently Available

     √ Assembly for pupils

√ Guidance for parents

√ Training for staff

 

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E-safety Support for Schools E-safety Support offers schools a suite of resources to help keep pupils and staff safe online. These include:

  • Resources for students – including lesson plans and assembly plans
  • Guidance for teachers – special reports, regular articles and advice on e-safety issues
  • Tools for school management – including policy templates, training, parent support and audit tools

If you are interested in finding out more, join our free membership service for a selection of assembly plans including a teacher script and presentation, special e-safety reports for you and your colleagues, a news and information widget that could be added to your school website and regular e-safety bulletins.

 

What is e-safety? Free Doddle quiz!

With Internet Safety Day taking place this week, now is the perfect opportunity to check that your students know how to stay safe online with our free quiz!

Do your students know what personal information should not be shared? Can they identify cyberbullying? Do they understand how to keep a computer safe? Using fill-the-gap and multiple-choice questions, each followed by a formative recap slide, this quiz will ensure that your students have a secure understanding of e-safety.

Try out the free quiz on our Doddle ICT & Computing page!

Consisting of hundreds of engaging resources to keep your students interested in key topics, both in class and at home, Doddle has everything you need to encourage your students to take an active, independent role in their learning. Book a free in-school visit and one of our Educational Consultants will give you a full tour of Doddle’s features!

Alice

Benchmark’s LOtC newsletter: Turning your classroom inside out

We recently set up a Facebook and Twitter page to accumulate a vast amount of Learning Outside the Classroom research, news, free resources, locations, ideas and transport solutions to make implementing LOtC easier for everyone.

Below is just an example of some of the LOtC items that we have shared with our Facebook and Twitter followers thus far.

Research and News

School field trips ‘help students engage with subjects’ (BBC)

What are Ofsted rather keen on? (Benchmark)

Learning-outside-the-classroom benefits report (Benchmark)

The joys of learning outside the classroom (SEN Magazine)

Children need more geography field trips says Michael Palin (The Telegraph)

How a school turned around its GCSE results by taking learning outdoors (TES)

We need fewer exams and more wilderness in education (The Guardian)

Free LOtC Resources

Educational talks for your class – www.thelondonbridgeexperience.com/groups

Educational resources and services – www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/

Teacher packs and worksheets – www.haynesmotormuseum.com/home/discover-learn.php

Workshops – www.abingdon.gov.uk/museum/schools

Free LOtC resources from Woodland Trust and The Pod

School trip locations and ideas

BECKs Training – outdoor activities and leadership and team building programs.

Woodland Ways – offers in depth instruction in Bushcraft & Survival Skills

The Muckleburgh Military Collection – the largest privately owned military Museum in the UK

Field Trip to the Apple Store – Inspiring collaboration and creativity

For more Learning Outside the Classroom locations, ideas, free resources, research, news, and school transport solutions, follow us on Twitter @MinibusLeasing or like our Facebook page – Benchmark Minibus.

For more information about Benchmark Leasing you can go to our website, call us on 01753 859944, or email minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk.

Benchmark Leasing Ltd
11 High Street
Eton
Berkshire
SL4 6AS

www.minibusleasing.co.uk/school-minibus.php

minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk

Tel: 01753 859944

Solidworks Projects for KS3 and KS4

This resource will enable pupils to become familiar and competent at using ‘SolidWorks’ CAD software.

They will use CAD (Solidworks) to develop their designs solution and be aware of the many advantages and dis-advantages that such software has in the real world.

This book contains a number of projects suitable for Key Stage 3 and as a revision guide for pupils in Key stage 4. It allows pupils to quickly get up to speed with using such a complex piece of software and, most importantly, allows them to become competent in designing better products.

Pupils will become familiar with the range of sketch tools and features available. They will be shown step by step how to build a Frisbee, Lego Block, Memory pen, IPOD Nano and a Digital camera. They will also be shown how to assemble parts step-by-step.

The resource also includes two further projects to extend your pupils’ skills – building a Die and a Child’s Stacking Toy. After completing all seven projects they should be able to create something by themselves using the skills they have learnt from the book.

