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Leadership for IT Network Managers and Technicians workshops

This exciting new set of workshops has been developed by YHGfL and is offered in conjunction with Hull CLC. The three workshops will focus on the key role that Network Managers and Technicians play in responding to the needs of school stakeholders, providing cutting-edge IT in a flexible and cost-effective way. The course will prepare […]

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Cressida Cowell joins LGFL’s ReadingZone Live online resource

March 17th, 2014 by David Tidman

New to ReadingZone Live is the lively author Cressida Cowell and her insight into her popular ‘How to train your Dragon book series’. Covering her inspirations, educational background and interests, Cressida offers a  perspective on how she came to write a series of books that have now been turned into a series of Hollywood animations.

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Featuring a recording of the live video conference  with London school children, the new video interviews features responses that offer advice to younger writers and understanding of what the pressures are in being a successful author. The full Video conference is all presented in high quality sound and vision.

To view this and the other incredible resources available through ReadingZone go to https://showcase.lgfl.net/index.aspx for more information about this and other resources available only through YHGfL and our colleges in the National Education Network

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Cruchzilla – Code Monster/Code Maven

March 17th, 2014 by David Tidman

Crunchzilla is a service that students can use to learn to write Javascript programs. There are two versions of Crunchzilla; Code Maven and Code Monster. Code Monster is designed for in KS2/3. Code Maven is the same tutorials but with a slightly older look and feel.

Code Monster/Maven contains 58 short lessons that take students from the very basics of things like resizing and repositioning objects to complex creation of animations. Students can work through the lessons in sequence or jump directly to any of the lessons.  Students receive instant feedback on each lesson because the code that they write and the results of the code are displayed side by side.

To visit the site to see how it all works, go to http://www.crunchzilla.com/

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Microsoft – Partners in Learning – Digital Literacy Curriculum

March 17th, 2014 by David Tidman

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If you haven’t already signed up for Microsoft – Partners in Learning, it is worth doing of the array of free resources that are available. For schools looking to provide a variety in their digital literacy, the resource from PIL that can be found at http://goo.gl/54IxqT offers a range of resources that helps you to;

  • Identify the various threats to your computer and the data stored on it.
  • Explore  how to protect your computer from these threats by taking some preventive measures.
  • Take a looks at the ethical and legal issues related to Internet usage

To sign up for Partners in Learning, go to http://www.pil-network.com/

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Naace Accredited: Leadership for IT Network Managers and Technicians workshops

March 12th, 2014 by Andrew

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This exciting new set of Naace Accredited workshops has been developed by YHGfL and is offered in conjunction with North Lincolnshire Council.

The three workshops will focus on the key role that Network Managers and Technicians play in responding to the needs of school stakeholders, providing cutting-edge IT in a flexible and cost-effective way. The course will prepare participants for their role as strategic thinkers and leaders of change and is suitable for Network Managers and Technicians in all phases. As a result of attendance delegates will be able to take an active participation in the strategic decision making process to contribute in the school improvement cycle, as well as being a considerable networking opportunity for Network Managers and Technicians from across the region.

For further and booking information click HERE

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Behind the Screen Project

March 10th, 2014 by David Tidman

This new project and resources are primarily aimed at Key Stage  4 and has a range of activities including Cyber Security (which could be very useful for addressing the eSafety aspect of the new Computing curriculum for students in KS4 not taking ICT as a subject),  HTML5 and App Building. It a free resource available form eSkills, all schools need to do is to sign up at http://www.behindthescreen.org.uk/

 

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ICT4C Update

March 10th, 2014 by David Tidman

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March 2014 Update

We are busy preparing the ICT4C website for users, populating it with all of the valuable content and tools which will make being part of the ICT4C community so worthwhile.

You can now pre-order the Essential eLearning and Essential eSafeguarding packages and qualify for an extra, earlybird 5% discount. You can also tell us whether you would like to be invoiced for them before or after April 1st.

Do remember that the cost of a package is less than the value of a single student’s Pupil Premium payment.

Most schools in Kirklees and Wakefield will be provided with the Essential eLearning package as part of their arrangements with their local authority – but do check with them to make sure that you are included. If you want to see what’s included with the packages, please see the pages on Essential eLearning  and Essential eSafeguarding.

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Coding for women

February 11th, 2014 by Clare

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In case you’ve missed it Jane Martinson has posted a very interesting piece on the Guardian’s ‘Women’s Blog’ about women and coding. Highlights are:

  • Girls don’t code. And when they do, they tend to come to it by a roundabout route
  • Coding is too important to be left to half the population
  • Both women and men want apps to control their children
  • Most developers are self-taught but the rest of us need really good teachers

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In the Yorkshire & Humber Region there are around 100 Code Clubs which have been set up and some schools are running Code Club specifically for girls. To find out more about Code Clubs just click on the logo:

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Safer Internet Day Radio Station

February 10th, 2014 by Clare

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LIVE on Tuesday 11th February 2014 from midday

This LIVE Internet Radio show will feature schools, colleagues and policymakers offering advice and guidance about how they keep young people safe online. Our very own Vicki Parsons will be featured along with year 2 pupils from Normanton Infants School in Wakefield.For more information visit the Anderton Tiger Internet Radio site:
http://www.andertontiger.com/Listen/index.htm

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Hour of Code – UK

February 3rd, 2014 by David Tidman

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UK Hour of Code by code.org plans to be the biggest ever national initiative to get students, teachers and parents learning to code in just one hour, over the week of 3 – 9 March 2014. The campaign intends to help teachers and students get ahead of curriculum changes which will require school children to cover computer science from September 2014.

Students will be able to learn the basic skills of computer programming in sixty minutes, through fun tutorials that feature well-known characters from apps and games. Suitable for all ages and abilities, neither students nor teachers need any prior experience to use the self-guided materials that are accessible for free on the UK Hour of Code website via computers, tablets, and smartphones.

UK Hour of Code is led by code.org and supported by e-skills UK, Tech City UK, founders4schools, and a wide range of supporters of computing in education.

Further information can be found at uk.code.org, where interested parties can also register to participate.

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Living Islands: Live – teaching through nature

February 3rd, 2014 by David Tidman

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Living Islands Live Monday 21st April 2014 to Friday 4th July 2014

An exciting project Science, ICT and Cross Curricular Project for students in KS1 and 2

Follow every day in your classroom and at home the progress of the new born pufflings!

Living Islands Live 2014: A Puffin season on Burhou is a 12 week project that will commence in April 2014. For 12 weeks pupils in your school will have the unique opportunity to watch and observe the daily life of this sea bird colony and learn about the work of the Alderney Wildlife and the beautiful island of Alderney.

The cost to take part in Living Islands Live 2014 is just £99 plus VAT (just £1.20 per day!)

For further information about the project visit http://burhou.livingislands.co.uk/ or email info@livingislands.co.uk

 

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