Well it has taken a week but Learn 4 Life has uploaded about 25 video interviews with innovative personalities and key products at the show.
Go to www.L4L.co.uk to see, download and share them as CPD for anyone who didn't make the show!
Saturday, 20 January 2007
Saturday, 13 January 2007
A few weeks ago I watched the Gadget Show on Channel 5 (The only show I watch on the that channel) and I saw a robot challenge. The presenters had series of challenges that three different robots had to carry out. It was really interesting to see what could be done with the robots that are commercially available now but I was really quite captivated by the LEGO competitor on the show.
The first stand that I visited today was the LEGO one and I met a Physics teacher who told me how he had developed a programme that allowed LEGO to be used throughout his school. I must say that t looks rather exciting......more
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Friday, 12 January 2007
Today marks the 40th edition of the Guardian's educational technology supplement, which has covered the rapid changes taking place across the curriculum over the past eight or so years. But it also marks a radical change in our page format, a new title and expanded coverage of an area in education that never stands still.
In this first issue of Link - a name we think reflects our readers in a growing online education community - we are including a new review section of the latest hardware and software on the market.
We will also take a regular look at research, focusing on some of the numerous surveys and projects on the use and impact of technology in education. We also aim to increase coverage across the education sector, provide a platform for opinionformers and tackle key policy issues, along with increased news coverage and our usual mix of columnists and practical features. All reactions welcome!
School leaving age to rise to 18
Young people will have to be in training or education until the age of 18Young people will be required to stay in school, training or workplace training until the age of 18.
The Department for Education and Skills has confirmed plans to raise the school leaving age - to be introduced by 2013.
This will not mean that pupils have to stay in the classroom or continue with academic lessons - but they will have to continue to receive training.
It would mean raising the leaving age for the first time since 1972, when it was raised to the present 16 years old.
The proposals would seek to tackle the problem of young people leaving education without qualifications or workplace skills.
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Thursday, 11 January 2007
The annual BETT Awards represent a partnership between Becta, the Government’s lead agency for ICT in education, BESA, the trade association representing the educational supply industry and Emap Education, the organisers of BETT – the largest educational technology show in the world.
The awards also recognise outstanding education sector products and learning solutions. Judges review the entries based on criteria including design, cost-effectiveness, support of higher order skills and effective learning and teaching styles. The technical criteria against which the awards were judged focused on the robustness and resilience of each product, and its accessibility for those with specific needs.
"I come here every year to get a vision into the future. I want to see in which direction to go with ICT for the next 10 to 20 years," says primary school headteacher Petula Allen at Bett, the annual educational technology show.
The MP is setting up a home access taskforce, so "classroom practice will have to adapt to the knowledge that children can access at home," he said.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007
School computer test scrapped
In the test, pupils face a limited series of practical ICT tasks A compulsory computer test for teenagers in England has been abolished, ministers have confirmed.
A statutory test in ICT (information and communication technology) for Key Stage 3 pupils (14-year-olds) was due to be made compulsory from 2008.
Pupils get home internet access
Ministers say pupils need internet access at home as well as schoolThe government is to set up a taskforce to ensure all children have access to the internet outside of school.
The government says more than 800,000 children and young people in England are currently not online at home and wants to close the "digital divide".
Mini-computers 'bring test boost'
Hand-held computers are popular with pupils Boys who under-perform at school could be greatly helped if they used hand-held computers at home and at school, a study suggests.
A pilot scheme in Wolverhampton has reported improved results in maths and science after children were given the devices to use around the clock.
Transforming Education Through TechnologySpeech by Jim Knight 10 January 2007 , BETT Conference
It’s great to have this chance to reflect on the recent years of transformation through technology. In that time, floppy disks have become obsolete, air-line tickets have become outdated and video players a thing of the past. Technology is even moving faster than James Bond. He was seen texting in his latest film, though perhaps there technology is going backwards – I seem to remember him using a mobile to drive a car a couple of films ago. Our daily lives have been transformed through technology. Nowhere is that seen more clearly than in our classrooms. more.....
What is your opinion of what the Minister said? Will it help transform the teaching and learning process for you?
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Tuesday, 9 January 2007
Only about another 15 hours until BETT 2007 begins and like every year I've been here its absolute bedlam on the exhibition floors as workmen, presenters and all sorts of other interested people busy themselves in preparation for the doors opening.
Posted by Martin Jack at 18:55
Monday, 8 January 2007
Words & Music is described as a new generation of music software which not only allows pupils to make music but also to write lyrics.It allows the creation of up to three tracks, for example a single treble, alto, bass or percussion track for simple rhymes, chants, raps, and melodies, or two/three-track compositions for work on harmonies, call and response, rounds, sound effects, layering, etc.
What has been your impression of this resource when used in the classroom?