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News Update: February

1. Schools wasting money on tablet devices that won't work properly 2. Campaigners demand schools teach internet safety 3. Schools set to save around £10m in new deal with Microsoft 4. Computer science to be part of Ebacc

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14/03/2013
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New Products Update: February

Asus VivoBook 2400E, Talking Touch Palette, SMART Table 442i, Nokia Lumia 620

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Learning through technology: Inspiring workplace success

This report by learndirect suggests general fear of technology and a lack of IT skills as major obstacles to effective training. Low confidence and a lack of awareness of technology-led training and the associated benefits are holding workforces back.

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ONS family spending survey

A new breakdown of Office of National Statistics (ONS) data by the E-Learning Foundation shows that children from the wealthiest homes all had internet and computer access, whilst more than a third of the poorest children do not have the internet at home and a similar number do not have a computer.

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Special measures to outstanding – the pathway to success

‘Truly comprehensive’ is the phrase headteacher Tony Ryan, uses to describe Chiswick School. While he is proud of the diversity of the intake, when he arrived at the school it was judged satisfactory by Ofsted and not so long before had narrowly avoided slipping into special measures. Today it is assessed to be good and on its way to being classed as ‘outstanding’ with a dynamic outward looking learning community. Tony Ryan explains how this has been achieved.

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14/03/2013
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The new computing curriculum for England

After months of anticipation, the new draft programmes of study for the new national curriculum for maintained primary schools in England has been published. It includes a plan to teach all school children in England basic programming and networking skills. Here we summarise the requirements and provide some practical tips on what to teach at Key Stage 1 and 2....

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14/03/2013
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Ruthin School gets technical with parental communication

Principal, Toby Belfield, explains how technology has boosted parental engagement at Ruthin School and allowed teachers to wave goodbye to parents’ evenings.

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14/03/2013
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The role of the Web in enhancing education for students with SEN

Mark McCusker, CEO of Texthelp Ltd, explains how, despite policy changes, the web is helping to optimise the quality of education for all students with SEN, whilst supporting access to assistive technologies.

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14/03/2013
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The Best of BETT 2013

Following its move to a new venue, BETT appears to have cemented its place as the world’s leading event for learning technology, with more than 35,000 visitors attending between 30 January and 2 February. The larger venue enabled the show’s expansion across the whole learning spectrum to include higher education (HE) and workplace learning; providing visitors with a classroom to boardroom approach to learning.

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