Learning Technology Training Services Integrating ICT with a little TLC

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A PRACTICAL FOCUS EMPOWERING STAFF FLEXIBILITY

Practical in both senses: our courses are 'hands-on', and imparted skills are clearly underpinned with successful pedagogical application to ensure all trainees can apply and relate their new skills directly into the classroom.

We believe that the foundation of excellent technology-enhanced teaching and learning comes from a position of assurance and confidence with the software and hardware.

We aim to provide training that suits your timescales, curricular needs, and the abilities of your staff. The course specifications listed below are for general guidance only.

Workshops, Presentations and Courses for using Learning Technologies to enhance:

Interactive Whiteboards are now staple items of teaching equipment in many classrooms. However, too often they are still used merely as glorified projection screens. The powerful toolsets offered by Smart Notebook and Promethean's ActivInspire software open the door to true interactivity and engaging learning that goes beyond token visits of pupils to the board.

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Exciting, practical sessions - or series of sessions - designed to give educators a plethora of engaging ideas, activities and inspiration for direct classroom application.

During these workshops, teachers will learn the secrets of achieving whole class engagement with simple but highly effective IWB techniques, including:

  • Advanced text manipulation and annotation techniques
  • Enhancing questioning and thinking skills
  • Innovative uses of hide-and-reveal
...as well as revelatory reversals of common myths and preconceptions about Interactive Whiteboards.

Practical, user-friendly and accessible sessions for teachers new to Promethean interactive whiteboards designed to build confidence and impart essential practices for achieving optimum use in the classroom.

Trainees will learn how to configure and troubleshoot their boards, use ActivInspire in conjunction with commmon desktop programs, create effective flipcharts and achieve interactivity with existing resources.

Practical, self-paced and packed with ideas, these sessions are designed to build teachers' confidence and repertoire of skills with their IWB, and impart essential practices for achieving optimum use in the classroom.

Trainees will learn some of the more unique and powerful tools within ActivInspire, create new and exciting resources, and take a wealth of tips and tricks away with them!

For the serious IWB afficionado, this course examines the full set of browser properties, hidden functionality and sophisticated developer tools in order to create highly engaging and comprehensive resources.

Subject-tailored INSET and Courses for using Smart Notebook / ActivInspire for great teaching and learning. Currently available for:

  • Art
  • English and English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Religious Studies
  • Science

Practical, user-friendly and accessible sessions for teachers new to SmartBoard interactive whiteboards designed to build confidence and impart essential practices for achieving optimum use in the classroom.

Trainees will learn how to configure and troubleshoot their boards, use Notebook in conjunction with commmon desktop programs, create effective notebook files and achieve interactivity with existing resources.

Practical, self-paced and packed with ideas, these sessions aim are designed to build teachers' confidence and repertoire of skills with their IWB, and impart essential practices for achieving optimum use in the classroom.

Trainees will learn some of the more unique and powerful tools within Notebook, create new and exciting resources, and take a wealth of tips and tricks away with them!

Virtual Learning Environments bridge the gap between school and home, offering significant opportunities to provide students with continuous learning as well as assisting teachers with assessment, classroom management, flipped learning and multimedia resource management.

Whether you use Edmodo or sophisticated solutions such as itslearning, training, support and advice is available for staff and school leaders wishing to extend their Virtual Learning Environments beyond mere resource repositories, and actually complement whole school improvement drives.

VLE Services:


Full Consultation Services to help schools set up their itslearning Virtual Learning Environments, including administration, training and implementation and launch.

We offer a specialised programme of support including:

  • Full Consultation to ensure full customisation of the VLE to the needs of your school or institution
  • Strategy Documentation
  • Assisting with school policy updates
  • Phased timelines for implementation
  • Administrative guidance
  • Full training and mentoring for key users and stakeholders
  • Ongoing Support and Maintenance as required
  • Essential Training on Using VLEs for Teaching and Learning in the Classroom as well as a continuous learning tool beyond the school gates.
    Go beyond resource repositories and homework management, and learn how to make creative use of your learning platform, with guidance on aspects including:
    • how to use RSS feeds with KS4 groups
    • embed digital media
    • how to transform assessment with peer-marked assignments
    • eportfolios
    • blogging
    • ...and more!

    Effective Questioning is perhaps the most fundamental skill in a teacher's repertoire for driving attainment, assessing student progress and promoting essential thinking skills.

    We provide courses on a range of learner response systems, including ActivExpression (a Learner Response System from Promethean that links seamlessly with ActivInspire) which provide teachers with powerful opportunities for instant summative and formative assessment, self-paced learning and attainment tracking.

    Apps like Socrative and ActivEngage 2 are AfL tools par excellence, enabling 100% participation from all pupils in classroom activities.

    Courses available:

    Learner Response Systems have been in classrooms for many years, either in the form of 'clickers' (early voting systems) or with the more advanced ActivExpression 2 and Smart Response units. With new apps on the market like Socrative, polling students and gathering invaluable assessment data is in reach of all educators.

    This course aims to give practical examples of how teachers can exploit the full potential of these tools, and drive engagement, interactivity and formative assessment quickly and easily.

    Course/workshop features:

    • Generic guidance on LRS, no matter what system you use
    • Practical examples for effective classroom use
    • Guidance on managing devices
    • How to use LRS to boost questioning strategies all the way up Bloom's taxonomy

    Designed explicitly for ActivExpression and ActivInspire users, this course is ideal for teachers already using (or thinking of using) these devices to meet their AfL needs.

