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Issue 0.51

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25/03/2015
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ELU 51 News Update

ICT is the most important subject for modern kids; Computing becomes a favourite school subject; Third of parents confident that websites support curriculum; and more

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Report Summary: Children's early literacy practices at home and in early years settings

Tablets and touch-screen technology could be vital to engaging new readers from key groups of young children where literacy is a concern. This report outlines findings from Pearson and the National Literacy Trust’s second annual early years literacy survey, conducted in May to July 2014.

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25/03/2015
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Report Summary: Make or break: The UK's digital future

This report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills is the outcome of a six-month enquiry into competitiveness and skills in the UK, specifically looking at how ready the UK workforce is for the rapidly changing digital workplace.

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25/03/2015
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Teaching coding with tablets (Includes training video)

Many teachers of young children are shunning desktop computers in favour of the more intuitive touch-screen tablets. Not all coding platforms are suitable for tablets however, so what are the options? In his latest training video and accompanying article, Chris Thomas explores three free iPad apps suitable for teaching programming in key stages 1 and 2.

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25/03/2015
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Cognitive health and brain training games

The last few years have seen a significant surge in consumer demand for cognitive or “braintraining” games as individuals begin to realise the value of exercising their brains. While schools already use ICT widely as an engaging way of teaching traditional subjects, they too are beginning to examine the significant and wide-ranging potential benefits that braintraining programmes can have.

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25/03/2015
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Are 'push notifications' taking over from text messages?

Research shows the volume of ‘old-fashioned’ texts sent last year is estimated to have fallen by 7 billion. The same report claims that 160 billion instant messages were sent in Britain last year, outstripping the number of texts for the first time. With this decline in text message usage across the UK, it seems ‘push notifications’ are quickly taking the place of other alert systems that have fallen behind the technology curve, cost too much and are harder to use…

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25/03/2015
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App creation across the curriculum

Denbigh High School in Luton has recently been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark for the third time. One of the many factors contributing to the school’s extensive use of technology across the curriculum has been the development of app creation as a key skill that pupils learn and apply in a ‘real world environment’.

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25/03/2015
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Ensuring child safety online

Computers are everywhere, and the march towards an ‘internet of everything’, where everyone and everything is connected, seems unstoppable. As well as having plenty of advantages, the internet also brings with it some danger for us all. Here, we look at some statistics in the wake of Safer Internet Day 2015…

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25/03/2015
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ELU 51 Technology Update - Flipped classroom apps

1. Knowmia Teach; 2. Educreations Interactive Whiteboard; 3. Panopto; 4. Tegrity; 5. Audioboo.

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25/03/2015
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