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Wondering how you can use your mobile devices on an educational visit?

In our one day CPD event, we aim to provide inspiration for teachers who want to explore the potential to use iPads to support cross-curricular English and Computing activities. by making use of an educational visit to inspire student writing and creative storytelling.Participants will select from a series of "missions" aimed at developing your iPad skills in KS1 & KS2.  Every mission seeks to unleash your creativity and provide you with inspirational ideas for activities you can run with your own class both during and after a visit to Beamish.

 Join us at Beamish Museum 
 4th of  July  9:00 -16:00  

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Julie Harrison and 65 others have joined the group NQTs 15-16 Cohort 3 months ago
Julie Harrison and 3 others have joined the group Early Years & Childcare 3 months ago
Julie Harrison and 4 others have joined the group Childminder Training Group 3 months ago
Julie Harrison and 3 others have joined the group Primary NQTs 2016-17 3 months ago
Julie Harrison and 13 others have joined the group EYFS and KS1 NQTs 2016-17 3 months ago
Allyson Eden and 54 others have joined the group SENCO Group 6 months ago
Loki Gaard and 88 others have joined the group Primary IT Coordinators 10 months ago
Jane Adamson posted a new announcement11 months ago

Computing Leads meeting 21 September new room at Monkwearmouth 4 - 5

We are sending out this reminder for our meeting this Thursday. The focus of this meeting is robots. We hope to see you there. Come to reception and...

Primary IT Coordinators

Free ICT Conference

The ICT for Education Conference Programme, 2013

In case you haven’t already heard, ICT for Education is hosting a conference and exhibition at the Sports Direct Arena (St James’ Park) in Newcastle on Friday 27 September.  We would be delighted to see you there – but hurry, you need to register now as places are limited and filling fast!

Conference attendance is FREE to all delegates, so don’t miss this opportunity to take part in an informative and entertaining event hosted by ICT for Education, a vendor-independent brand dedicated to making ICT a success in our primary and secondary schools.  The conference runs from registration at 7.45 am to 2.15 pm.  Come for the whole day or come when you can, and please feel free to bring colleagues and share this invitation.

Read more: Free ICT Conference

Additional Dell PCs for UK schools

Notice from Econocom:

Last year Econocom financed and reassigned all the Acer ICT from the Olympic Games to over 600 UK schools and charities.

Channel 4 news article on the project

In t
otal, nearly 16,000 items were reassigned. We still have a school waiting list for over 5,000 PCs from schools that missed out on the legacy of the Games.
As a result, we have managed to source 7,000 Dell PCs from our lease portfolio which will be available to purchase in early November.
The specification is below:

Dell Optiplex 780 Small Form Factor Desktop PC
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.60GHz, 4GB RAM, 160GB Disc

22 inch monitor with keyboard and mouse
Windows 7

The price is the same as for the Olympic ICT at £149 +VAT per system. The minimum order size is 15 units. We will be opening the waiting list on September 1st.

The Olympic PCs sold out in 4 weeks (10,000 units) so we expect there will be a similar interest in this equipment. For those of you on Twitter, I will be tweeting regular updates on the project over the next couple of months (@chrislabrey)

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Kind Regards

Country Manager - UK & Ireland

Phone:+44 208 939 1240

Mobile: +44 7711 982509

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The British Science Festival comes to Newcastle

BSAtransEurope's largest and most high profile public sector science event is coming to Newcastle in September 2013. The event runs from 7th - 12th September. 350  of the UK's top scientists, engineers and commentators with get together to discuss the latest developments in science and technology with the public. There will be hands on family days, workshops, fun quizzes, science comedy and drama, debates on current hot topics and opportunities to ask the UK"s top scientists questions. 

The website has detailed information about all events taking place. Check out the plan and organise your event programme. Some events require you to book tickets.

For more information visit the website here.

Sunderland Cloud Event


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Do you want to learn more about cloud services and what they can offer your school?

We are excited to announce that we are holding a cloud services event for schools to give you to opportunity to see what taking your school to the cloud can mean for your teachers and learners

Google, Microsoft, RM, and BT have been invited to come along and show you how using their cloud based services can benefit your school ansd we are hoping that you will give us your feedback on what a prefect clous solution for your school would look like.

