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2014 Video Conferencing Opportunities from ICT4C

YHGfL have set the dates for a number of Video Conference sessions throught 2014 Below is a summary, see the YHGfL website for further information: Video Conference with David Webb  – Author – KS1 upwards 3rd March 2014 YHGfL are marking book week this year by giving schools the fantastic opportunity to take part in a […]

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Free CPD for 2Simple users

October 31st, 2014 by David Tidman


If you are a user of 2Simple’s Purple Mash, then Andrew Wilkinson their professional development manager would love to hear from you to organise a free CPD opportunity on how to get the most out of the product including the new 2Code. To find out more about this, email Andrew on

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Keeping an eye on Ofsted!

October 31st, 2014 by David Tidman


Ever wanted to know what Ofsted are saying in their latest reports? If so, this site will be of interest to you. It is a currently a free to use analysis tool called Watchsted ( which tracks and analyses the most recant 100 Ofsted reports. It can the be sorted based on a range of fields such as overall grade and strand. It also links through the report on the Ofsted site to reduce the need to search.

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Barefoot Computing – free CPD for schools

October 31st, 2014 by David Tidman


You may not have heard of Barefoot Computing, but it is a set of amazing free resources and CPD for primary schools to help with implementing the computer science element of the new curriculum. To help schools make the best use of the material available, we at ICT4Collaboration are regional partners with Barefoot and can provide a limited number of free workshops for schools. All we ask is that a minimum 10 teachers attend the session and that they come from at least 3 schools. The workshop lasts about an hour, at which we cover aspects of the new computing curriculum and show how the Barefoot materials can help both staff and pupils to understand its requirements.

To find out more about the Barefoot project visit or find out more about a free event at your school contact Remember, workshop numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

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Childrens BBC Launch New Childrens Coding Competition

October 8th, 2014 by David Tidman


CBBC is giving the next generation of digital content creators an amazing opportunity to design a game that will be turned into a free app and released across the UK for all kids to play.

Award-winning CBBC stars Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood (Dick & Dom) will kick off the competition on Tuesday today during the first episode of their new CBBC series, Appsolute Genius.

The competition – which forms part of the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology – will run alongside this new factual series from CBBC Productions where McCourt and Wood discover the geniuses whose ideas, creations and discoveries have shaped the world of coding, computer programming and gaming.

The competition is open to 6-12 year olds and the winning idea will be chosen by an panel chaired by The Duke of York, who is involved in a number of initiatives to support young people developing digital skills, including iDEA and Code Club. this competition supports a new project launched by the BBC to support computing called Absolute Genius

To find out more about Absolute Genius visit and for the competion visit

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Are you up for a bit of coding? Europe Code Week 2014

October 8th, 2014 by David Tidman


The idea behind Europe Code Week is to connect local organizations and volunteers and to showcase existing initiatives and good practices across Europe. Code Week was started by VP Neelie Kroes’ Young Advisors, who, together with other local Ambassadors, want to see more of their peers actively creating, not just consuming digital content.

Find our more about Europe Code Week at and help get Europe coding!

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The M Room – the secret listeners who bugged the Nazis

October 8th, 2014 by David Tidman

The M Room is an exciting new English and History resource for KS3 and KS4, giving exclusive access to secret World War II listening sites where the British Secret Service bugged high-ranking German Military prisoners.

Produced in response to the revised secondary National Curriculum, The M Room specifically targets the revised Key Stage 3 History curriculum section ‘Challenges to Britain, Europe and the wider world from 1901 to present day’, picking up on the suggested focus of ‘the Second World War and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill’, as well as the statutory requirement to cover the Holocaust at KS3. It also incorporates a series of lesson plans and activities linked to the KS3/4 Literacy and KS4 History curricula.

The resource features an interview with one of the original secret listeners (now aged 95), and extensive primary-source material from the Ministry of Defence, relatives of those involved, and The National Archives. The lead presenter and consultant to the project is the eminent historian Dr Helen Fry, who uncovered information about The M Room story that even the Ministry of Defence was unaware of.
The resource is available via the National Education Network to any school connected through their Regional broadband grid

To see this amazing story visit

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Top tips for getting started with blogging

October 8th, 2014 by David Tidman

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Looking for ideas to help to help you get started with blogging, then take a look at our 10 ideas guide that can be found by following this link

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Teaching the Tudors – A multimedia resource from the National Education Network

October 8th, 2014 by David Tidman


The Tudors in London resource aims to develop an understanding of a historical context in which to appreciate how events of 500 years ago still impact on life today. Although focussed around London, the resource is rich in material to help all teachers covering this aspect of the history curriculum

Featuring over 140 high-quality videos clips and over 60 high-resolution images from the Museum of London Archaeological Archive, Royal Collection Trust and key Tudor locations in London, the extensive digital collection is further enhanced by a framework of curriculum-linked material. Lesson plans suggest classroom-based activities to help teachers make the most of the wide range of resources within the historical archive.

High quality video resources include:

  • Re-enactment of the eve of the marriage of Kathryn Parr to Henry VIII
  • The major Tudor remains including Hampton Court Palace, the Rose Theatre, Charterhouse and on the streets of the City of London.
  • Replicas and real artefacts uncovered from archaeological discoveries in London

High resolution images

  • High resolution photographs courtesy of Museum of London Picture Library and Museum of London Archaeology
  • Reconstructions of what Tudor London might have looked like, maps and images of artefacts courtesy of Museum of London Picture Library and the Royal Collection Trust

To find out more and view the material visit from your school

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Teaching History with 100 Objects

September 25th, 2014 by David Tidman

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Teaching history with 100 objects is the result of a partnership between museums across the UK and the British Museum. It has been funded by the Department for Education to help equip teachers to teach the new national history curriculum in England through the provision of high quality resources, up to date subject expertise and stimulating teaching ideas. However, its potential extends beyond England to teachers of history throughout the country and internationally.Teaching history with 100 objects consists of 100 resources based on objects selected from museums in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and from the British Museum. These Object Files may be used individually to support and enhance teachers’ current practice or can be combined to provide object-based units of study for a historical period, culture or theme.

Teaching history with 100 objects harnesses the power of objects to motivate young people’s interest in history and to provide teachers with resources to inspire their students’ study of events and people in the past.

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CyberCenturion: registration closes 26 September 2014

September 16th, 2014 by David Tidman
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What is CyberCenturion?
CyberCenturion sits between the existing Cyber Security Challenge schools programme for secondary schools and the main Challenge competition programme and has been designed to inspire future professionals towards careers in cyber security. It is a chance for anyone interested in the world of cyber security to get their first real experience of the scenarios and challenges existing professionals have to undertake on a daily basis.CyberCenturion is modelled after the U.S. CyberPatriot program. A video describing the online and in-person rounds of the CyberPatriot competition can be found here. The competition is played in teams. Further details here

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