Falkirk Education Services

Malcolm Wilson, ICT Curriculum Development Officer for Falkirk Council Education Services, maintains an excellent blog to help support the development of ICT in primary schools. The blog contains a wealth of information and links to help the busy class teacher get the most out of ICT.  Malcolm’s blog was shortlisted in the Education Blog Awards 2012 “Most Influential Blog” category.

Click here to visit the blog.

Computer Suites

The use of computer suites in education is hotly debated topic. Some teachers love the convenience of having a class set of computers even though they have to wait until their allotted time to use them. Other teachers prefer to have the computers distributed between all of the classrooms so that they can access them in response to the needs of the pupils. Are the days of ICT class lessons over? Can a new skill/resource/activity be demonstrated just as well on the interactive whiteboard? What do you think? Read over the articles listed below and post your comments.

School computer suites: a bad idea?

Are computer suites required in primary schools?

Alternatives to school computer suites?

Computers in suites vs. computers in classrooms

How (not) to develop ICT literacy in pupils.


An international study examining the use of ICT in education.

Interactive Whiteboard

Interactive whiteboards are now common items of equipment in our classrooms. Teachers now consider them an indispensable tool in teaching and learning.

The software that comes with the whiteboard has a wealth of features to help class teachers in their work. Make sure that you are gaining the full benefit from the software that comes with your whiteboard. Promethean has published a variety of resources on their website for you to use in your classroom. they also offer on line training. Click here to visit the Promethean website and explore what the program has to offer.

Sharing web links

It is good to share information about useful websites that you come across. Sometimes the web addresses (URL) of sites, or particular pages on a site, are rather long and contain a variety of strange looking characters. Even when you cut and paste the link into an email, when the recipient of the email receives the link the formatting has been broken and the link does not work.

There are a number of websites where you can paste in the web address of a site and it is converted into a much shorter address which makes it easier to share with others.

One such service is glo.li which not only shortens the URL but also produces a QR code. A QR code is an easy way for Smartphones to pick up the address for a website.  Click here to visit the site.

The short URL for this blog, using glo.li,  is:

http://glo.li/10hAiUY

Copy and paste this URL into the address bar of your web browser.
The QR code for this blog is:

If you have a Smartphone with QR software, try scanning the above.

Another URL shortening service is TinyURL. Click here for further information about this service.

Internet Safety

CEOP, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, provides training and education resources for practitioners to use with children and young people to increase their understanding of online safety. The “Thinkuknow” website provides comprehensive and up to date Internet safety information and resources. You will find local, national and international resources covering a range of Internet safety issues; including cyberbullying, grooming and at social networking.

Click here to visit the Thinkuknow website.

Self Evaluation

It is important that ICT is seen as a natural part of good learning and teaching. The challenge is to use it effectively to maximise learning and to enhance and enrich teaching. To ensure that we are using all of our ICT resources effectively we must carry out regular reviews of how ICT is impacting on teaching and learning.
 
There is a ready made tool which will help to review how effective ICT is being used in your establishment. The MIICE partnership (Measurement of the Impact of ICT on Children’s Education) has produced a toolkit that will assist schools in evaluating the use of ICT. Click here for further information.