Solidworks Projects for KS3 and KS4 is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want.  You can also put it on your school learning platform so all members of your department can access the document.  YOu can view sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/T1781samples.pdf

You can obtain Solidworks Projects for KS3 and KS4 by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=76_114&products_id=754

The price is £10 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

Solidworks Projects for KS3 and KS4 is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group.  If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

The full range of First and Best books can be seen at www.shop.firstandbest.co.uk

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If we want to encourage student reading, we need to offer them a way of reading in keeping with their daily lives.

According to Android, the creators of the mobile phone system that most people use, the average person checks their mobile phone nine times an hour.

Of course statistics like these are always dubious, but given that the figure came from data collected by Android directly from users, it is probably near the truth.

It is a figure that adds weight to the notion that there are a lot of young people for whom the mobile has become the centre point of life.

All of which points to the fact that if one is trying to encourage secondary school pupils and students to do something, if the task can be related to their phone, they are more likely to do it, because the phone is so central to their lives.

Thus if we take the notion of reading, if the student can read a book on the phone, there is an ever greater chance that it will be read.

This is a key reason as to why ePlatform has become so popular with schools.  For students, it is like having the library in their hand, available 24 hours a day.

ePlatform offers more than 350,000 titles including the latest UK and international best sellers and Collection Builder compilations (lists of most borrowed titles in schools like yours) for easy collection development.

In short ePlatform puts reading into the heart of students lives, making books instantly available, as those born since the digital revolution expect.

There are also many additional features to make reading easier for those with dyslexia and other reading challenges.  Students can vary the font, background colour, look up the meaning of unfamiliar words and use internet links to learn more.

ePlatform is also the most affordable eLending solution on the market, so you can spend more of your budget on eBooks, not hosting.

Of course being digital it also means that there is no question of damage to books, no loss of books, no concern about unreturned books.  Everything is set to encourage students to read more.

The easiest way to explore this development which is changing students’ perception of libraries and reading is to book a personal webinar demonstration either:

●       By phone on 07971 661782
●       By email on: Rachel@eplatform.co
●       Or by visiting www.eplatform.co

Rachel Lindsay
ePlatform Business Development Manager, UK

Some charging lockers are more suitable for use in secondary schools than others.

Not all charging lockers are suitable for all situations, and there’s no doubt that secondary schools do have very particular requirements when it comes to such equipment.

Which is why we will be at the BETT Show in January at Excel London, on Stand G419, so that if you are at the Show you’ll be able to see exactly what I mean.  (More details at the end of this email.)

But, of course, I appreciate not everyone can get to the show, so I’ll explain further.

Charging lockers such as our LapLockers and BeSmart Lockers have been designed with schools in mind to include safety, security, and accessibility features that resolve the problems that you may well have to consider when it comes to charging and storing the school’s laptops.

And, of course, safety is always a top priority. Which is why our LapLockers have a multiplicity of safety features that go way beyond the legal requirements for charging lockers used in the workplace.

Indeed, these safety features aren’t just limited to electrical safety – our LapLockers, for example, are coated in anti-bacterial powder to reduce the spread of bacteria that populate the typical school setting.

What’s more, given that 43% of school crimes are thefts, our LapLockers have been designed to be particularly robust (with an all steel construction) to reduce the likelihood of your school falling victim to a break in.

The single doors feature a 3 point locking system as standard, and on some models we also have individual locking doors which make the task of stealing multiple laptops ever more challenging and time-consuming – exactly what thieves don’t want.

We also have a choice of locks, including combination locks, digital locks, and key locks – so you can decide which lock is more likely to prevent unauthorised access in the school day.  You can choose lockers that are unlocked with a wristband or with any one of a variety of types of access card, depending on the security level you need.

You can review all the details and see pictures of our LapLockers by visiting the following links – LapLocker8, LapLocker10 and LapLocker15. And you can review all the details and see pictures of our BeSmart Lockers here.

If you have any questions, please do call 01628 666 775 or email me at sales@nuwco.com    And there is more on the Bett Show here. 

