ICT for Learning & Teaching in Falkirk Schools

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Networked PCs setup for all Falkirk Primary Schools

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Every primary school in Falkirk Council is provided with networked PCs which are refreshed every 3 or 4 years.  The number provided centrally is based on the size of the school.  Schools can also add to this number but the central provision provides the core for every primary school.

When this process was begun it was decided that a core range of open-ended software would be provided with the PCs.  This ensured all schools had a wide selection of tools to support teaching and learning in the classrooms.  And this also meant a common core image could be created by ICT Support Engineers to be able to provide more efficient support to schools by the central team of ICT Support Engineers.  Likewise centrally provided staff CPD courses could focus on the same software.  The software was chosen after consulations with schools and after evaluations of software in pilot schools.   The software chosen then was deliberately selected to be open-ended, in that it could be used across the curriculum, while also meeting the needs of the curriculum for primary schools.  Schools could also purchase curricular-specific or other software to be added to their own PCs if they wished.

So a wide range of software was selected, some purchased and some freely available.  This was arranged on each desktop in 5 folders to match the type of tool against the curricular requirements as follows:

  1. Creating and Presenting
  2. Collecting and Analysing
  3. Searching and Researching
  4. Communicating and Collaborating
  5. Controlling and Modelling

In 2010, based on feedback from school staff over the lifespan of the previous primary network and consultations with ICT Co-ordinators and members of the Primary ICT Consultative Group the following is the resulting specification from 2010 for the next few years.  With the introduction of Glow, providing the tools previously included in the Communicating and Collaborating folder, this folder was removed altogether.  And the Creating and Presenting folder (which contains the greatest number of software titles) has been subdivided into text, audio, video, typing tutors and learning resources.

1. Creating and Presenting
 Text
• Clicker 5 http://www.cricksoft.com/uk/products/clicker/index.htm 
• Co-writer 4000 http://www.donjohnston.com/products/cowriter/index.html
• Inspiration http://www.inspiration.com
• Kidspiration http://www.inspiration.com/Kidspiration
• Microsoft Windows Notepad text editor
• Windows Character Map 
• Microsoft Powerpoint 2007
• Microsoft Publisher 2007
Microsoft Word 2007
– with the addition of WordTalk from Edinburgh University www.wordtalk.org.uk including “Heather” Scottish voice (click here for support material).   The primary font Sassoon is installed in the fonts folder to be able to be used with Word and other programs.

Click on the link below for an interactive tool for using Word 2007 when you have been used to using Word 2003 http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/interactive-word-2003-to-word-2007-command-reference-guide-HA010074432.aspx

 Graphics
• Microsoft Office Picture Manager
• RM Colour Magic http://www.rm.com/shops/rmshop/product.aspx?cref=PD1105
• Picassa 3 free from http://picasa.google.com
• Microsoft Windows 7 Paint
• Microsoft Windows 7 Snipping Tool

Click here for resources relating to supporting use of image manipulation tools

• ComicLife – www.complasq.com

Click here for resources supporting the use of Comic Life and other comic-creation tools in the primary classroom.
 Audio
• Audacity – free from http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ 

Click here for resources supporting use of Audacity and similar tools.
• Compose World Play music sequencer http://www.espmusic.co.uk/composeworld_play_desc.html

Click here for resources supporting the use of music sequencers in the primary classroom.
• Sound Recorder from Microsoft Windows accessories
• Finale Notepad 2008 free version from http://www.finalemusic.com/notepad/

Click here fore resources supporting the use of Finale Notepad and other music notation tools.
 Typing Tutors
• Kidtype – free from www.kidwaresoftware.com/kidtype.htm
• Typing Tutor – free from www.aetech.co.uk/ttutor/download.php

Click here for resources supporting the use of typing tutors in the primary classroom.
 Video
• Microsoft Photo Story 3 – free from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx

Click here for resources supporting the use of Microsoft Photostory 3 in the primary classroom.
• Flash Slideshow Maker – free from www.flash-slideshow-maker.com
• Microsoft Windows Live Movie Maker

Click here fore resources supporting the use of Microsoft Windoes Live Movie Maker in the classroom.

• SAM animation software free demo version from http://www.samanimation.com/

Click here for resources supporting the use of SAM Animation software and other animation tools for use in the primary classroom.
• Windows Media Player
• Real Player
• Quicktime
• DVD Player
• 2DIY flash animation creator from 2Simple http://www.2simple.com/2diy/

Click here for resources to support the use of 2DIY software in the primary classroom.

• Easi-View visualiser software and drivers http://www.tts-group.co.uk/Product.aspx?cref=TTSPR1364695

Click here for resources supporting the use of this visualiser and others in the primary classroom.

 Learning Resources
• MyWorld 3 http://www.dialsolutions.com/myworld3/
• Google Earth free from http://earth.google.co.uk/

Click on this link for resources supporting the use of Google earth in the primary classroom.

2. Collecting and Analysing
• RM Information Magic database program

Click on this link for resources supporting the use of databases in the primary classroom
• Microsoft Excel 2007
• RM Starting Graph
• RM Number Magic spreadsheet program

Click here for resources supporting the use of Starting Graph, Number Magic and other spreadsheet toolsin the primary classroom.
• Windows 7 Calculator
• 2Simple Infant Video Toolkit data handling software from 2Simple http://www.2simple.com/ivt/

Click here for resources supporting the use of Infant Video Toolkit data handling software in the primary classroom.
• LogIT Explorer Data-logging device software – www.commotion.co.uk

Click here for resources to support the use of this data logger in the primary classroom

3. Communicating and Collaborating
• Internet Explorer

4. Controlling and Modelling
• Yenka Technology Basic Circuits (was Crocodile Clips 3 Elementary)free  from www.yenka.com/Yenka/Yenka_Downloads/
• Crocodile ICT Control Free from www.crocodile-clips.com 
• Stepmania dancemat software – free from http://www.stepmania.com/

Click here for resources to support the use of Stepmania dancemat software in the primary classroom.
• Google SketchUp free from http://sketchup.google.com/

Click here for resources supporting the use of Google Sketchup in the primary classroom
• Roamerworld http://www.valiant-technology.com/uk/pages/roamer_rworld.php
• MSW Logo from www.softronix.com/logo.html

Click herefore resources to support the use of Roamerworld, MSW Logo and other programming and robot tools for use in the primary classroom

• Teacher Tools
o iTalc ICT suite teacher management tool (free from http://italc.sourceforge.net/home.php)
o SMART Notebook with SMART Response http://www.mysmartspaces.co.uk/
o Windows DVD Maker
o Microsoft Research Auto Collage 2008

Click here for resources to support the use of Microsoft Research AutoCollage Creator
o SEEMIS Click + Goo
o Format Factory – for converting a variety of file types (image, audio and video) http://www.formatoz.com/

Click here for resources to support the use of Format Factory and other file conversion tools.
o Windows Media Encoder for screen recording free from http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/Encoder4_Overview.aspx
o Hot Potatoes (interactive material creator) free from www.halfbakedsoftware.com

Click here for resources to support the use of Hot Potatoes and other quiz-creation tools in the primary classroom.

Other functionality included for users:
1. CutePdf Writer for pdf creation as printer driver free from www.cutepdf.com from  http://sourceforge.net
2. Acrobat Reader
3. Flash Player free from www.macromedia.com.
4. Shockwave player 
5. Browsealoud internet webpage reader from www.browsealoud.com

There are shortcut links on the desktop to report ICT issues to ICT Support engineers via the central Service desk, the council intranet, My Documents, Pupil Shared area and staff Shared area.
The school name appears on the desktop.

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