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Results of 2012 Student IT Survey – Impacts on strategic planning

2 August 2012

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The summer term at The Costello School is an important time for us to take stock and reflect on the technology and resources our students have and often bring in to school. For the past two years we have completed an annual technology survey of our students to gain important management information on device ownership […]

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Embracing Mobile Technologies in Schools

20 January 2012

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This week I have had an article on the use of Mobile Technoloiges in schools published in SecED, the full article can be read here. From reading the article you can probably guess that I am passionate about securing high quality learning outcomes for students using whatever means are appropriate. Often this can be through […]

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Learning Platforms: To Pay or Not to Pay?

16 June 2011

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There is a great article in SecED this week (June 16 2011) that starts to open the discussion about whether schools should pay for a learning platform from a service provider or go it alone with an open source solution. Very topical this week, having been watching a number of tweets against #FROG11. You can […]

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FROG Widgets – Shortlist showcased at #frog11

15 June 2011

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It was interesting to see the shortlisted widgets being showcased at the FROG conference yesterday. All kinds of widgets had been submitted into the competition for an iPad2. Congratulations must got to Chris Silverton from Ninestiles School who won for his widget that is a random name generator – great to run in the classroom […]

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Developing and enhancing school management through FROG

5 October 2009

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Have just been developing some new pages for our staff presence in FROG. Teaching staff now have to record all formal lesson observations using FROG – a great way to get a handle on the quality of teaching and learning. This information is then presented to SLT when they log on to the portal.

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Parental Engagement – FROG Conference 2009

13 June 2009

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Many of you will know that this year I presented a session on parental engagement and use of online portals at the FROG National learning platform conference, June 2009. I have been through my presentation again and recorded a screencast (below) for those that missed it. I hope to be blogging quite a bit more […]

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FROG National Conference in June

7 May 2009

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Many of you who have been following my blog will already know that I am presenting at the FROG national conference this year, specifically looking at parental engagement and the parent portal. The conference is now only a few weeks away and I am turning to all of you for a bit of help. I […]

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FROG Wins Education Resources Award 2009 – Best ICT Supplier (<£3m)

30 March 2009

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A big congratulations to FROGTrade on their accolade received 27 March 2009. BESA judges said “A company that shows an understanding of the needs of the school, its pupils, teachers and managers in a product area normally found difficult – learning platforms.” The judges were impressed by the user-friendly way the company works with schools […]

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SSaT Learning Platform think tank event – Birmingham

24 March 2009

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I was not going to post much about today, but a couple of tweets (thanks to #siborg) prompted me to be a little more reflective on my day up in Birmingham (Maple House – nice venue) attending the SSaT Learning Platform think tank event. When I saw the words ‘think tank’ in the course literature […]

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Specialism Portal

15 March 2009

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Stage 1 of the new specialism portal is going live this week. Over the past three months we have shaped some ideas as to what we would like in the new portal. In a nutshell we wanted somewhere where all staff could go to get relevant information about the school as a specialist technology college. […]

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