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A list of my findings #BOB (Best of BETT) while visiting the BETT show this year.
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GCSEPod – Digital Learning via podcast content
Launched in 2008, we now have over 300 podcasts expertly created for effective learning and revision…
◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Produced in collaboration with over 30 teachers for GCSE students Relevant to the six main GCSE exam boards across seven subjects Enhanced podcasts with added text and original images As simple to download as iTunes For use as a learning resource throughout the year, not just for revision Reasonably priced from £1.95 per title or from £9.95 for a whole topic Available in short, easy to digest, bite-size segments
GCSEPod is an accessible and affordable learning product, written by teachers, for use by Years 9, 10 and 11 on computers, iPods and Mobile Phones, anytime, anywhere, all year round. CLICK HERE for more details
Dashboard – Bring ‘Everything’ together!
Dataspire Dashboard As web-based information systems and online data resources continue to become more prevalent in education, many teachers and school administrators face the growing challenge of accessing data from a variety of sources. In a typical school, college or academy, it is not uncommon to find a multitude of ICT-based systems that teachers and students are required to use as part of their daily routine. For some, this can be a frustrating and a time consuming process, given that each system may have a separate username and password.
Dataspire Dashboard is a unique application that offers an innovative solution to personalising and centralising web-based information systems. Dashboard provides an easy to use web-portal where students, teachers and school administrators can easily access a central, single point of online information and online resources. Using push technologies data can be retrieved from database driven applications showing only the information that is relevant to the user. From displaying the school calendar, digital notice boards, resource bookings, SIMS and email integration, Dashboard combines your existing online technologies with innovative 21st Century utilities and tools. CLICK HERE for more details
SuperMemo – mLearning
◦ The learning mode and preparing a study plan for a given day,
◦ The option of creating new courses by users, Thanks to the SuperMemo application for iPhone users can define and create their own multimedia courses, based on the exercises of their own design. With your own courses you can study the materials you have created yourself, making use of the advantages of the SuperMemo method. The course editor allows users to define various types of pages: the chapter and presentation pages, and also the question and answer, fill the gaps and multiple choice exercise pages. The editing process in itself is supported with many tools which simplify creating, editing and transferring exercises within the course structure. A user-made course is available only on the iPhone it has been defined for. CLICK HERE for more details The SuperMemo courses support your learning efforts by creating your personal study plan for a given day. It includes the number of repetitions, the material you possibly need to revise and the new material. The fast learning courses are based on the SuperMemo revising method. When you solve an exercise, the application checks if the answer is correct and, at the same time, shows the auto-grade buttons. Users can choose their own grade and the application calculates the date of the next revision using the abovementioned algorithm of repetitions.
Every Child Really Matters
In today’s connected world the wealth of information and opportunities that technology offers is immense. However, there is a darker side to this digital environment that leaves individuals vulnerable to all kinds of accidental or intentional harm. e-safe education is a specialist solution dedicated to the protection and safety of children and young people in the ICT environment. The comprehensive threat detection and reporting system enables a child’s risk of exposure to inappropriate materials, bullying and online grooming activity to be significantly reduced whilst also educating young people about responsible use of ICT from the moment they breach policy. Through the delivery of software, support and forensic managed services to schools, Local Authorities, Regional Broadband Consortia and parents, e-safe education provides the support and expertise needed in today’s ICT driven world. CLICK HERE for more details
Schools radio – FREE!
SchoolsRadio.com is run as a charity and is largely operated on a volunteer basis. It is there to help and exists solely to encourage all school students throughout the United Kingdom to get involved in making radio. Radio broadcasts might be over the air with a licence from Ofcom, over the Internet, a podcast that can be downloaded or just relayed by wire in the building. Indeed, if you can find another way of doing it we’ll happily call it radio. The website aims to provide a whole range of useful advice for teachers, supervisors and students. Equally important it provides a forum in which all those involved in schools radio can share the views and experiences. Teachers and other station managers are also encouraged to submit the best of their programming to SchoolsRadio.com so that it may be made available for listening by others. CLICK HERE for more details
Parent Pay – Online school payments
ParentPay is the web payment service that lets parents pay online by credit & debit card or in cash at PayPoint stores to schools and school suppliers.
Payment collection for schools
Manage all parent payments: web payments, cash and cheques. ParentPay® is the unique web based service that enables parents to make secure online payments by credit and debit card to schools and other service providers, for example caterers. Revolutionising the way schools collect income, our unique online solution enables secure online collection of payments for anything from school meals and trips, to uniform and music lessons. ParentPay offers a socially inclusive service making the cashless school a reality; parents unable to pay online can pay in cash through the PayPoint network in local convenience stores. ParentPay reduces the time spent on administration, minimises cash held on school premises and makes the whole income collection process safer and more convenient for schools, parents and children. CLICK HERE for more details
Projectors – With no lamp!
