The Leicester City Council BSF webpages are currently being updated. We’ve been asked to provide resources linking to and supporting our ICT thematic areas. We’ve rounded these up in one handy place for you here. These lists are of course not exhaustive – but you should find something of use and interest.
Space and Place
A report on young people in Leicester’s priorities for their school environment and for the use of technology to support learning.
Laura Taylor produced a guidance document for Leicester City Council BSF schools –. This report was created to support schools in thinking about the use of existing space and in considering future design or refurbishment of Learning Resource Centre spaces. The guide is provided under a Creative Commons Licence and is available for download here in PDF or Word document format.
The SLA annual competition for School Library Design guidance notes are well worth reviewing, and can support the development of the use of your school library space, even if you aren’t thinking of entering. Previous competition winners have included a wide range of older as well as new libraries – it rewards innovation, creativity and resourcefulness in the use of making the most of library space.
Key issues around home-school relationship, providing schools with a framework in which to consider how to support these relationships, and how to navigate the challenges afforded by the use of digital technologies.
An introduction to the Flipped Classroom approach with links to further resources and information.
Head Teacher Tom Rees’s reflections on using Facebook to engage the wider school community.
CPD and Innovation
This report follows a structured online discussion looking at how the effective use of technology in schools can be realised to support better teaching and learning. It considers how teachers can best develop the right skills; how learning is organised and delivered; and how education can be agile in adapting to new technology developments.
Resources, updates and reports from Leicester City Council’s BSF ICT Team.
The Enquiring Schools Programme, CPD workshops, projects and Resources from Futurelab.
Vital aims to support practitioners in sharing their expertise and enhance the quality of teaching and learning. Their remit includes the embedded use of new technologies across the curriculum, digital literacy; computing (the discipline), IT (the subject) and the use of data (e.g. MIS). Their site houses subject and specialist forums, and events calendar and a range of resources.
Naace is a professional association representing the voice of the UK education technology community in the schools sector. They provide a range of resources, activities and run events and CPD opportunities.
Networked Learning and Communities
Research and case studies relating to models of technology provision in schools, including 1:1 computing, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Digital Leaders programmes, Cloud Computing and Flipped Classroom.
Resources from the US Digital Media and Research Hub on the Connected Educators Initiative
Learn how to use web 2.0 and social media tools to become a connected educator.
Round up of links to information and resources looking at using Twitter in the classroom, for Professional Development, and for sharing, co-operation and collaboration.
Twitter Workshop (2012)
Presentation on using twitter for learning and teaching, and to develop personal learning networks.
Information for schools from the ICO. Includes guidance on data management, Freedom of Information and use of biometric technologies.
Information for young people on date protection and managing personal information online
This report examines the ability of young people in Britain to critically evaluate information they consume online.
A collection of short study skill activities, including search, evaluation, communication and sharing online.
Information for parents and teachers about Bring Your Own Device approaches, including planning, policy and implementation issues.
Why we are looking at BYOD approaches in Leicester City Schools, including links to BYOD related resources.
Open Educational Resources by and for educators across all subjects. The site collects and curates openly licenced resources from across the globe.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Includes links to Open Educational Resources
Innovative Science, Design and Technology and Geography resources that focus on a whole range of sustainable issues including renewable energy and climate change
The free resources include lesson plans, activities, posters, challenges, images, videos and games all set within a global context.
The Sustainable Technology Education Project (STEP) aims to increase people’s awareness of sustainable technology, enabling them to recognise the economic, environmental and social impacts of their own technology choices.
Alan Day, Head of ICT Strategy at Kent County Council, provides an overview of the issues and approaches schools can take to adopt greener approaches to their ICT use – both through investment and better use of existing systems.
The Greening ICT programme was designed to deliver on JISC’s key strategic priority of enabling the greening of ICT in the Higher and Further Education sectors through organisational change and harnessing the research strengths of the sector to help deliver solutions for education and the wider constituency.
Although focused on the FE and HE sectors, there is information, research and guidance that will be of interest to schools, for example on computer room efficiency and the use of thin client devices.
eSafety and Cyberbullying
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.
This website showcases some of the exciting activities and events that take place across the globe to celebrate the day, and houses useful, up to date free resources for schools.
European children’s use, risk and safety online. Research and recommendations regarding young people’s engagement with technology. The projects reports and findings are available here.
Information for educators, parents, carers, and young people on staying safe online and being responsible digital citizens. Advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and how these relate to and affect online experiences and behaviours.
A wide range of resources aimed at parents, teachers and young people to connect, share and do good online – promoting the safe, positive use of technology.
Programme of practical activities that develop young people’s skills, self-confidence and safety awareness when using social networking sites. Designed to work on safe social networks, the free materials and teacher resources will enable a school to easily deliver engaging activities and develop digital literacy skills. The Safe Programme and resources are free for schools and designed for young people aged 7-11 and 11-16.
A project focusing on improving e-Safety for all learners with learning difficulties and disabilities.
This Australian project aimed to give parents a close-up view of how and why young people use technology, and assess what impact this has on parents’ own digital literacy, and asked young people to design and deliver online safety workshops for parents.