Monthly Archives: January 2016

News from #BETT2016

Last week TCSC went to London for a day and a half of top quality CPD at BETT 2016. All sorts of people presented, from David Brown (@DavidBrownHMI) to Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist) to Sugata Mitra (@Sugatam) and Martin Bailey (@Animate2Educate – see his blog about the whole shebang here ) to name only a few. There was a massive TeachMeet, TeachEat, and even a KidsMeet. Should we have a KidsMeet in Bury? Let us know!

As a provider of Computing, EdTech and eSafety CPD, TCSC took the opportunity to network with like-minded people at the Naace stand, and picked up some very interesting information…

2Simple was – at last – presented with the BETT Award for Purple Mash. There are many new features to explore in Purple Mash, and there will be a Purple Mash Day at the Bury Development and Training Centre on Friday 11 March. Attendance is FREE, and the programme will be confirmed very soon.

BESA and Naace published their Education Technology briefing paper, intended to provide school leaders with a contextual background against which to make their financial decisions about Ed Tech strategy. More information and a free download of the report can be found here.

TTS has a fantastic range of products to support teaching the computing curriculum at EYFS, KS1 and KS2, including a new app! TTS Inspire is available for both Apple and Android platforms. More information will be available at the BPLC Computing Coordinators’ Meeting at 4pm on Wednesday 24 February. Book here

MirandaNet is a fellowship of education professionals with a shared interest in researching the impact of education with technology. MirandaNet is currently recruiting for their iCatalyst research programme for professional development. There are two levels: Sprint, which offers an introduction to educational research, and Insight, which leads to Master level accreditation with De Montfort University. Full support is given throughout the research and writing process. You just need to think of an area of interest – for example, the impact of Purple Mash tools on learning, or the impact of tablets on learning. Contact TCSC for more information.

Brett Laniosh of Catshill Learning Partnerships had much to say on the importance of Safer Internet Day, and how teachers can make the most of it. If you’re based nearer to Bury than Catshill, you could contact TCSC for bespoke eSafety input tailored for parents, teachers, governors, non-teaching staff or pupils.

Naace has produced a series of Essential Guides, or “eGuides” aimed at addressing identified CPD needs. Written for non-specialists, there are three categories of eGuide, which so far comprise the following titles:

  • Computing Curriculum
    • Data handling
    • Graphics
    • Modelling
    • Spreadsheets
  • Cross-curricular uses of EdTech
    • Apps and Tablets
    • Impacting on English
    • Impacting on Maths
    • Investigations
    • QR Codes
    • Assessment for Learning
  • Leadership and management of EdTech
    • Digital Leaders
    • Safeguarding Pupil Data

The Essential Guide to using QR codes was given away for FREE at BETT, and it is hoped that it will also be available to Bury’s Computing Coordinators at their meeting on 24 February. Book here!

For more about BETT you could do worse than checking the #BETT2016 thread on Twitter. Meanwhile, TCSC will be recovering in a quiet and darkened room…