Equipped with Laser & LED Hybrid Light Source World First High-Brightness projector without mercury
CASIO successfully developed an original new semiconductor light source technology combining a Red by red LED, Blue by a blue laser and Green converted by phosphor from a blue laser. This source achieves high luminance over 2000 ANSI lumens safely by employing a phosphor device to modify the wavelengths and phases of blue laser light through DLP® system.
the tendency toward degradation of the brightness. CLICK HERE for more details
Long-life light source with reduced brightness degradation Adopting a new semiconductor-based system has enabled CASIO to realize 10 times of longer light source life of approximately 20,000 hours. Compared with conventional high-brightness projectors employing mercury lamps (such as XJS58), this cuts the cost as well as the time and effort involved in exchanging lamps dramatically, while at the same time maintaining clear, high-quality images over an extended period by reducing
Lucid – Dyslexia Screening
Welcome Research Developing software for developing minds
Screening and Assessment Easy to administer, reliable screening and assessment for personalised learning, ability, dyslexia and SEN. Ages 4 to adult Visual Stress (Meares-Irlen) Objective computerised identification of visual stress that causes reading problems. Ages 4 to adult. Booster Range Enjoyable range of software to improve memory, concentration, attention, reading and comprehension. Ages 4 to 14+ Online dyslexia test Spot Your Potential, the online dyslexia screener developed in partnership with the British Dyslexia Association.
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BrowseAloud reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online. Reading large amounts of text on screen can be difficult for those with literacy and visual impairments. 7 million people in the UK have literacy problems, many of whom have downloaded BrowseAloud already. By subscribing to BrowseAloud for your website, you will greatly increase the number of people who can access the content on your site. Find out more about: Using BrowseAloud PC or Mac – what does BrowseAloud do? BrowseAloud voices – there are many voices available for use with BrowseAloud Read more about BrowseAloud – what is involved in making your site BrowseAloudfriendly? Free trial on your site – get a free trial of BrowseAloud for your website Contact Us – get in touch if you want to find out more CLICK HERE for more details
Visualisers – ELMO 1ex
A quantum leap for teaching The L-1ex, a modern, portable alternative to the overhead projector, supports you in creating an interesting and appealing lesson. The multiple applications of the ELMO Visualiser together with any standard projector, offer you a new dimension in media even at the planning stage of teaching. You will be amazed how quickly the new technology will benefit learning results. SD Card Do you still photocopy worksheets before classes? The L-1ex dispenses with this task because it is able to give information to all students at once. You can write worksheets during class and save them on the SD card. Later you can easily send these files to all participants by email.
It has everything! Bright LED for optimum illumination in darkened rooms Suitable for microscope view SD/SDHC card slot for saving work results, etc. SXGA resolution is possible Many networking options with standard interfaces Moving pictures, up to 30 images per second 5.2x optical zoom with auto-focus Automatic brightness control for all lighting levels Robust design, sturdy casing Simple to use – no computer
required A3 viewing area for complete viewing of maps, large books, experiments, etc. The technology of the future at excellent value for money Licence-free software makes it possible to create films, among other things CLICK HERE for more details
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Blue Sky – Linking PM and CPD
The power to deliver excellence in Performance Management and CPD BlueSky is the leading online solution to the challenge of linking Performance Management and CPD objectives to your School Development Plan. It’s simple, efficient, cost-effective and web based, so it’s accessible anytime from anywhere. ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ We support: Primary to Secondary NQTs and their Mentors to Aspiring Leaders Single organisations Federations and Clusters Training Schools Special Schools CLICK HERE for more details
School Improvement System
Streamline all your school improvement processes with one user friendly tool.
Bluewave SWIFT has won a BETT Award in the category of Supporting Institutional Leadership and Management Solutions
SWIFT Online school improvement system
All in one user friendly on-line system : Self-Evaluation & SEF, School Development Planning and Performance Management Brilliant and simple tools for each area intelligently linked together to aid efficiency and save time Easy to implement across the whole school, gets everyone contributing and no more paper trails
snapshot on: Safeguarding
Use the in-built Framework specifically designed to address all the key issues around safeguarding. Focus on the quality of your work – we’ll do the administration. CLICK HERE for more details
APP – Classroom Monitor
Classroom Monitor is an online markbook, to help you record pupil progress against criteria from APP (Assessing Pupil Progress), feed recordkeeping into tracking, target setting and reporting to parents.