Ashley Hutton

Online keyboard skills development from the UK’s leading specialists

What provision is your school making for improving your pupils’ keyboard skills?

I expect that, if your school is like most others, you now require your pupils to use a computer for their school work more than ever before.  By learning fast and accurate keyboard skills, pupils work quicker, more confidently and are able to focus more on learning than on text production.  And if pupils are able to type their assignments, their work is more legible for teachers who have to mark them.

Meanwhile, Ofqual has already been making noises about the future computerisation of exams.  When the inevitable happens, and all or most exams are computer based, will your pupils be ready?

As a leading specialist in online keyboard skills training in schools, we can help you.  We have a range of schemes for schools to meet every requirement and every budget – even if you don’t have one!

Our courseware resides in the cloud (i.e., it is Internet based) which means that there is no software to install.  Pupils can use it on any computer with a broadband connection, 24/7, so there is no need to steal time from the school timetable.

All pupils’ progress is tracked, so you can monitor success rates as and when you wish.  And our online service is completely secure – there are no distracting pop-up advertisements and no cookies or other incursions to infiltrate your computers.

Our options include:-

  • A ‘Pay-by-User’ scheme for small numbers of pupils from £6 per head;
  • Annual licence schemes for larger numbers of pupils from just £195 per year;
  • An income generation scheme, ideal if a budget is not available;
  • Electronic typing assessments with customised and personalised certificate;
  • Our ‘total’ service, where we manage and deliver everything for you remotely, from just £595 per year.

We even have a professional course for teachers with the option of online personal tutoring.

Would you like to know more?  If so, please email us with a very brief description of your interest and we will send you a link to our electronic Schools’ Brochure and our Price List.  We would be very glad to hear from you, whether you need keyboard skills training for 1 pupil, or 1001!

Type&Test Ltd
PO Box 479
Huntingdon
PE28 0LJ
01480 861867

www.typeandtest.com

Online keyboard skills development from the UK’s leading specialists

Online keyboard skills development from the UK’s leading specialists

What provision is your school making for improving your pupils’ keyboard skills?

I expect that, if your school is like most others, you now require your pupils to use a computer for their school work more than ever before.  By learning fast and accurate keyboard skills, pupils work quicker, more confidently and are able to focus more on learning than on text production.  And if pupils are able to type their assignments, their work is more legible for teachers who have to mark them.

Meanwhile, Ofqual has already been making noises about the future computerisation of exams.  When the inevitable happens, and all or most exams are computer based, will your pupils be ready?

As a leading specialist in online keyboard skills training in schools, we can help you.  We have a range of schemes for schools to meet every requirement and every budget – even if you don’t have one!

Our courseware resides in the cloud (i.e., it is Internet based) which means that there is no software to install.  Pupils can use it on any computer with a broadband connection, 24/7, so there is no need to steal time from the school timetable.

All pupils’ progress is tracked, so you can monitor success rates as and when you wish.  And our online service is completely secure – there are no distracting pop-up advertisements and no cookies or other incursions to infiltrate your computers.

Our options include:-

  • A ‘Pay-by-User’ scheme for small numbers of pupils from £6 per head;
  • Annual licence schemes for larger numbers of pupils from just £195 per year;
  • An income generation scheme, ideal if a budget is not available;
  • Electronic typing assessments with customised and personalised certificate;
  • Our ‘total’ service, where we manage and deliver everything for you remotely, from just £595 per year.

We even have a professional course for teachers with the option of online personal tutoring.

Would you like to know more?  If so, please email us with a very brief description of your interest and we will send you a link to our electronic Schools’ Brochure and our Price List.  We would be very glad to hear from you, whether you need keyboard skills training for 1 pupil, or 1001!

Type&Test Ltd
PO Box 479
Huntingdon
PE28 0LJ
01480 861867

www.typeandtest.com

Improving the safety and security of your university’s devices

What is the most effective way of improving the safety and security of the laptops, Chromebooks, iPads,
or tablets in your university?

An increasing number of ICT Technicians are finding that by using a plastic charging trolley to house their university’s laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, or tablets, they are better able to guarantee that they are safe and secure.

