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Subject: Information and Communication Technology

Green Screen and virtual worlds

by Heather Hadfield on Wed, October 22, 2014

Imagine playing at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, walking tightrope above Niagara Falls or performing magic to a packed house in Las Vegas. Such feats are technically possible when real-life green-screen video footage is combined with scenes recreated within a 3D virtual world like Second LifeTM. This article details how students at Ashcombe School recently visualised their own a cappella version of Pharrell Williams' tune, 'Happy'.
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Raspberry Pi – What is it and how can it be used to support learning in an educational context?

by Heather Hadfield on Wed, November 07, 2012

Raspberry Pi - an article on how to get started with Raspberry Pi and its potential for use in schools.
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Recordable Talking devices

by Heather Hadfield on Mon, April 16, 2012

Examples of recordable talking devices and how they can be used across the curriculum
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ICT - what next?

by Heather Hadfield on Fri, March 09, 2012

On January 11th 2012 Michael Gove made a speech at the BETT show indicating that successful schools will be expected in future to teach a broader and deeper understanding of ICT that includes Computer Science as well as Information Technology and Digital Literacy.This article will look at what schools should do next.
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Reducing ICT Costs in an Age of Austerity

by Heather Hadfield on Tue, December 20, 2011

Reducing ICT Costs in an Age of Austerity

Executive Summary

The loss of Harnessing Technology Grant represents a reduction of some 15% in funding specific to ICT at the same time as other budgets are under threat and general costs are rising sharply. Schools therefore need to re-visit their ICT budgets and seek savings if they are to continue not only to meet the growing expectations of learners but to maintain modern and effective ICT infrastructure, learning resources and management information systems (MIS).

This paper suggests that schools seek to reduce costs by considering the adoption of:
* Open source software
* Free to use Web 2.0 tools
* Cloud based education services such as GoogleApps or Live@Edu
* Local cloud services such as an LA wide managed learning environment
* Aggregation of services and supply chain.

Schools will need to evaluate such approaches against a detailed analysis of their individual needs and future plans, using tools such as the ICT self review framework to support this evaluation.

A pdf copy of the full article is also available.
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IPad/iPad 2 applications (apps) to develop creativity in the classroom

by Heather Hadfield on Thu, November 17, 2011

This article takes a look at a number of free and low-cost creative apps that are perfect for supporting learning right across the curriculum.
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The SEGfL Associates

by Heather Hadfield on Thu, November 10, 2011

The South-East Grid for Learning Associates was launched in August 2011. The group consists of former ICT Advisory Staff and experienced educational providers who are able to offer independent "quality assured" training and support to schools across the region.
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Games-making and simulation software

by Heather Hadfield on Tue, November 01, 2011

6 great packages for designing games and simulations
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Netbooks or laptops?

by Heather Hadfield 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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