Using Classroom Monitor gives you a consistent school-wide approach to your teacher assessment which you can access instantly, and a simple and manageable way of implementing both APP and engaging parents with effective and meaningful reports.
Classroom Monitor Secondary Benefits
We know that your time is precious and what time you do have should be spent actually teaching pupils. We believe in creating teacher friendly solutions to save you time and to ensure effective working practices across your school.
Classroom Monitor Secondary is simple, an online APP (Assessing Pupil Progress) markbook that saves you time, simplifies your APP recording and provides your school or department with a consistent approach to APP which can be shared and accessed anytime anywhere. We’ve created a simple, timesaving solution that can simplify your teacher assessment. CLICK HERE for more details »
Student rewards – Sorted!
Designed by schools for schools, Vivo Miles is the complete rewards and sanction system. Developed with the latest web technology and easy to administer, Vivo Miles is helping rewards become a powerful way to raise standards and for students to achieve economic well-being, across the world. Learn More » The scheme offers:
◦ Buy-in A single rewards programme or culture that’s understood and valued by all students aged 11 to 18, regardless of talent or ability. ◦ Its own currency and ‘plastic’ Students amass and trade Vivos (V) for your choice of goods or services (and develop their financial capability in the process).
◦ Positive choices A way to reward young people for reaching healthier decisions about eating and exercise. ◦ Investment in learning A framework that actively supports ‘Every Child Matters’ in all its aspirations, including economic well-being. ◦ CLICK HERE for more details
Music School Manager
Written in-conjunction with Mortimer Rhind-Tutt, Senior Music School Master at Millfield School in Somerset, the system has been written by Music Master Specialists with a passion for music. The philosophy behind the development of the MSM system has been the same as that for all CJM software: usability and flexibility, and always tested at the sharp end, in school. This is not just an administration system, but also, an active management system for every aspect of a music school. It provides relevant information for teachers and music administrators alike in the format that they want and need to see it. With key members of the development team having direct experience of running a music department, this has directly influenced the design of the system to ensure that it covers all the key areas that a Music School Master would need to run a Music Department and much, much more. Whilst we can describe the system in some detail, the ease of use and the flexibility only really becomes apparent
when you have a look at the system. Call us now on (01452) 857991 to arrange a full demonstration or contact us for more details through the contacts page of the web site. CLICK HERE for more details
Online marking – Red Pen tool
Intuitive on-screen marking, assessment tool for teachers.
The Red Pen Tool provides an intuitive means for teachers to mark, annotate and add assessment notes to student work digitally – just like you are used to doing on paper! • No need to install any special software – Until now, when assessing student work electronically, you must have installed on your computer the actual software application that the student used to create the work in order to actually view the work. All you need to use the Red Pen Tool is a Flash plug-in. The Red Pen Tool then automatically converts the student coursework into a Flash readable file format which teachers can access automatically. • Teachers can add notes or comments, indicate where in the work that a learning/assessment objective has been met, assign marks in the margin, highlight sections of the student coursework – just like teachers already do now on paper. • The original student coursework is not altered – All teacher comments, notes and annotations appear on a separate transparent layer that sits on top of the original student work. • Teachers can share their comments and the marked work with their students electronically via the Red Pen Tool. • CLICK HERE for more details
Guroo – Functional Skills
Guroo is based in the North East of England. Our mission is to provide a fantastic range of learning resources that students use for learning Functional Skills in mathematics, English and ICT at level 1 and level 2. Guroo uses a mixture of on-line and off-line learning resources including videos to engage students in the learning tasks, podcasts which are great for revision, test questions to re-inforce learning and provide instant feedback and a great range of learning tasks with solutions and learning feedback, all based on real life themes. At the heart of guroo are realistic, relevant and appropriate on-line learning materials that support 14-19 year old students in the three Functional Skills subjects. Our materials include:
◦ 46+ Learning Challenges covering Mathematics, English and ICT at level 2, level 1, and entry level 3 ◦ 50+ Videos and Podcasts ◦ 500+ Interactive questions based on Functional Skills tests ◦ 600+ Interactive questions based on Key Skills/ALAN tests ◦ 150+ Contextualised downloadable learning tasks supporting underlying learning for Functional Skills and KS/ALAN ◦ 150+ Learning feedback and solutions to learning tasks ◦ 90+ Lesson plans ◦ CLICK HERE for more details
Radio in Schools
Provide high quality, professional and engaging tools, resources and advice for schools, teachers, students and parents Ensure technical barriers to entry for all remain low Promote speaking, listening and creativity across the curriculum and beyond; with links to Literacy Frameworks, the National Curriculum and Creative & Media Diplomas Provide links to local radio stations and the professional radio industry Radio in Schools is aimed at infant, primary & secondary schools, colleges, universities and youth
organisations across the UK.
