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05/09/2011 / phodge

Primary ICT Roadshows

Our session will show how these ideas can make a real difference in the classroom 

  • Using Sound
  • Using Still Pictures
  • Using Video
  • Web 2 (Free) resources including Google Earth, Primary Pad, Prezi etc.
  • Ipads in the classroom
  • E-safety update
  • Pupil Site DLG Update
  • Twitter for Teachers

Our Primary ICT Roadshows take place on:-

Tuesday 20th September – Stanley Teachers Centre, Shield Row DH9 0HQ

Wednesday 21st September – Shotton Hall Primary SR8 1NX

Thursday 22nd September – EDC Spennymoor DL16 6YP

The session will run from 4-00 until 5-15PM with an opportunity to network with others.

BOOKINGS ( preferably by e-mail ) to  stating name, school and venue


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Durham ICT 1



ICT News
and Ideas for Primary Schools May 2011

This is a termly update to showcase the best ICT in

Primary ICT

At least once a
year we will organise a Roadshow, which will be a chance to find out about the
latest  developments in ICT.  It is aimed at ICT co-ordinators, senior
managers, or interested teachers and is free to all schools with an ICT CTS
SLA.  The session will run from 4-00 until 5-15PM with an opportunity to
network with others at the end of the session.  Full details will be published
early in September but you may wish to book the date in your diary!

Tuesday 20th
September – Stanley Teachers Centre, Shield Row

Wednesday 21st September – Shotton Hall Primary SR8 1NX

Thursday 22nd September – EDC Spennymoor DL16 6YP


This is a really useful tool for following the latest ideas
in education, and it is free (although it may not be available in school due to
your internet filtering).  We will try to “retweet” the best ideas – just
search for #ictdurham or paul_hodgkinson.  Note – we are not currently
advocating its use by pupils. 
Other people to follow may include
timrylands or russellprue who both spoke at last year’s heads conference.


IMG_0053.JPGA simple piece of kit that can change the learning
environment is a good wireless mouse – it lets you control what is on the
whiteboard without having to be at the front of the class.  You may also want
to consider a wireless keyboard so that writing can be modelled around the
classroom.  Check the range and the surfaces it works on before you buy – It
should work from the far side of your classroom!

Where can we share resources for ICT?

These are in the DLG in the Subject Menu then ICT.  Please
share with us any resources that you feel would be useful.

Where were Russell and Tim’s Links from last years

Both Russell Prue and Tim Rylands were inspirational at last
year’s heads conference.   The resources and links that they used are below

Tim Rylands Links

Russell Prue Links

Text Box: Photo by Easterbilby on Flikr What is a computer? sounds
an easy question and until recently the choice was a bit limited – Desktop or
Laptop, but recent developments in technology make this a much harder choice.

As always it is best to think what it is going to be used
for.  If it is going to be plugged in or in the same place most of the time a
desktop would be better, if it needs to move with the students a laptop will be
best.  Don’t forget there is a trend towards the use of ICT across the
curriculum with less use of ICT suites and more use of ICT in the classroom.

IMG_0058.JPGDesktop machines should be reliable, and by buying
one with plenty of memory (At least 2Gb) it should last quite a few years.
Quite a lot of machines can now come with widescreen displays – these can make
them easier to use.  Laptops have become much more varied and range from
ones that seem to be the same size and weight as a desktop down to very small netbooks.
There is a compromise between speed and battery life, the faster the computer
the less time it will run on batteries.  Netbooks are good for internet
research, personal use and more basic software.  If you are likely to want to
work with video or use more complicated programs (which usually need a bigger
screen) a bigger laptop is best.  Always find out about the battery life.  In
general whatever time is claimed will reduce by about half after a year of use,
and the battery may need to be replaced after a couple of years.  (So a laptop
which has a 3hr battery life will probably be down to 90 mins after a year –
and go flat in the middle of literacy…).  You may also want to purchase some
mice as some children can find the touchpads difficult – and impossible on
painting programs!

