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Issue ELT.7

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Online organisation

“The dog ate my homework” - “I was ill that week.” Dr Andrew King bought the schools’ intranet ‘Studywiz’ so that he would never have to hear a disorganised student’s excuses again!

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19/07/2009
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Classroom games

Even the most disaffected kids love playing classroom computer games. But it’s not just good fun - games improve classroom motivation and attainment, says Adrian Hall.

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19/07/2009
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Top ten new modern foreign language software products

Foreign languages will become compulsory in primary schools in 2010, and many teachers are feeling left behind! e-learning Today has trawled the net for the top ten MFL software products for primary and secondary teachers.

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19/07/2009
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Teaching the World

Classroom walls are being knocked down in American colleges as students learn from home. Russ Colbert and Christianne Orto explore the many uses of Polycom conferencing software.

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19/07/2009
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e-make overs

Crossely Heath School’s VLE was creaking with old age - when staff and students collaborated to transform it into a community hotspot using the frog learning platform. Jonathan Lees reports.

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19/07/2009
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Schools without walls

Adults often joke that their teachers couldn’t work the VCR - but the new generation of teachers is totally IT literate! Stephen Smith explores how teachers are using Tandberg videoconferencing to change the traditional classroom.

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19/07/2009
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Learning on the go

Sick children, looked-after children and school-age mums are a constant worry for classroom teachers - how can you make sure they are learning everything they need? Paul Le Fevre explains how FLESS - the Flexible Learning Educational Support Service - means no East Sussex child ever has to miss a lesson.

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19/07/2009
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Parlez-vous IT?

Foreign language teaching will be compulsory in primary schools in 2010. Mark Stimpfig explains how ‘digital learning laboratories’ can show children the importance of a second language.

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19/07/2009
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Boosting reading with a box

With so many kids glued to their computers and TVs, books need a new image to compete! Lesley Fisher explains how hand-held computers and reading software have boosted reading in her school.

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19/07/2009
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Parents and teachers: bridging the gap

Getting busy parents involved with teachers is harder than ever - which is why many schools are using technology to bridge the gap. Steve Smith explores the pros and cons of online reporting.

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19/07/2009
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Green dreams

Thin client network technology is environmentally friendly, efficient and user friendly, says Steven Wright.

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19/07/2009
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Bringing sports into the classroom (open access article)

If the ‘leaning a ladder against the wall’ example has failed to set your students’ passion for Pythagoras alight, show them how maths affects something they love - sport! Professor Adrian Oldknow explains how PE is being used to get students interested in maths and science in Hampshire.

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19/07/2009
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Small world

Forget pen pals - nowadays, the kids all want e-pals! Dave Wright explains how his North Wiltshire school’s intranet has allowed students to chat to Ghana and Peru.

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19/07/2009
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Centre of attention

All students need one-to-one tuition, but few teachers have the time. Software like Maths Whizz can fll the gap, says Richard Marett.

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19/07/2009
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Miss, it’s crashed!

Every teacher knows the nightmare of crashing computers, naughty downloads and paint-dry internet connections. Peter Airs shares practical tips that make IT sessions almost painless!

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20/07/2009
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Assessment for the digital generation

Assessment is being forced to change by the government’s ‘Assessing Pupil’s Progress (APP)’ strategy. Dr Sue Horner discusses how ICT can make skill-building fun.

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24/07/2009
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Top tips - surviving in a virtual learning environment

In the first in his 'tips for teachers' series, Teachers TV's self-confessed technophobe Simon Botten navigates the (seemingly) scary world of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs).

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24/07/2009
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Closing the digital divide

A scheme in Birmingham that aims to close the ‘digital divide’ - the gap between students who have home computer access and those who don’t - has been hugely successful, says Sue Hulme.

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24/07/2009
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Take the tears out of testing

Many teachers hate assessment, but it doesn’t have to be a drag. Jon Williamson and Dr. Marian Sainsbury explore how i-nfer plan, an e-assessment package, can make meeting government targets easy.

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24/07/2009
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Secret Surfers

'Shadow surfing', where children disable school web filters, is causing shocking levels of cyberbullying, adult downloads and computer viruses. Tom Newton explains how it’s done - and how to stop it.

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24/07/2009
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Fight ASDs with ICT!

Computers are an autistic child's dream friend - they have no ambiguities, they remember every detail and they only focus on one thing at a time! Amanda O’Neill and Marianne Beamish share how IT helps their students.

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24/07/2009
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Special Needs

The government is investing £45billion to rebuild nearly every secondary school in England. But are school managers considering disabled childrens’ ICT needs? John Liddle investigates.

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24/07/2009
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