Radio in Schools won the Arqiva Social Action Initiative Award 2006 and was nominated for an NDL Radio Academy Promotions and Marketing Award 2009. Radio in Schools is supported by Global Radio and the Heart Network, TLT Solicitors, BT, The National Literacy Trust and The University of the West of England. To find out more about Radio in Schools and what the service offers, visit the Join Radio in Schools section CLICK HERE for more details
ForwardFor – Distance Learning content
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FILMCLUB gives pupils and teachers the chance to explore the world of film through after school film clubs. With free weekly screenings, online reviewing, industry events and hands on support, FILMCLUB inspires, excites and opens up new avenues for learning. SO WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT IT? Although it’s fun just watching movies with your friends, that’s not all FILMCLUB offers. Immersing yourself in a vibrant mix of vintage hits, international classics, blockbusters, art movies and all points in between, seeing films made years ago and others fresh out this week, stories produced in every corner of the world… well, it’s a surefire way to find yourself dazzled, provoked, amused, shocked and uplifted. (And sometimes all at once.)
CAN I JOIN? From the biggest inner-city secondary to the smallest rural primary school, all statefunded schools in England can become part of the FILMCLUB community for free. Teachers or 6th form students can join up online and we’ll do all we can to help you run a great film club. (But if you’re not a teacher at a state-funded school in England and you’re interested in what we do, don’t worry – we’ll see if we can help.) WILL I LEARN ANYTHING? We’ll be encouraging you to watch films from all over the world, made in every possible era, so you can explore countless different cultures, characters and new ways of telling stories. By discussing and writing about the films, you’ll sharpen your critical skills and impress your friends with your encyclopedic film knowledge. IS IT REALLY FREE? Yes – FILMCLUB is absolutely free if you’re a state funded school in England. We believe that all young people deserve access to as many films made as possible. Funding from the Department for Children, Schools and Families is helping us to make that happen. CLICK HERE for more details
Room and Resource booking
The online Room Booking System maximises the usage of rooms and facilities within schools by increasing efficiency whilst eliminating double bookings. The system is unique as it integrates with the school timetable (single, bi-weekly, x-day) accounting for timetabled lessons therefore the room can only be booked when it is free of lessons.
load associated with paper based booking systems. CLICK HERE for more details
Why use the Room Booking System? The web based room booking software can be accessed from any internet connected computer. There is nothing to set up or install. Double bookings are eliminated as the system manages the scheduling of rooms and resources on its own as opposed to a member of staff. Maintenance is simple yet flexible allowing the system to run by itself without the manual work
BIO Recognition – BSF?
As the world grows more sophisticated, you need to be sure the access control systems you install are capable of handling today’s security challenges. Both BioLock+ and its big brother BioScan meet those challenges. The demand for higher security and the use of biometrics as a way to atchieve it, is increasing. Keys (even electronic keys) can be copied, lost, borrowed or stolen. The fingerprint Provides a ‘key’ that does not have these traditional problems. With BioLock+ and BioScan, Bio Recognition Systems (BRS) have taken that ‘key’ and designed the ‘lock’. Both products use radio frequency sensor technology to read below the skin to the fingerprint underneath, providing a secure solution that will only read a real finger. Biolock+ provides a cost effective solution for homes and small to medium buisnesses amd can work standalone or as a part of a network of readers
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Donate old ICT equiptment for a good cause
Computer Aid International offers a complete service to companies replacing their hardware. We are experts in end-of life IT asset management, including data destruction, computer refurbishment, reuse, and recycling. Donating your computers to
Computer Aid guarantees compliance with all UK legislation, including the WEEE Directive, Data Protection Act and Environment Act. We provide solutions to corporations, including blue-chip companies and major multinationals, as well as SMEs, local authorities, central government departments and educational institutions. We also accept donations from individuals. To find out more please visit the individual PC donations page. For more information on donating PCs to Computer Aid please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 361 5540 CLICK HERE for more details
Make links with schools in Africa
Connecting Classrooms builds lasting partnerships between schools in the UK and others around the world. Through these partnerships, the programme develops trust and understanding between young people in different societies, creating a safer and more connected world for the future. To ensure sustainability, clusters of schools participating in the programme are also co-ordinated by their local authority/ federation of schools, district education office, or other co-ordinating body. Read more about roles and responsibilities (in the UK). Partnerships last for two to three years, initially, depending on the countries involved. There is no joining fee, and participating schools and co-ordinating bodies can receive grants to support activities that sustain their links during their involvement in the programme.