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  • Blog Post: Getting started on cost saving–a practical seminar at Microsoft from Dimension Data

    Dimension Data are running an event here at Microsoft HQ on 3rd November, which will provide practical steps to saving money with ICT. So the budget cuts have arrived – and it appears that for the moment, the biggest cuts are in schools’ capital budgets. Firstly we saw the Harnessing Technology...
  • Blog Post: The TES goes all ICT today - and drives the cost saving agenda

    It’s not often that the TES reports on ICT – apart from a couple of pages tucked away towards the back of the magazine. But today they’ve splashed articles about ICT on the front page of the main newspaper and on the front page of the magazine. Unfortunately, in keeping with ‘good news is no news’, you...
  • Blog Post: Harnessing Technology Grant – kicking a grant while it’s down

    A few weeks ago, on 18th June, the Government cut the Harnessing Technology Grant, in order to find capital funds to start Free Schools. I wrote a blog post at the time to summarise the information . Well, they’ve done it again – this time, when they announced the cancellation of the BSF...
  • Blog Post: Harnessing Technology Grant–an update

    Last Friday, when the government announced the creation of Free Schools , they also announced that some of the capital funding for them would come out of this year’s Harnessing Technology Grant for schools and local authorities. Cutting ICT grants to fund Free Schools led to a certain amount of commentary...
  • Blog Post: One third of head teachers don’t know how much they spend on ICT

    Continuing my “Things I Learned This Week” series – this week, Part Eight This week I’ve been continuing my reading of the Harnessing Technology survey from Becta . Buried deep in the data tables, and summarised on the analytical report, is some interesting information about...
  • Blog Post: Four out of five schools outsource their ICT –Things I Learned Last Week #7

    This week, I’ve been reading the Becta Harnessing Technology Survey in a lot more detail, and especially some of the spreadsheets of questions which didn’t make it into the final report. And the following things I learned are courtesy of the survey. 1. Four out of five schools are already outsourcing...
  • Blog Post: Home Access Programme Approved Suppliers

    This post refers to the pilot of the Home Access Programme, for 2009, which has now finished. There's now an updated blog post all about the Home Access Programme Suppliers for 2010 , which is much more useful to you! A little earlier I got my “Dummy’s Guide to the Home Access Programme” done,...
  • Blog Post: East Sussex - Harnessing Whole School Technology Conference

    I went to the seaside today - or at least, I went near the sea. According to my satnav I was within a few hundred yards, but I stopped short of it when I arrived at the Kings Centre in Eastbourne, venue of the East Sussex local authority's "Harnessing Whole School Technology" conference. As somebody...
  • Blog Post: Improving your learning platform

    One of the current trends in schools is the compelling need for a "learning platform". Not only because one of the government's Harnessing Technology targets say you have to have one, but because it can help you to offer more flexible learning delivery. A basic learning platform is only the start of...
  • Blog Post: Building Schools for the Future, and building consensus today

    At the NAACE conference I ran into an old friend, Sheyne Lucock, who is the General Inspector for BSF (Building Schools for the Future) and ICT at Barking and Dagenham Local Authority. Sheyne has always been somebody who's done things "his own way" - not concerned about what way the crowd is going, and...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: Virtual Teaching – extending learning across institutional boundaries

    Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are hot topics now, and deservedly so - in many cases they are transforming education and helping make both teaching and learning a more engaging and interactive process. Most students today have access to a range of technologies and mobile...
  • Blog Post: Rethinking the school day

    We're still in the foothills of a transformed education system. The fact that our national programme to create a transformed education system is called "Building Schools for the Future" is a pretty clear sign that we're looking at this from today's perspective Why didn't somebody spot that the words...
  • Blog Post: Are your teachers creating digital resources?

    Your head teacher may well have received information from Becta and the NEN (National Education Network) about the opportunity to bid for funding to create digital online learning resources. The project will fund 30-50 schools to create and share resources, with each school receiving grants of up to...
  • Blog Post: Broadclyst School

    Broadclyst Community Primary School, in Devon, are well known locally for the way that they use ICT to enhance learning. Knowing that they tend to be at the leading edge of new technologies, we went to look at how they are using Windows Vista to support teaching and learning in their school ...
  • Blog Post: Broadclyst Primary School and Windows Vista

    Broadclyst Community Primary School, in Devon, are well known locally for the way that they use ICT to enhance learning. Knowing that they tend to be at the leading edge of new technologies, I asked a colleague to visit, to look at how they are using Windows Vista to support teaching and learning in...
  • Blog Post: Another BETT Learning Gateway story

    2008 - it's all about Learning Gateway. And another milestone at BETT was when we released the case study on the Leeds Learning Network. Now, like many of the Learning Gateways that we've talked about, this one has been around a little while - in fact, the Leeds Learning Network (LLN) started in 2000...
  • Blog Post: Last week at BETT 2008

    Last week I was very quiet on the blog - mainly because it was BETT week, when 29,000 of the UK's most enthusiastic educational ICT people gather at Olympia for a few days. Most visitors only come for a day, but those manning stands are there for the whole week, including Saturday. Perhaps next year...
  • Blog Post: ICT Funding Grants 2008-2011

    At the end of last month, Becta added some information on its website about the Harnessing Technology grant for ICT, being allocated to English local authorities and schools from April 2008. It answers some questions you may have, but leaves out one big question - "How much will I get?". Let's see if...
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