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The status of current programmes within the ICT Development team at the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust.

The status of current programmes within the ICT Development team at the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust.

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  • Here goes then, with what’s happening in ICT Development!


  • 1. Tony Parkin, Bill How and Glyn Barritt ICT Development Programmes
  • 2. Think Quest UK
    • Renowned international competition open to teams of students aged between 9 and 19
    • Aim: to create and develop an educational website for publication in the ThinkQuest Library
    • UK competition runs in parallel and will offer prizes for student voice, community & global perspectives
    • Teachers and other adults in a learning resource capacity are invited to coach teams of students
    • Or volunteer to judge the 2007 competition!
    • Free Adobe software for participants!
    Student voice … lifelong skill development … Further information available from www.thinkquestuk.org.uk
  • 3. Think Quest UK
    • UK winners announced in June 07
    • Awards event on 6 and 7 November at the Design Museum in London
    • Press coverage, case studies … high profile for winning teams!
    • But … one primary team also an international 3 rd prize winner and off to San Francisco soon!
    • Successful sites are published for the world to see in the ThinkQuest Library
    Our first UK winners! ThinkQuest Library www.thinkquest.org/library
  • 4. Why not join the ICT Register?
    • A school with expertise in training other teachers could offer ICT-focused CPD as one of its strengths!
    • In addition .. we need schools able to offer advice on learning platforms, web 2.0 and mobile technologies etc
    • Opportunities to contribute case studies and deliver workshops
    • And ICT Mark accreditation at 50% discounted cost and a ‘streamline’ approach!
    • Do visit the Register for further information!
  • 5. “ Making Connections” 29 January 2008, Holywell Park, Loughborough
    • National event showcasing excellent ICT practice
    • Free to all Register schools!
    • 2 inspiration keynotes and a choice of showcases highlighting innovative ICT practice across all phases
    • Please encourage your feeder primaries to attend!
    • Our 2007 delegates commented …
    “ Just a wonderful day” “ A fantastic experience, long may it continue” www.ict-register.net/showcase2008.php
  • 6.
    • Freely downloadable resources covering 4-5 hours’ but fully adaptable for different student/teacher needs
    • Website links to further resources in US and Ireland
    • Certificates … and awards of £450 for each resource [but no transfer of copyright!]
    • Professional Development and full support provided including free Adobe software for participants!
    • It’s not too late to join the 2007 programme if you have resources to contribute
    • Become known on the national and international stage!
    • Resources to be promoted by the DfES
  • 7.
    • Online professional development community – space for collaboration, innovation and creativity
    • Based around 5-step ‘Learning Path’ [LP] curriculum development concept
    • LP development focused on methodology, not subject, encouraging cross curricular collaboration
    • Range of online collaborative tools and resources to support development
    • / . . .
  • 8.
    • Pilot development underway
    • New participants welcome – platform training available for staff teams
    • Access to the resource is free!
    • Bursaries available for developing and repurposing of materials
    • To find out more: aoc.ssatrust.org.uk
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