This term's ICT coordinators' meeting was a select gathering - thanks to those people that managed to come - it was great to see you. Unfortunately, a number of coordinators could not make it due to diary clashes and the knock-on effects of this week's poor weather. For the benefit of those people and anyone else who is interested, here's a brief rundown of the main things that were covered:
2 Simple Software - 2DIY
Nigel and Katie from 2Simple software presented their latest and very exciting product to us - 2Do It Yourself. This great software package enables teachers and pupils alike to quickly and easily create their own flash-based activities to reinforce a learning objective, assess knowledge or just for fun. Finished activities are automatically exported as flash files that can then be shared via an MLE, the internet, in IWB presentations and many other ways.
The product is as easy to use as the rest of the 2simple products, and has great potential as a really inspiring and transformational tool for learning and teaching.
See example activities, find out more and even order a free trial here.
Online / E-Safety Strand for new SOW now available
The online / E-Safety strand for the new scheme of work is now available to download in the scheme of work fronter room. We would welcome any comments on this draft version that has been written in conjunction with Barnet and Kensington & Chelsea LAs. It will be publicly available online soon on the LGfL website and a link will be posted here as soon as that happens.
Don't forget our weblinks available online at www.delicious.com/islington_primary_ict . These are added to at least a couple of times a week and can be fully searched by keyword tag. 139 links and counting.
You can also use the website yourself top save and share bookmarks. The big advantage of this is that the links are accessible from any computer - very handy if like me you work on 2 or 3 different computers regularly.
Safer Internet Day
10th February is Safer Internet Day - don't forget to plan an assembly or activities for your school during this week. Assembly resources can be downloaded from www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers but you will need to register.
Hands on Support Sessions
Don't forget to book any remaining hands on support sessions as they need to be used by the end of this term and our diaries are filling fast!