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Learning Platforms In Infant Schools - A Summary of Research

by Emma Goto on Wed, October 31, 2012

This is a summary of case study research carried out into the use of learning platforms in infant schools as part of an MAed at the University of Winchester. The research was particularly focused around what impact the use of this technology could have on young children's learning. It also explored how the technology was being used and how it was implemented.
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Video Conferencing on a Shoestring

by Emma Goto on Wed, October 31, 2012

I have been keen to explore video conferencing for some time now but have always seen it as something that is expensive. I know of a few schools that have rooms set up for video conferencing. These are sometimes high tech set ups that have cost thousands. I have always worried about value for money and felt we may not get enough use to make it worth the out lay. However at Hampshire's ICT conference last year I was lucky enough to hear Heather Hadfield from the SEGFL talk about video conferencing. She drew my attention to a much cheaper alter native called JVCS desktop. JVCS desktop allows users within schools to video conference using the JANET facilities with nothing more than a webcam and a microphone. To use JVCS desktop you need to download and install a free application called ConferenceMe. Heather also drew our attention to the many video conferencing opportunities free to schools. Several museums run sessions. For example the National Archives run a number of free sessions aimed ay KS1-KS3.
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Netbooks or laptops?

by Emma Goto on Thu, November 18, 2010

Recently there have been several people asking about the pros and cons of netbooks compared to laptops on the Hampshire ICT co-ordinators mailing list. Individual opinions on this vary and there is unlikely to be a right or wrong answer. Like anything it is mostly about deciding what is best for your learners at any given time. I shared my opinions on this topic on the list and was then encouraged to share them through this forum, which I have done below.
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Using Mindmapping Software to Develop Thinking and Creativity in the KS1 Classroom

by Emma Goto on Sun, January 10, 2010

One of the things my KS1 children have always enjoyed doing is using mind mapping software to organise and develop their ideas. This was an obvious use of ICT for us to explore in our school, as for a long time we had been working with children mindmapping on paper. We used the mindmaps to find out what children already knew about a topic and what they wanted to find out. From the final mindmap at the end of a topic we could see what children had learned.

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Using ICT creatively – Talking Books

by Emma Goto on Thu, October 08, 2009

In my Spot postings I want to focus on creative uses of ICT across the curriculum to enhance communication and learning. ICT can be very powerful when we use it to enhance creativity and allow children to communicate in their own chosen way. In this post I am focusing on talking books. In my Reception and Key Stage 1 classes many of the children have loved making talking books using their whiteboard software (we have Activprimary) or other software like 2Create-A-Story. These children are emergent readers and writers who love recording their ideas and reading the books they create time and time again.
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