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Parental Engagement Presentation (transform) – FROG 11 (ICC 14 June 2011)

14 June 2011

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Hi everyone, I have managed to get the presentation that Iain Williams and I delievered at the National Learning Platforms conference uploaded onto Slideshare, ready for delegates (and anyone else!) to access. I’m sorry that are presentation was cut short by the previous session over running. I will be adding a narrative to the Slideshare […]

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Google Calendar now gets appointments

8 June 2011

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This will be of particular to interests to those educators who have a Google Edu Domain. Some great new functionality has been added to Google calendars, namely the ability to add and define appointment slots. A fantastic way to manage parent consultation evenings. You highlight the start and finish time of the appointment zone and […]

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GoogleBody – Great for Human Biology/PE

8 June 2011

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Well, Google have surpassed themselves now – not only do we have google maps for mapping our terrain and landscape. We now have Google Body – the simplest analogy that I can think of is Google Earth for the human body. I can see this latest offering from Google being a valuable aid to the […]

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Just what Tech do students have?

5 June 2011

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I have just conducted a survey of the technology that is owned by our students across the college, as well as how they use tech on a day-to-day basis. The survey was run using  Google Form that was then embedded into FROG, our E-Learning solution. We have just over 1000 students on role across Y7-11 […]

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Costello Technology College – Shortlisted for TES Schools Award

28 May 2011

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I am really pleased to be in a position to announce that the work of myself and others at Costello Technology College has been once again recognised nationally by our successful shofrt list for the TES Schools Award in 2011. We have been nominated and made the shortlist for the “Outstanding ICT Learning initiative or […]

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Costello Technology College Shortlisted for ICT Register Showcase Award

8 January 2010

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Yes, it’s official! Costello has been shortlisted for an ICT Register Showcase award by a panel based on our submitted portfolio, portfolio of strengths and presence on the ICT Register website. Our submission has been based on the fantastic progress we have made tackling parental engagement through the use of our parent portal, alongside how […]

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Online Publishing Service – YUDU

14 November 2009

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Thought I would share this with everyone as I think it is absolutely brilliant. Our newsletter is a fantastic publication which we have traditionally printed out to go out to all of our parents as an A5 publication. As good as it was photo’s were not in colour and it was not the most environmentally […]

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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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Parent Portal AUP

1 October 2009

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We did not feel we could launch the parent portal, without putting a specific AUP in place. Below is the AUP (Revision 1), I am sure that this will need to be tweaked and re-issued over the next few weeks, but it is a starting point. Feel free to lift it for your own use, […]

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Parent Portal launches to Year 7 parents

1 October 2009

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I know it has been a while since my last post, and for that I apologise. It has been a truly manic few weeks back focusing on getting technology, protocols, pedagogy and practice right for our launch of the parent portal. I’m going to endeavour to put together some of the key elements we have […]

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