Is it the ICT or the USE of ICT?

An interesting debate has been sparked on  the Naace newslist recently which was started by a document entitled “Toolkit of Strategies to Improve Learning” ( which is a paper which makes recommendations about how to spend the Pupil Premium and was produced by the CEM Centre of Durham University.

The debate has been rekindled into exactly what we should be focussing on to raise standards.  A lot of money was pumped into UK schools to improve standards, but the majority of that was used to purchase hardware and software.  The feeling of many people is that school standards will only be raised using ICT if staff are given high-quality training in how to harness the technology they have!  At a time when UK school’s budgets have been significantly reduced many Head Teachers are faced with the dilemma of shedding staff or significantly reducing CPD, in some cases to say NO to CPD at all!  Surely something is wrong here?


Kinect™, Kindles™, Know How and Learning Impact!

From Naace and Vital

Engaging Schools with 3rd Millennium Learning Development.

Meet experts and enthusiasts in your area to learn about groundbreaking impact of technology in schools.

Come along and join in an afternoon or twilight session with representatives of Vital, Naace and local schools who are reaping the benefits of inspired use of technology.

Attendance at this event will offer your school the following opportunities:

•    To receive free access to three (Vital) new subject Portals for five of your staff
•    To engage in a trial project using Kinect in your classrooms
•    To be part of a test-bed of schools using Kindles to empower learning
•    To hear about how you can be a pilot school for 3rd Millennium Learning award
•    To meet school representatives in your area that want to collaborate with you through the use of technology
•    To learn more about the free Self-review Framework; the key points to make it all work efficiently
•    To gain access to Vital’s collaboration tools
•    To have access to Vital’s Online conferencing system (inter school networking)
•    To receive Top Tips document for 10 subject areas.

Schools taking part in the programme may be selected to report on impact upon teaching and learning at the Naace Strategic Conference 2012 and Vital website.

To find out more and for details of cost etc please visit

The Naace Conference 2011

If you are keen on lurking (virtually) during Educational Conferences then you might find that Twitter lights up from tomorrow!

The 2011 Naace Conference is taking place in Reading (UK) starting on Tuesday 15th March and runs until Thursday 17th March.   This year’s theme is ‘Brave New World: Changing Times in Education’. You can find out more HERE.

The days are long with a TeachMeet taking place on the Tuesday evening, meaning that the Twitter stream will continue long into the evening (program here to see what you are missing!).

If you are keen to follow the Twitter stream, which will include people blogging on Keynote presentations, break-out sessions, debates as well as the TeachMeet, then search Twitter for #naace or #naace2011 or #naace11.

Many of the people we regularly mention and list on this blog will be attending so hopefully it will be well worth following if you can’t make it in person!

Naace’s ICT CPD 4 FREE!

At BETT 2010 Naace launched a new FREE website which allows you to sign up to complete online modules on ICT CPD development.  According to Dawn Hallybone “The training modules cover a range of topics including: assessment of ICT in Primary, ICT knowledge within the QCA Primary Framework and exploring digital resources. I think this is a great idea and credits can go towards the Naace online ICT Diploma”.  Enrol and give it a go – what have you got to loose?

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