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Sunderland RTC

Free courses to help you use your Apple 
devices in and out out the classroom

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 9 months ago
Julie Harrison and 3 others have joined the group Primary NQTs 2016-17 9 months ago
Loki Gaard and 88 others have joined the group Primary IT Coordinators 1 year ago
Jane Adamson posted a new announcement1 year 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
Mark Lloyd added a new event to Primary IT Coordinators group 2 years ago

ICT/Computing Leads Network Meeting - September 2017

The next free meeting of the ICT leads will be on the 21st of September 4pm at Monkwearmouth Academy Room 20 (Note the new room - we're moving over...

  • Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:00 PM
  • Room 20 - Monkwearmouth Academy
Mark Lloyd posted a new announcement2 years ago

ICT Computing Leads Meeting Reminder

Hi Everyone Just a quick reminder that the next meeting it this Wednesday from 4-5 at Monkwearmouth Room 110. The focus of the meeting is use of...

Primary IT Coordinators

New E-Safety Materials for Schools

tukLogoIf you talk to your average school student about e-safety most are pretty clued up when it comes to staying safe in school.

The same is not always true of their use of the web outside of school and their use of Facebook and social media is on the increase.

Sunderland is soon to become a super connected ciity, and we already have the honour of being the facebook capital of the UK, so to help children and their parents make informed choices about how they live their lives online we have put together the Cyber Safe agreement. It is our hope that everyone who lives in Sunderland will sign up to it and follow the simple steps to help us to become the safest online community in the UK.

The agreement is available for download here and is an ideal way to get the conversation between schools, parents and students about the best ways to make sure they are always safe when accessing the web.

If any schools want to access CEOP "Think You Know?" training to help staff get up to speed with current trends in Internet usage by children and young people you can contact us here 

The training will give staff access to the training materials available via the CEOP which are proving very popular with schools.

We can also come into your school to deliver assemblies on cyber bullying and e-safety to students and their parents.

Considering iPads, iPods or Macs in your school

ThinkDifferentFor many years now the City Learning Centre has been an Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC)

This means that the staff are fully clued up with using Apple devices in education.
Recently we have been working with a number of schools who want to move toward incorporating Apple technologies in the classroom either helping with the techy bits of making the stuff work on your network or looking at how the devices can be used to augment your curriculum.


Whatever your aims we'd be delighted to meet you to discuss what the pleasures and pitfalls of going Mac are or simply to explore your options. You can contact Mark or Jane via the ICT helpdesk on 5532010 or email us via the contact form

Handheld Learning at Grangetown Primary

grangetown3webThe CLC team have been working with the highly creative pupils from Grangetown Primary. Staff wanted the pupils to to use their new IPads and IPod touches as a creative and innovative way of demonstrating their learning.
The day started with a simple question. How can we use apps as a way to create things that will help next year's students learn all about Greek myths and legends?
The students, who have been learning all about the Greeks, spent the start of the day being "app evaluators." The CLC team had previously set up the devices with a range of different apps that the children had to investigate and rate according to how good they would be a making a learning resource for next year's year five.
Throughout the morning the pupils became "app" specialists as they experimented with and reviewed a number of new apps to use for multimedia tasks .
The whole idea was to give the pupils a chance to learn for themselves and to test the claim that apps are pretty intuitive to use.
That certainly was the case and in no time at all the children were creating animations, films, ebooks and comics.
Jane Adamson – CLC support teacher commented "It was an amazing day. The pupils learned the apps by working independently and in small groups. What surprised me was how much collaborative working went on. People often assume that handheld devices make learning less collaborative but this is definitely not the case."
There was no doubt that the hand held technology day empowered the pupils to take control of their own learning. The day ended with a showcase of what the children had produced. The school hopes that the pupils will be able to exploit their new skills with the devices to improve their learning next year.
Head teacher Les McAnaney commented, " All in all, an excellent day which served to show our teachers as well as our pupils the potential of the iPod and iPad devices.
As Headteacher, I see this model – ICT consultants coming in to work alongside teachers and children – as an ideal way to introduce new technology. I now feel that our staff and children are much better equipped to make effective use of the technology, in a way which will enhance learning."
If you are thinking about using iPods or iPads in the classroom contact the team at St Roberts CLC to discuss how best to deploy and make effective use of the devices in your school.

Turn your student's parents into digital families

‘Digital Families’ is a unique by project designed to help every school
support their children’s learning through greater parental engagement.

Delivered by Campaign for Learning in partnership with the e-Learning Foundation and supported by the Nominet Trust this is a major national programme available to all schools that wish to take part. Research evidence across a wide range of studies confirms that parental engagement and interest in their children’s learning has a major influence on the child’s academic achievements. The challenge for schools is how to support their families to express that engagement and interest effectively.

Digital Families’ is a dynamic programme that will excite pupils, parents and staff about using new media and technology to support learning.

The e-learning foundation are extending an invite to every school to take part in the programme and we have set up a series of training days around the country to help schools implement the programme.

It costs nothing to take part – except your time and commitment – but the benefits to your children and their families can be spectacular.

The training days are in September but we strongly recommend registering now to ensure your place. More information is available here


Grant to fund 1-2-1 access to technology for your students

e-Learning Foundation Grant Round 17


The e-Learning Foundation is pleased to invite affiliated schools (for 2012/2013) to apply to our new grants round.  The terms & conditions are different to previous rounds so applicants are advised to read carefully the details below.


What the grant is for

The grant is intended to help the e-Learning Foundation collect data from schools on the impact of 1:1 access in terms of learners’ outcome data before and after, using their standard measures of progress. Schools will be required to set out in their application the base data they will provide at the start, their forecast of how the children would normally be expected to progress, and the methodology to monitor pupils’ performance over an appropriate period of time.


We are also very interested in understanding how the Pupil Premium is being deployed in schools and we will want to know what role it plays in your e-learning programme.


Values have been set at £5,000 for Secondary Schools and £2,000 for Primary Schools.


We also have some funding specifically restricted to schools in the following areas:

Lambeth. Hackney, Westminster, Newcastle, Gateshead, Wiltshire and Suffolk.


Read more: Grant to fund 1-2-1 access to technology for your students

Adobe Creative Week 9 - 13th July 2012


This is the UK's first ever Creative Week. Register now and join in interactive debates, creative challenges and demonstrations broadcast live online.


What's on offer?


Monday 9th July Creative Industry Overview    Can creativity help drive the UK out of recession?
Tuesday 10th July Design and Publishing Can print and tablet publishing co- exist?
Wednesday 11th July    Film and Video Do smaller budgets make for more original content?
Thursday 12th July Web and Mobile Should developers be a Jack of all Trades or the Master of One?
Friday 13th July Photography and Imaging Is digital photography all tech and no talent?


Have your say #CreativeWeekUK


Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser Training

Arts Award
Do you work with young people? Are you interested in generating opportunities for young people to explore their creativity? Arts Award is a national qualification, which supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders and The Forge provide Arts Award adviser training offering one-day training courses for adults based in the North-East.

Read more: Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser Training