Here’s some of the other things I heard today…
Best Value Technology
Helpful insights from Paul Shoesmith on how to make the most of your money and ICT resources in schools. Some of his suggestions:
- Use what’s in your cupboards already. That USB webcam could also make a cheap visualiser!
- Think about your total cost of ownership before buying. Cheaper upfront may not be in the long term, i.e. cheaper printer but expensive toner.
- Paper. Huge amounts of money is wasted on printing that is unnecessary. In what ways could schools go paperless and save money?
‘Leading Creatively Costs Nothing’
The CEO of the Pearson Group came and talked about the importance of creativity. It was quite inspiring really, although trickier to put into practice due to the limitations and structures of our current schooling system. I loved her accounts of how six-year-olds might finish well-known sayings. For example: Strike while the…bug’s near. Don’t bite the hand…that’s dirty. A penny saved…is not much.
Anyway. Stuck for creativity? Go for a walk. Put things aside. Make links between unlikely concepts. Ask “What can go right?” when calculating risks.
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E-safety 360 Scheme
Ken Corish from South West Grid for Learning talked about a school self-assessment for e-safety called 360 degree safe. It seems pretty thorough and can result in an official ‘E-safety Mark’ for your school as well.
This was quite interesting, with lots of information about where Fronter is headed. They seem to be making it more attractive to look at and easier to use. Good news indeed!
More to follow…