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SEGfL Spring 2011 Newsletter
BROADBAND DRIVES EDUCATION CHANGE
By Chris Davison
South East Grid for Learning connected schools are benefiting from an increasing number of online resources, tools and curriculum initiatives. We showcase many of these within this edition and provide more detail on our website.
Videoconferencing has become dramatically easier to use over the National Education Network with the introduction of simple to use plugin software and evidence suggests an increasing number of teachers are realising its potential to make learning an exciting and stimulating experience. An ever growing number of national and local agencies are providing interactive opportunities for pupils to connect directly to experts alongside their resources.
LEADING-EDGE LANGUAGE LEARNING
By Helen Myers, Ashcombe School, Surrey
It is often said that the very best way of learning is to have a practical, ‘hands-on' experience your- self. Language teachers are always looking for ways to make pupils en- gage in using language, whether at the ‘practice' or ‘production' stage, in ways which are as compelling and as authentic as possible. The SEGfL supported 3D virtual world of Second Life, particularly Lingualand, offers enormous potential for this.
NEW ARRIVALS TOOL
By Chris Pim
When children are newly arrived in the UK, an essential part of the school induction process involves parent conferencing through the use of first language. Where no bilingual interpreter is available, schools have been experimenting with a new online tool from SEGfL that collates the critical back- ground information from the family and offers an instant confidential report.
Greg Hill, Director - SEGfL
Since 1990, schools and local authorities across the south east region have managed to pool a small percentage of their funds in order to support learning innovations that demonstrate the impact of new technologies in the class- room. These pages report some of the amazing achievements of schools from around the region and, in so doing, should inspire teachers in other schools to think, "I could do that."
THE BIG PICTURE WHEEL
In one of the most ambitious projects SEGfL has undertaken, we have partnered with schools in Surrey as well as WebBased Ltd to produce a comprehensive solution to the management of users, resources and the curriculum.
Film Education's annual National Schools Film Week saw nearly 400,000 children experiencing the power and excitement of visiting the cinema to further their cultural education and to broaden their worldview.
LEARNING PLATFORMS Feature Editor: Heather Hadfield
Round-up from the region. Learning Platforms have been available to most schools for a couple of years and many are reporting them to be embedded in their practices. Most have found that pupil use at the heart of implementation is key to success.
TOM THE DOG Brighton & Hove.
NEW VIDEOCONFERENCE CONTENT FOR 2011
This year will see even more con- tent providers adopting videoconferencing as one of the ways they can reach schools across the UK and beyond.
It has also been an exciting year in the development of the technology itself (moving more towards PC soft- ware) and what is available for schools to use through the Janet Videoconferencing service (JVCS). Here are some of the highlights!
NATIONAL SCHOOLS VIDEOCONFERENCING EVENT
Overlooked by the dark, aged paintings of Newton, Hooke, Halley and other science greats, the 2010 Schools Videoconference Event got underway at the Royal Society, London
Those of us involved in education regarding e-Safety have a continuing challenge in helping some parents to understand their role and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding children online.
Pupils at Summerfields Primary School in the Isle of Wight are using podcasting to broadcast news to parents.
USING MAKING THE NEWS2 By Phil Bracegirdle
"MTN2 is the most innovative learning tool to appear in ages. My class enjoyed creating short video reports for other schools in the Bird Watch project to read and got very excited every time pupils posted comments on the site about our work." Hamstreet Primary, Ashford, Kent.
COUNT ME IN - THE CENSUS PROJECT
In March 2011 the next great census will be taken and schools connected to the National Education Network will be able to join a project that gives free access to the 1911 census online.
For three months Findmypast will be offering schools free access to research the 1911 census online database. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of broadband pro- vision and join in a census based research project.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES, BFI SCREENONLINE, FIND MY PAST
COPYRIGHTS AND WRONGS by Marshall Mateer
Did you know that UK children automatically have copyright of anything original they create?
Copyright in the digital age is a hot issue for schools; not only are they ‘consumers' of copyright materials but they are, with ICT embedded into daily practice, increasingly ‘creators', ‘re-users' and ‘distributors' of them. Copyright in its four forms applies equally to teachers and others in the workforce, pupils and the school as an organisation.
WHY DO BIRDS MIGRATE? - BIRDWATCH - HEDGEWATCH
Demonstrating how quickly new technologies can be absorbed and become part of main- stream learning, over three thousand pupils from eighty Kent schools between January and July 2010 took part in activities organised by The RSPB Field Study Centre, Kent Wildlife Trust, Med- way Valley Countryside Partner- ship and other environmental groups.
BECOMING POND EXPERTS
The SEGfL Hampshire POND project goes from strength to strength.
The schools involved have promoted collaborative work using broadband and helped a new generation of young scientists really enjoy finding out and reporting about wildlife in their outdoor classrooms.
JEFF HOWSON'S SPOT
Latest free online tools.
NEW ONLINE TOOLS FROM E2BN
Picture Teller Speech Maker Making the News2