Event Elephant

I am always looking at developing systems that can enhance the schools ability to work with wider community groups. Back before Christmas we were approached by the SSaT to see if we would like to trail a new online event management service – EventElepant. I am not going to go into huge detail here now […]

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>Continual Reinforcement

Like any new developments they need to be revisited and reinforced. This week my SLT assemblies are focusing students as digital natives and how appropriate use of technology can supports students on their own, personalised learning journey to reach their academic potential. Needless to say we will be focusing on FROG and securing an understanding […]

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Progress update on transition portal

Work on the transition portal is coming along nicely – currently working on many of the assets that will be embedded into the portal ready for access by the Y6 students in our primary feeders. This is how things are looking at the moment: 1. Y11 student working on interactive map of the school – […]

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How do you go from wanting to do it to doing it

A dilemma for many senior leaders in schools is how to secure the vision for E-learning. How do you get staff to buy in and ensure e-adoption rates. I don’t think there is one universally accepted answer to this but I am firm believer in getting everyone involved at one level or another to secure […]

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>PODCASTS

GCSE Media Studies initial run of five podcasts went live today – total set up time by teacher – 5 mins. Students already subscribing to feed through iTunes/podcast catcher and the like. Great result and 110% from the Media Studies department – “Distributing engaging digital content to students could not be easier.” Part of the […]

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BETT 2009

Apologies for the lack of a post last week, it was a busy one. But busy in the sense that it was good and really productive. As we all know it’s that traditional time of year where people ramble down to Olympia to visit BETT to see what how the latest technology is innovating education […]

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Update with Secure gateway

Secure gateway is now set up and working like a treat. We are in the process of setting up the pooled machines for student access. We are using one of our Technology suites along with a Maths ICT suite to run Secure Gateway clients in the evening for students. Reason for choosing these rooms was […]

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Press Coverage

Photographers from both the Basingstoke Gazette and Hampshire Police were in school today covering the college’s use of FROG to develop positive relationships between our students and Hampshire Police. Our PCSO (Alex Wheatland), two of our Y7 sudents who have used the discussion forum to ask Alex questions along with myself were involved in the […]

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Secure Gateway at Costello

Secure Gateway is finally up and running. What is it? Simple – it is a service that gives all of our staff and students access to using school computers from home. Once authenticated through the learning platform students/staff can select a computer to use from a pool of remote machines. The benefits of this service […]

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Hampshire Police and FROG

Have been asked for a press release by Hampshire Police on FROG and how we are developing it’s use with our local Safer Neighbourhoods Team. Looks like this will get Hampshire Wide coverage within Hampshire Police internal publications as well as an article in the local Basingstoke Gazette. I had a meeting with Lee and […]

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