And I thought –

I’d seen some brilliant Primary ICT facilities.

At the recent Naace Parental Engagement Thinktank I met Ophelia Vanderpuye from Oakington Manor Primary School. Ophelia explained the technology and the system management in her school – then invited me to visit her. Nothing was going to stop me.

In one day I had the chance to review technologies, ideas and look at different approaches for technical support. Result!

Have you got one of these in your playground?

wembley from station 

They have – look!

wembley from playground

The flue on the school building is not often shown on general shots of Wembley!

But look what else they have –

school suite

This suite is truly amazing – spacious working space for the children at each unit, these all in one PCs only use 35w, the room has natural air circulation – and how about this for a screen…

screen

Even with the pretty wide lens on my camera, I still couldn’t get it all.

It’s not an interactive whiteboard – you’d need to be a very flexible 11 footer to use it. But it is 3D.

Ophelia – this is her at Mission Control.

shes in charge

…gave me a pair of those funny glasses and blew my mind with a 3D human heart class!

To give justice to the impact of 3D in a blog post is a total non-starter.

What was equally valuable was the time that the school’s network staff spent with me, explaining the way they work and the facilities they have developed in this amazing school. Andrew and Gadi outlined the technologies in use across the school and in the suite. Very, very impressive!

As the use of (and dependence on) technology grows and grows within schools, it is clear that our business model and the way we work with schools must develop.

How do primary schools want ICT service companies (like ours) to develop with them?

NAACE 2010 Weds. Evening

Where to begin? 

We’re over half way through the conference and there have been some powerful, thought provoking, inspiring ideas and staggering presentations. 

In no particular order .. 

Only 8% of jobs available within the UK will be available to people with no IT skills. (Do you think these jobs will be at the top or bottom of the pay spectrum?)
Over half of IT workers work in sectors not called IT (So, industry and commerce is also embedding IT

NAACE pilots Certified ICT Professional Qualification – now looking for 40 victims initial candidates 

Martha Lane Fox (co-founder of lastminute.com)
10 million UK residents not on internet – of these 4 million are in the most disadvantaged sectors. These 4 million take up 80% of contacts with government organisations. If each of these people could make just 1 contact per month online, the savings to UK PLC could be £900 million per annum. 

e-skills
21st century students with teachers trained in the 20th century being stuck with 19th century assessment! 

Look Familiar?

What e-skills research has highlighted is that ICT teaching is at least 50% more important to the sustainable well being of the country than they first thought! 

Teachmeet was stunning ..
Want to see a year 1 blog?
Interested in visualisers?
joined up writing 

The Future 

“Let’s prepare our pupils for the future” – whose job is it to think of what the future will look like? Try beyondcurrenthorizons .org.uk 

It’s now cheaper to keep data than sort it and delete it – what does this really mean? In the future how much will we be recorded and manipulated?

Products

Do you want Microsoft Surface capabilities for less than £800 – if so let me know!

Scratch – this amazing freebie has got to be in every school soon! Staggering workshop by Miles Berry.

21st Century Teachers

 

BECTA have recently launched an interactive website and a ‘hard copy’ pdf showing how a ’21st Century Teacher’ explores and exploits technology for the benefit of learners, families, schools, colleagues and themself. (Grammar check – themselves? It is singular, teacher. Please help!).

21st century teachers use ICT to:

• deliver greater flexibility and choice of lessons and teaching techniques
• communicate information and concepts clearly with high quality lessons and resources
• make learning exciting and engaging for all learners
• provide adaptive solutions for learners with special needs
• create a learning environment where learners feel safe and secure
• extend learning and work in partnership with parents, families and the community

The document is 21st_century_teacher