The ABS charging trolley supplied by NUWCO has a secure locking system, making it difficult for anyone to access it to steal the devices stored inside.

Therefore the difficulty of breaking into the trolley, or even attempting to steal the trolley itself, is a strong deterrent for any potential thief.

In terms of safety, the trolley’s plastic shell (which is, of course, non-conductive) will ensure that electrical faults are isolated at once, so reducing the risk of a student or colleague coming to any harm.

And the plastic construction means that the trolley is 70% lighter than a traditional metal charging trolley, making it much easier to move around and less likely to cause any injury when it is being wheeled from one location to another.

Furthermore, it is also better for the environment as the built-in Power Management system features an energy-saving timer module which will help to reduce your university’s carbon footprint.

Not to mention that the trolley is 100% recyclable.

To review all the details and see the pictures please visit our site at www.nuwco.com

Just choose the device that you think is right for your university, click on that trolley, and you will be able to see a full description, including the dimensions. You will also be able to download the product specification and device compatibility sheet – in fact, everything you need to know.

But if you do have any questions, please do call 01628 666 775 or email me at sales@nuwco.com  

Ashley Hutton

Schools are saving money by using eco-friendly technology

Eco-friendly technology that will reduce your school’s carbon footprint and running costs.

The attitude that “for something to be eco-friendly it must be expensive” has become somewhat out-dated – particularly when we consider the advances in eco-friendly technologies over the last decade or so.

In fact, in the modern world eco-friendly technologies are typically much more cost-effective. And eco-friendly charging trolleys for the laptops, Chromebooks, iPads or tablets in your school are no exception to this.

The Power Management system, which is built in to the ABS charging trolleys supplied by NUWCO, features an energy-saving timer module which will help to reduce both your school’s carbon footprint and your school’s running costs.

And to further save your school money, the timer can be set to charge your school’s devices at the time when electricity is at its cheapest, including in the evenings and at the weekends.

What’s more, in the event of a computer or the mains having an electrical fault, the Power Management System and the charging trolley’s plastic shell will ensure that the fault is isolated at once.

Our plastic charging trolley, which is 100% recyclable, also has the added benefit of it being 70% lighter than a traditional metal charging trolley which will of course make the process of moving the trolley around much easier.

To review all the details and see the pictures please visit our site at www.nuwco.com.

Just choose the device that you think is right for you, click on that trolley, and you will be able to see a full description, including the dimensions. You will also be able to download the product specification and device compatibility sheet – in fact, everything you need to know.

If you have any questions please do call 01628 666 775 or email me at sales@nuwco.com

Ashley Hutton

The benefits arising from improved typing skills

Students who can touch-type will deliver more accurate, better presented and easier to read work. That will save you and your teaching colleagues’ considerable time in deciphering and marking badly written scripts.

Meanwhile, Ofqual has publicly stated that online exams should replace pen and paper for today’s students. The major awarding bodies have already welcomed this view. When the inevitable happens, students who can type accurately at speed will perform better in tests.

So to improve the keyboard skills of your pupils so that they can type quickly, accurately, effortlessly and safely, then look no further than Type&Test Ltd, the UK’s leading specialists in online touch-typing training and assessment.

Whatever your budget for this activity – or even if you don’t have one – we have a solution for you!  Our range of options even includes an income generation scheme.

Simply click here to reply to this email using the subject line ‘Improved typing skills’ and we will email you a link to our Schools Brochure.

Kind regards

Andy Stevenson
Director
Type&Test Ltd
01480 861867
www.typeandtest.com

Cyber Safety Statement Posters

Covers:

1. Realising that people you have met online are strangers
2. Meeting people you have met online in person
3. Handing out or uploading  personal details
4. Uploading or sending pictures
5. Threatening messages
6. Sharing passwords
7. Downloading spyware or viruses

The pack includes: 5 copies of A3 laminated Cyber Safety Statement poster and a FREE CD Rom which contains printable A4 copies of the poster which can be handed out to each student to sign and keep.

Suitable for all ages.