Text Box:  photo by novemberwolf on flikrWhen the ipod first
appeared it was great to play music on, but the new ipod touch has the
Internet, camera and video camera with video editing software, e-mail, and a
big variety of cheap software that has a huge variety of curriculum uses from
making comic books, teaching phonics, thesaurus, sound recording and
podcasting.  The ipad does all that an ipod does but with a bigger
screen and has the ability to create word-processed documents and presentations
in Apples versions of Word and Powerpoint.

The next products that are arriving are tablets like
the Samsung Galaxy which use an operating system called Android (Instead of
Windows).  These have not yet really been tried with schools but may become
popular in a couple of years time.

If you or your school is buying new computer(s) you will
need to think about what it will be used for, where it will be used, and what
you might want to do with it in three years time!


Text Box: Durham ICT Resources formerly Durhamnet 03000 26 11 00 Connectivity

Filtering – Durham ICT
Infrastructure Services (formerly Durhamnet) have implemented a new filtering
solution over the last few months.  It is prudent to check that your pupils do
not have access to inappropriate sites such as Facebook.  They can also be
contacted to unblock sites – but may ask for the headteacher’s permission.
What to filter is a difficult question with some evidence suggesting that
children are safer with less filtering in school and more teaching about using
the internet safely.  The manager responsible for the links between Resources
and Schools is

Connectivity – Durham ICT
Infrastructure Services have negotiated to get a better deal with BT
effectively cutting out the middleman and allowing their engineers direct
access to the exchange.  This may result in lower prices and faster internet
connectivity.  Most schools only have a 2MB connection, which is barely
adequate, and it may be worth asking about the costs of an upgrade.  Contact
Durham ICT Resources (as above).

update – pupils

There continues to be serious
concerns about children exchanging inappropriate photographs / webcam access
with others.  There is a short video from safer internet day which may be useful in the
classroom.  It is important that children are taught about e-safety and we
would advise that it is integrated into the curriculum.  Children are being
asked about e-safety training during some OfSTED inspections.  You may wish to
use the internet safety cards (Thanks to London Grid for sharing the resource)


e-safety update – staff

Do you have a staff acceptable
use policy?  (Example one at
Your policy ought to have advice on :- Use of school computers for personal
access, Use of Memory Sticks, Use of Cameras and Phones and what to do if
something goes wrong. This is to protect the individual as well as the school.
Some of this advice follows the Vanessa George case  As with any area if you
would like advice please feel free to contact us – we do train staff, help
write policies and work with pupils.


These little codes can be
read by phones or mobile devices and turned into information – these just give
our e-mail addresses.  Some schools are starting to use them to show work for



Using your CTS SLA

Most schools have 9 hours (or three sessions) available as
part of the ICT CTS SLA – one of which may be a twilight session.  Twilights
and PD days usually need to be booked well in advance.  All sessions must be
booked and used by 31st March 2012.

To book a session either ring 01207 236211 or e-mail either
or complete the on-line form at

Some suggestions for how you may like to use the sessions
are shown below, but we aim to be able to provide support for all areas of ICT
in the classroom.



Staff Training

Pupil Training


Support with Planning – to help integrate ict across the

Adding Creativity

Children Creating Digitally!

Sound – Using Microphones, Audacity and Podcasting – to develop speaking and

Pictures – Asking children to use digital imagery and use it in their work,
Using Photostory or other software to create video from stills

Video – Filming, Editing, Flipcams, animation

Curriculum (cont)

Using ideas from the “Dare to
Inspire” conference

Using Web 2 resources

Pupil, parent and governor sites on the DLG

Introducing staff to the pupil pages on the DLG

Introducing parents to the children’s site on the DLG

Building Pupil and Parents sites on the DLG and customising
them for your school

ipods and ipads in the curriculum

Control and Datalogging

Whiteboard Upskilling


Audit – How does the equipment
support the curriculum and how can this be developed?

CC3 or CC4 upskilling

Using a mac in the classroom

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Getting Started

I’m planning that there will be lots of useful ideas and resources appearing here over the next few months. At the moment – well I’m still learning.