Transforming parental engagement with a Parent Portal

Now that I am on the train back home I thought that I would take the time to reflect on the session that Iain Williams and I delivered at the FROG conference yesterday, looking at how technology can shape transformational change with respect to how parents can engage in, and support, the education of their […]

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Interesting read – Government setting lead for school use of Facebook

An interesting article on can be found on Merlin John Online, written by Tony Parkin that looks at the relevance of Facebook and other social media by schools in light of recent adoptions by government on the use of Facebook. This is certainly something I have been interested in exploring. At Costello Technology College we […]

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#frog11 – National Learning Platform conference ICC 14 June

Queue music (Lenny Kravitz amongst others) and FROG11 opens at the ICC in Birmingham. Gareth Davies (FROG MD) opened the days proceedings with the launch of the schools self evaluation and school improvement programme. Schools, both at an organisational and individual level access this via the Frog community site. Schools go through and assess themselves […]

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

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

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

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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Blog is now iOS device friendly

The blog interface is now different/optimised for users accessing content from iOS devices (namely iPhone/iTouch). This should make reading of articles from these platforms more accessible and user friendly. Be interested to know what people think

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Just what Tech do students have?

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

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

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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