CYBER SAFETY STATEMENT Ref:505HH Pack of 5 £25.00+VAT

CYBER SAFETY STATEMENT Ref:505-1HH Pack of 10 £45.00+VAT

CYBER SAFETY STATEMENT Ref:505-2HH Pack of 15 £65.00+VAT

To order and see a sample of the poster please visit the link below;
http://www.smlworld.co.uk/store/p137/Cyber_Safety_Statement_Posters_.html

Post: Small World, 9 Burnham Place, Syresham, Northants, NN13 5HT
Tel: 01280 850 305
Fax: 01280 830022

Email: orders@smlworld.co.uk

To obtain a 5% discount on your order, please quote HH14 on your purchase order form or add the discount code whilst purchasing online.

Free Trial Offer – Interactive English Software

An Interactive ENGLISH Software Free Trial Offer,
At An Unmissable Price. No School Should Miss Out On This. It Is Simply Unbelievable!

This offer for ALL 13 titles is packed with hundreds of stunning curriculum 3D animations describing difficult to understand concepts for ENGLISH, text, voice-overs, quiz zones, drag and drops, multiple choice quizzes and more.

Includes a full school site PC and network licence, nothing more to pay EVER! Free 14-day trial , so if you don’t like it you can just send it back. All 13 of these individual great titles are included in the pack for just £150 for everything:

Analyse, Review, Comment; Argue, Persuade, Advise; Explore, Imagine, Entertain; Inform, Explain, Describe; Laying The Foundations For Writing; Linguistic Frameworks – Grammar; Moving On In Writing; Responding To Fiction; Responding To Media; Responding To Non-Fiction; Responding To Shakespeare; Speaking And Listening; Writing With Understanding And Accuracy

It’s just £150 for all 13 of these software titles in
one pack!

Now isn’t that truly staggering value for money for all these titles from the UK’s leading curriculum software supplier? Let’s beat the cuts!

To order your free trial please click here

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Have you got enough exam desks
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Have you got enough exam desks?

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Central Educational Supplies Ltd., PO Box 999, London E14 6SH

Tel: 020 7515 1797
Fax: 020 7515 4420
Email: signpost@talk21.com

It’s not too long before the exam season when sometimes there may be a bit of panic in the air …. and not just for students facing their GCSE or A level exams!

Judging by the comments we’ve had from staff over the years, it seems that “the powers that be” in their school or college suddenly decide they need some new exam desks…. and they want them yesterday!

If you’re faced with such a situation (or even if you don’t have such a tight deadline) then why not give us a call (tel: 020 7515 1797) or visit our website to see how we might be able to help.

We can supply folding , cantilever or “zimmer” style desks from only £15.95 ex vat, as well as transporters for folding desks. We can often supply exam desks at short notice although it’s always easier if we have a few weeks notice!

PS. If you’re also in the market for new classroom tables and chairs you may find what you need on our website…… or why not call us to discuss?

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Efficiencies that save £1000s a year.

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School of Education Administration, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH

Email: prospectus@admin.org.uk
Phone: 01536 399 007
Fax: 01536 399 012

When the School of Education Administration launched its School Efficiency courses no one quite knew which efficiencies schools would report.

But now we’ve seen it in action, and the savings schools are making are really extraordinary.

Among the most dramatic savings being achieved through efficiencies are those made to school meals arrangements, the way photocopying is organised, IT provision, school cleaning contracts and the movement to an automated text system.

The next 10 week Certificate in School Efficiency course (taught by distance learning) closes its intake of students on 11th May. The course commences on 21st May. It costs £249 plus VAT.

The next one year Diploma in School Efficiency course will also close its intake of students on 11th May with the course commencing on 21st May 2012.

There are still some places available on both courses.

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Old Computer Equipment Recycling Service

www.prmgreentech.com
PRM Green Technologies Ltd, 19 Kimberley Business Park, Kimberley Way, Brereton, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1RE

Email via form at www.prmgreentech.com/contact.htm
Phone: 0800 840 9195

We collect redundant computer equipment (PC base units, CRT monitors, TFT monitors, servers, laptops, server racks, switches, telecom switches and printers) for recycling, ensuring all data is removed and adherence to the WEEE directive by offering industry leading environmental practices.