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News Update: March

1. Social media is transforming education 2. Calls for an end to pen and paper tests 3. Shrewsbury College rolls out business intelligence software 4. Human rights group attacks mobile phone injustice 5. School girls with an aptitude for making Apps 6. All-in-one literacy support software

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22/03/2011
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Product Update: March

1. LG Optimus 3D smartphone 2. SMART Notebook 10.7 Features Enhance Collaboration 3. Samsung unveils new education-focussed IT product portfolio 4. Free VoIP / SIP phone for iPhone

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22/03/2011
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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.

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23/03/2011
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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.

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22/03/2011
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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.

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23/03/2011
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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.

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23/03/2011
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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.

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23/03/2011
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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.

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23/03/2011
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E-Learning Update March Issue

Download the complete E-Learning Update March issue here.

Date:
22/03/2011
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