Welcome to another ICT Update
- Flickr pool of Redbridge Images
- HMI validate Nintendo research
- A different model of ICT Leadership
- TeachMeet Scotland
I have also spoken to Headteachers this week at the forum meeting. We looked at Photosynth, AB tutor, policys, IWB use and I mentioned the Redbridge Film awards, which will be launched next month. Heads were shown a brief overview of Windows Movie Maker.
Leading Teachers have also looked at Photosynth this week and have created an Ilford Synth. We looked again at the work of Tim Rylands and his work with Myst. It struck me and others, that what using an on-screen 3d environment does is it gives the class a shared vocabulary and experience that they can use to write from, without having to rely on memory.
Flickr Pool of Redbridge Images
Flickr is a community of photographers of all abilities, who share their photography online. Users who share a similar interest or location often form groups to share their images in a group 'pool'.
We have such a pool in Redbridge, and it contains a diverse range of photographs, everything from fly tipping to spooky forest landscapes. Many of these images could be used in Literacy or Geography.
(please note I would not recommend children search for images on Flickr)
- There were improvements in concentration and behaviour
- The children who played Brain Training for 20 minutes each day improved their Mental Maths score by as much as 50%
- The time taken to complete the tests decreased
- There was no difference or benefit in using the game at home
- Less able children were most likely to improve
- The study also found an improvement in attendance and a decrease in lateness
Parents on low incomes who have not provided their children with computers and internet access will get "vouchers" to do so, the government has said.
The scheme to tackle England's "digital divide", available nationally in a year's time, will cost £300m.
It will cover broadband access, software and computers if necessary.
Teachers' details on missing disk
A computer disk containing the names and addresses of more than 11,000 teachers has gone missing in the post.
The General Teaching Council (GTC) said in a letter to teachers that the disk went missing after being sent via Parcelforce to its Birmingham office.