    Course/workshop features:

    • A range of techniques and ideas for using ActivExpression for formative assessment purposes
    • Using ActivExpression to support Flipped Learning strategies
    • Using ActivExpression as a sophisticated differentiation tool
    • Self-Paced Learning features and examples

    An exciting and ideas-packed course specifically aimed at English teachers wishing to leverage the full power of ActivExpression in the classroom.

    Course/workshop features:

    • Increase lesson pace with ActivExpression techniques
    • Practical examples for effective classroom use
    • Great ideas for using the 'Word Seed' function
    • Boost interpretative response to literature in profound, but entertaining, ways

    Master the advanced features of ActivExpression, including device PIN registration, Voting Browser and Self-Paced Learning.

    Today's educational technology not only allows students to be creative in ways we could never have perceived possible a generation ago, but enables them to express their ideas amongst peers and to wider audiences in numerous formats and frameworks.

    These courses are about creativity first and foremost, both in the ways students communicate their learning, but also in the way teachers present activities which stimluate and engage at a deeper level.

    The iPad offers unlimited choices of learning outcomes for students, along with the features necessary for capturing, editing and producing content for sharing and publishing.

    Learn how to introduce focused creativity and true collaborative working methods to bring out your students' understanding of topics and tasks.

    The powerful native functions of most smartphones and tablets offer a diverse range of uses both inside and outside the classroom.

    This exciting, innnovative session presents a range of new technologies and radical ideas for giving students fantastic immersive experiences.

    Includes:

    • Bringing Augmented Reality (AR) into the classroom
    • QR Codes for Learning Quests
    • Turn school trips into documentary-making experiences
    • Maximising learning in museums
    • Using multi-modal approaches in class to immerse students in a topic, period or scenario
    • An introduction to Pervasive Learning theory

    A full range of courses and training packages for helping staff and students get started, improve, and even master industry-leading software applications such as PHOTOSHOP, DREAMWEAVER, INDESIGN and PREMIERE PRO.

    For full information of course offerings, please click here to access the Digital Creativity page.

    Presentation software is used in the majority of schools, but are packages like Keynote and Powerpoint really suitable learning tools? Should they remain as the preserve of boardrooms and business conferences?

    These courses offer alternatives to presentation overkill and look at other applications out there that may offer better solutions for combining content delivery with great learning ...

    Presentation tools are great but their use as a learning device should be examined carefully. Designing powerpoints and other linear slide-based presentational aids can not only interfere with the learning process as a teacher, but also funnel students into narrow and uninspiring ways of presenting outcomes.

    Discover a range of new, easy and free ways of sprucing up your delivery of key content whilst also giving your students interesting and engaging ways of presenting their outcomes.

    Prezi has distinct advantages as a presentation tool over most others. It is slideless and non-linear, animated, fully able to handle multimedia and embedded interactive elements, inherently intuitive, freely available and cloud-based.

    However, as with most things, knowing how to make a 'prezi' may be straight-forward, but making one which moves beyond the novelties of spinning animations towards serving specific learning goals is another....

    You've souped up the school wi-fi, sorted out the purchase of tablets, handed them to staff and students, but perhaps the mobile learning revolution you hoped for seems to be stalling...

    • Are your staff familiar with how they are expected to use these technologies successfully?
    • What are the best principles for smoothly facilitating new learning dynamics with the introduction of mobile devices?
    • These courses will assist in adjusting mindsets, building confidence and enthusiasm, and enable your staff to fully digest the essential pedagogy and principles behind mobile learning.

    A 'basics' session for teachers who have just received ipads and would like to know how to teach with it, and how to get the best out of student use.

    The session is available as a twilight, half-day or full day course in which participants learn:

    • How to set-up your ipad
    • Essential functions and features
    • 10 most useful apps for getting started
    • Connecting to your Network
    • Understanding IDs and App Management
    • How to use iPads as a Learning Tool
    • Using Apple TV to display on your Interactive Whiteboard

    The iPad offers unlimited choices of learning outcomes for students, along with the features necessary for capturing, editing and producing content for sharing and publishing.

    Learn how to introduce focused creativity and true collaborative working methods to bring out your students' understanding of topics and tasks.

    The secrets of successfully managing the shift in learning culture towards a 'Flipped Learning' model are discussed and demonstrated in this session.

    Participants will be introduced to the 'Flipped Learning' concept and be shown the different ways that mobile devices can serve engaging content easily and efficiently.

    The powerful native functions of most smartphones and tablets offer a diverse range of uses both inside and outside the classroom.

    This exciting, innnovative session presents a range of new technologies and radical ideas for giving students fantastic immersive experiences.

    Includes:

    • Bringing Augmented Reality (AR) into the classroom
    • QR Codes for Learning Quests
    • Turn school trips into documentary-making experiences
    • Maximising learning in museums
    • Using multi-modal approaches in class to immerse students in a topic, period or scenario
    • An introduction to Pervasive Learning theory

    Average Rates: Twilight - £325 | Half-Day - £425 | Full Day - £675

    Direction on Whole-School ICT

    A 360 degree overview of how well Learning Technologies are being used across the curriculum in your school, bespoke strategic guidance towards achieving Ofsted-recommended standards for outstanding integration of technology.

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    Implementing Mobile Learning

    Is your school joining the mobile learning revolution? We offer a comprehensive programme of guidance and support for schools introducing, or already commencing, the use of Mobile Learning into schools, whether 1-2-1 tablets or BYOD.

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    Computing Curriculum Ready?

    We offer continuous professional development opportunities for your staff at every ability, supporting them in acquiring sustainable skills, and the appropriate technical confidence to successfully enhancing classroom practice.

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