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BETT survey reveals remote learning as top priority for schools; Children disappointed but not downbeat about school ICT; Exam cheating by mobile technology; IT support grants available for pupils in need; Are you the brainiest school in Britain?; Teachers can win 20 Windows 7 netbooks for their school

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New products for e-Learning

New free tool to improve internet accessibility; Toshiba launches latest in mini Netbooks; Panasonic Introduces New IP Phone Systems; Noise activated warning sign for schools; Talking about cancer

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Transforming 14 - 19 Learning

Education is being reformed through various initiatives, and the Government’s flagship vocational qualification, the 14 – 19 diploma, is playing a key role in the process. Naturally the delivery model for diplomas must be flexible to allow for learning in a range of settings, however this affects ICT provision and many schools have not yet contemplated the sheer scope of such change. Steve Smith guides us through the key technological issues.

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Opening communication

It’s widely recognised that the more involved parents are in their child’s education, the better the pupil performs at school…

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Accessing technology beyond the classroom

The Home Access programme will ensure that all learners in state maintained education in England have access to a computer and the internet in their home. This article discusses the new initiative.

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11/02/2010
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Using text to engage with pupils

Technology is changing the way young people communicate with each other. Here, we look at real-life examples of how texting can be used positively in an educational environment.

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11/02/2010
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Technology in teaching: what are the key considerations?

As programmes such as Building Schools for the Future (BSF) make the move from theory to practice, there’s no doubt that for teachers, administrators and IT managers change is far-reaching and inevitable. However, there is no one-size-fits-all formula for the rate and scale of adopting technology in the education sector. Understanding the broader implications of using technology in education is key to determining the optimal level of this integration. Here, Andy Barnes looks at the key considerations required to make a successful start.

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11/02/2010
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Texters at School

Children who are heavy users of mobile phone text abbreviations such as LOL (laughing out loud), plz (please), l8ter (later) and xxx (kisses), are unlikely to be problem spellers and readers, this new study funded by the British Academy has found. In fact, the research, carried out on a sample of 8-12 year olds over an academic year, revealed that levels of “textism” use could even be used to predict reading ability and phonological awareness in each pupil by the end of the year.

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Engaging Families

The support and involvement of families can make a crucial difference to learners’ success. This Becta publication explains how technology at home or in a learning environment can help the whole family engage in learning and make a crucial difference to learners’ success.

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11/02/2010
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