ISA eLearning Community ♦ Newsletter 1 December 2008
Dear Heads of ISA Schools,
The Autumn Study conference inspired us in many ways, and one outcome of it is the commendation by both
the Academic Policy Committee and the ISA Executive Council of our proposals to build as rapidly as we can
a community of ISA Heads and teachers to provide support for ICT use with pupils in our schools.
The purpose of this newsletter is to bring this initiative to the attention of all ISA Heads and Teachers.
Why do ISA schools need an eLearning initiative ?
ISA are the only substantial independent schools’ association that spans the entire age range of pupils, and
so our needs for eLearning support are perhaps the greatest. What might work for a large secondary school
is no guarantee for a small preparatory school, yet our teachers who use ICT often find themselves in a
position of having to work across this broad age range, so have met these challenges and can share advice
and support with colleagues who faces similar challenges.
What is the ?
A collaboration between ISA and T-Learning, the developers of ‘Taecanet Springboard’, which is a “not for
profit” web based e-learning schools service. Taecanet are the only supplier of web-based services who has
faced the challenge of aggregating published course material to be found on the internet, gained permission
to distribute it through licence for the benefit of pupils aged 5 to 16 following an English based curriculum.
Taecanet wish to build their subscriber base, ISA wishes to link their teachers together – by belonging to the
ISA/TAECANET group, both organisations will grow stronger – teachers will be linked together in a learning
community/forum being shaped to meet their needs directly in partnership with the leading national provider.
What is Taecanet?
Taecanet Springboard supports teachers and students through the delivery of personalised learning at home
and school. It provides a fun, curriculum based e-learning service which uniquely harnesses the richness of
the Internet & user generated content in a uniquely safe and controlled way. As the curriculum changes and
new developments in personalised learning occur, the learning resources will change.
How will help the ISA?
It will assist ISA school teachers to regain the ‘thought leadership’ in how traditional approaches to
personalised learning can be best blended with new Internet enabled technologies. As the platform is already
built with over 5,000 learning resources, we only need to point our pupils at www.taecanet.com, and they are
one log-in away from learning. Teachers involved will be invited to join the ISA eLearning forum and work
together identifying how best to develop materials for the future. By co-operating with T-Learning, we will be
able to shape the next phase of development of Taecanet Springboard to better meet the needs of
Independent schools. For example, the majority of the Science KS4 course was rendered for use via
Springboard by teachers working in an ISA school!
What should we do first?
Go to www.taecanet.com and explore the resources available for teachers and pupils. Encourage
your teaching staff to do the same over the winter break – individuals can sign up for absolutely no
cost. Click on the ISA button to find out more about our initiative.
How do we join the ISA Learning Community?
FOUNDER MEMBERSHIP – closing date: 1 February 2009
Annual subscriptions vary from £175 a year upwards, dependent upon size and age group. As we are part
the way through the year too, you may wish to discuss how best the service will fit your needs, so please
contact IAN NAIRN, firstname.lastname@example.org and phone – 07590 226 807. Alternatively, we invite individual
schools to join the network by paying their subscriptions through visiting www.taecanet.com & clicking on the
ISA link. ISA FOUNDER members will establish an Advisory Panel under their own elected leadership to
survey Independent schools, agree their content priorities and help recruit subject expert teachers. With the
delivery of over 2 million learning journeys to individual students Taecanet Springboard has already made an
impact in encouraging students to “choose to learn” and through engagement raise their attainment.
Join now. It could not be simpler….!
Claires Court Schools
Working solely for and on behalf of ISA schools