Thursday, 23 August 2012

ICT Co-ordinators Conference 10 October 2012

This year's ICT Co-ordinators Conference is structured to complement the new ICT framework (EYFS to KS3) being promoted by NAACE. Third Millennium Learning NAACE.

The Conference will provide clear guidance on how teaching and learning in ICT is changing with practical guidance on how school ICT leaders can implement ideas in the classroom.

Book a place

The conference features keynote speakers, who will inform us of current national priorities and identify opportunities for implementing these in school. There will be workshop sessions based on themes in NAACE's 'Five Areas of the ICT Framework'. All of the workshops will identify simple ways to structure teaching and learning in the five areas.

The Five Areas of the ICT Framework

  • Digital literacy
  • Skills
  • Technology in the world
  • Technological understanding
  • Safe and responsible use
Follow-up twilight sessions will be held throughout the year at the e-Learning Centre in Top Valley. Each session will cover the five areas of the NAACE Framework in more detail. Anyone from your school may attend these follow-up sessions.

Try something new in your school

One of the most common questions I'm asked is...."How can I persuade other teachers in my school to try this out....." One answer might be to get your school involved in "RiskIT".
This is an opportunity to have a whole school initiative for 2 weeks in October to try something out within a culture that accepts that mistakes might happen and that experimentation can bring fantastic rewards.
the idea isn't to engage the ICT enthusiasts in your school but to encourage everyone to participate. Some of the stated goals are:

•Working in judgment-free environment

•Trying new things


•Taking the fear out of technology

•Making teachers young again

•Mind over matter

•Taking control of the technology

•Learning new things

•Learning from students

•Not afraid of failure, but learn from it

Visit for more details and to register

Friday, 3 August 2012

Robomind: a programming solution for your school?

If you are looking for another programming opportunity for your pupils you should take a look at Robomind. This is a free program that can be downloaded from

In Robomind a robot is programmed to move around a map. It can be programmed either by using commands or, really easily, by using the “remote control”. The really nice feature is that when using the remote control the code generated is visible which creates a visual introduction to scripting.

A fun feature is the ability to pick up and put down an object as you carry it through a maze, making it possible to add a gaming or competitive aspect to tasks.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Nelc Wildlife Project News

Thrush nest on a security light!
It is almost a year now since we offered schools nestbox and feeder camera units and we have already had some successes. Many congratulations to Middleton Primary and Berridge Infants who have had birds nesting and fledging from the boxes as well as some upseting moments with other birds raiding their nests. But, as we know - that's nature for you!

To view some of the images from our school webcams, click on the image above to the Nelc Wildlife Project website.
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