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Issue 0.27

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News Update: May

1. Skype initiative announces new partnerships 2. Teachers warned to keep up with pupils’ IT skills 3. Free ‘film’ teaching resources for schools launched 4. Virtual Childminding Café

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24/05/2012
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New Products Update: May

1. Acer TravelMate 5760 2. Huawei MediaPad S7 Android tablet 3. Sony Reader PRS-T1 e-book reader 4. Toshiba Portege Z830 ultrabook

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24/05/2012
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Good Leasing Practice

Last month, the entire governing board at a primary school in Suffolk was facing the sack over a bill for £500,000 for what the head thought were “free” laptops. To avoid being ripped off, what points should a school consider when leasing technology? Here, we discuss the crucial points to look out for.

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24/05/2012
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Improving communications with hard-to-reach parents

90% of pupils at Featherstone High School speak English as a foreign language and many parents speak little or no English. However, the school has a great relationship with parents which has resulted in exceptional results and an ‘outstanding’ OFSTED rating in 2007. Neil Bradford, Deputy Head at Featherstone High, discusses the use of technology to improve communications and engage hard-to-reach parents.

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24/05/2012
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Teaching Religious Education with ICT

Religion continues to have a huge influence on society whether people happen to be religious or not - in literature, art, architecture, government, terrorism and all-out war. In April, MPs set up a new group to safeguard the teaching of Religious Education to pupils in England because the all-party parliamentary group wants the subject to be treated as a priority. Religious Education and Technology might not be obvious bedfellows, but the tools to help students experience a myriad of worldviews are just a few clicks away, according to Bob Ayres, Education Writer at TrueTube and ex-RE teacher...

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24/05/2012
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Get smart, not big

Paul Donovan, UK Country Manager at Netgear considers the attitudes of teachers towards using technology in the classroom based on a recent survey. In particular, the benefits of using social media in class for collaboration vs the potential distractions, the delays which can be caused to lessons by slow networks, and the role of smartphones/iPads in learning.

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24/05/2012
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Independent Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection

MPs have called for tighter filters to prevent children seeing unsuitable content online following a cross-party parliamentary inquiry into the issue which has concluded that the government and Internet service providers (ISPs) need to do more.

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24/05/2012
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Mobile ICT Security in Education

This research shows that 45 per cent of education establishments had mobile devices, such as laptops, netbooks, MP3 players, tablets and gaming devices, stolen between 2009 and 2011.

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24/05/2012
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