The event is being held on Friday 5th July with the same session running in the morning and again in the afternoon in order to give as many of you as possible the chance to attend.

The Morning session will run 9.00 - 12.00 with registration and coffee from 8:30
The Afternoon session  will run from 1.00 - 4.00 with registration and coffee from 12:30

The event will be of particular interest to ICT staff in schools and headteachers and senior leaders who want to see the benefits of using cloud technologies for learning.

We sincerely hope that your school will be represented at the event.                                                                       

To book the event visit the course booking system and search for "Cloud" if you need assistance with the booking process contact us. We look forward to seeing you there.

New site for parents puts your school data in the spotlight

schoolsguideSchoolsguide.co.uk is a new website launched in May that allows parents to compare schools in your area. The TripAdvisor style site brings key school statistics together in one place from several official websites including the Department of Education and Ofsted making it quick and easy for parents to choose the best school for their child.

Using School Guide parents can:

• Find any school in England with its interactive search

• See current data in a clear visual format on each School Page

• Compare local schools at the touch of a button

• Get a School Guide Rating to see how a school ranks nationally

• Plot performance of a school in the School Guide League

Share knowledge on local schools by adding comments via Facebook or DISQUS

Bright, modern and simple to navigate, School Guide uses colour coding to show types of schools (Primary, Secondary and Independent) and gives each school a unique rating. We know that there are some schools who will be concerned by the fact that parents can openly comment about the school in such a public forum. Why not get ahead of the game by creatiing a prescence for your school on social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. We can give you advice on how to do it safely and how to you can react to negative comments that you may receive.

School Guide has been shortlisted for a Nominet Award in the Digital Innovation in Public Services category.

Follow School Guide on Twitter @SchoolGuideUK or Facebook

Are you thinking about using mobile devices in your school?

rthinkingA number of schools are considering purchasing mobile devices, many wanting the opportunity to evaluate the device before committing to a bulk purchase.

In response to this, we are excited to announce a new CPD for day for teachers offering you the chance to evaluate their potential.

The Learning Technologies and Innovation Team are partnering with AT computers, Apple Solutions Experts for Education, to offer you the opportunity to take part in an iPad experience day.

The aim of the day is to give you everything you need to run a successful trial of mobile technology in your classroom. As well as receiving training, you will also be equipped with an iPad and a set of essential apps to get you started. We have an Apple Distinguished Educator on hand to give you practical ideas on how to implement them in your classroom as well as members of the Learning Technologies Innovation Team to advise you on exciting projects already running in Sunderland schools.
Read more: Are you thinking about using mobile devices in your school?

Anti-Bullying Song - The Karaoke Version

We are proud to launch our new Sunderland Anti-Bullyng Song. The song was the winning entry by Ellie Rodwell from Academy 360 in the competition organised by the Anti-Bullying team. Ellie's words have been turned into a song that we're sure you will enjoy learning and singing.

Hopefully this new karaoke version will help you to learn the song so you can sing it with your class in school. It would be great if you could record your perfomance and send it to us. Once you have learned the words you may find the mp3 version useful too. Especially if you want to perform the song in front of an audience. The song was written so that the Cyber Bullying verse can be sung over the final chorus so why not give that a try too. 

Here are links to allow you to download the song to use in school.

Download the karaoke video

Download the tune as an MP3

Download the tune with a guide melody as an mp3

Download the lyrics

Download the Sheet Music

Watch out for a new version in E flat Major coming soon

Get a copy of Microsoft Office for home use for £10

Boxshot_-_Office_Professional_2010The Council has purchased a licence for Microsoft Office that extends to home use by employees. If you work for Sunderland council and have a sunderland schools email address you are entitled to a copy at a reduced rate of £10
The copy of office you buy can only be installed on your home computer.
To sign up for the scheme you need to send an email from your work account to Phoenix software (the address is in the attached document) expressing your interest They will send you a special code and a link to purchase and download the software.

Further information about the scheme can be viewed here