Tablet use in schools continues to rise as barriers to adoption shift, new research from the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has revealed.
The annual ‘Tablets and Connectivity’ survey of 632 UK schools (335 primary, 297 secondary), conducted in June 2015,suggests that 71 per cent of primary and 76 per cent of secondary schools (an increase from 56 per cent in 2014 in both school types) are making use of tablets in the classroom. Currently, there are estimated to be 721,000 tablets for use by pupils in classrooms across UK maintained schools and academies, and it is forecast that by the end of 2016 this number will have increased to over 946,000.
A talented young girl is celebrating today after winning more than £2,000 of ICT equipment for her school.
Eleven year old, Abbie Wallace from Furnace Primary School in Furnace, Argyll, took the top prize in the nationwide TECHBOT Competition, after her artwork was selected from more than 4,000 entries. Abbie has won for her school a brand new ClassBuddy™ ‘Charge and Sync’ trolley from LapSafe® Products, with her artwork displayed as a graphic on the doors. Abbie has also won her school 5 brand-new iPad Air’s complete with cases and an iPad and case for herself to take home. The iPad cases also display the winning artwork.
Over the past year, award-winning online markbook and pupil assessment tool, Classroom Monitor, has released a number of free white papers and guides related to the new National Curriculum and areas of uncertainty within schools.
Having seen a great deal of support for the free downloads, particularly the ‘Ofsted Good to Outstanding’ and ‘Assessing Without Levels: Your Checklist for Change’ white papers, this month Technical Director Chris Scarth aims to demystify assessment models through the latest free download, ‘Creating an Assessment Model for the New Curriculum’.
Apps for Good, the free education programme dedicated to closing the digital skills gap, has announced 18 teams of students as finalists in the Apps for Good Awards, to be held on 18 June at the Barbican in London.
The national Apps for Good Awards celebrate the next generation of problem solvers and digital-makers, young people who are creating apps to change their world for good. The 18 finalist teams, made up of students aged 12-19, will now compete in one of six thematic categories for the chance to work with experts and see their apps come to life.
Following its success in 2015, Futures is returning to Bett 2016, providing inspirational ed-tech start-ups with the opportunity to showcase their products and services to more than 35,000 visitors.
The adoption of ‘flipped learning’ in post-16 education appears to be increasing rapidly according to research released today from the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).
Flipped learning, a term used to describe blended learning in which students learn at home, and then carry out their homework in class, is regularly used in 19 per cent (400) of post-16 establishments. A further 40 per cent of the 2,138 post-16 schools and colleges also stated that they are looking to introduce the pedagogy in the near future.
Calling all teachers – it’s time to pre-register for this year’s World Education Games, an exciting, free-to-enter global online event for schools and students all over the world, organised by 3P Learning, award-winning, global leaders in digital curriculum resources, and supported by children’s charity UNICEF.