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Issue 0.03

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News Update: March

1. Funding shortfall prevents technology adoption in school. 2. Heritage Key launches virtual Stonehenge. 3. Serious Windows crash vulnerability that affects millions of PCs. 4. 30,000 teachers sign up for ERA. 5. East Ayrshire Council gains advanced web fltering. 6. Essex BSF programme gets immersive learning environment.

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16/03/2010
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Product Update: March

1. Gyration Air Mouse Elite. 2. Advanced CPD system for schools. 3. New A4 portable scanner. 4. Adobe Connect Pro Mobile for the iPhone and iPod touch. 5. Second Sight: augmented reality for the PSP.

Date:
18/03/2010
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Educating through a medium with appeal

Is ICT always used to its potential within today’s education environment? Mike Wilkinson explores how ICT can be utilised to maximise the learning journey of young people - and equip them with skills the will need for their future.

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18/03/2010
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Motivating teenage boys

White working class boys have been in the news a lot lately, often as a result of their relative underachievement at school in comparison with other groups. Can we effectively challenge this underachievement and how can technology help? Sue Ferris, a retired assistant head teacher and current education consultant, discusses the thorny issue of pupil motivation.

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18/03/2010
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Exploiting online information

How can we ensure that pupils are making the most of technology and online information? Randall Wilhelm, of netTrekker discusses how schools can make the most out of the abundance of available content across the internet, and goes on to highlight things to consider when choosing to support the specifc educational needs of each child.

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18/03/2010
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High profile crackdown on unauthorised absences

To make a difference to our youth’s education and ensure a successful future we need to prioritise a high profile crackdown on unauthorised absences nationwide. This article explores the issue of unauthorised absence and parental communication, and looks at Groupcall Messenger - a technology that helps keep children in school.

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18/03/2010
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Language learning in a virtual world (open access article)

The latest research from Ofcom suggests that in 2008, almost half of young people aged between 8 and 17 had a profile on a social networking site such as Facebook. Now enterprising teaching professionals are mimicking these social networking spaces to engage young people with learning languages.

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18/03/2010
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Mentoring in the 21st century

Will new technologies impact the quality and availability of teacher profession learning. Andrew Newell and Dr Shawn Edmonson discuss.

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18/03/2010
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The E-Skills manifesto

Major employers in the UK have set out their recommendations on how to e-skill the workforce to create sustainable economic growth. This e-skills Manifesto has been published by e-skills UK – the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology.

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18/03/2010
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Inspiring learners

Technology is now a central pillar of education and skills provision. Within the national curriculum, all learners must become familiar with a range of technologies and develop the necessary skills to use them safely and effectively in their everyday learning.

Date:
18/03/2010
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