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Becta to sponsor Teaching Award for Next Generation Learning, which will recognise educators who embrace 21st century teaching tools.
The Becta Award for Next Generation Learning will honour teacherís imagination, creativity and ingenuity in harnessing technology to inspire pupils and enhance learning.
Celebrating its debut in 2009, the award will recognise the ways in which teachers make use of modern technologies as part of their professional took kit. Winners will be recognised for their use of various modern apparatus, such as mobile phone technology, games consoles, handheld computers, social networking tools, interactive whiteboards and laptops, as well as their acute awareness of pupilsí appetite for technology
Becta's Chief Executive Stephen Crowne welcomed the Award as a key component of the Next Generation Learning campaign which encourages parents, schools and employers to get the most out of technology in education:
"Technology has the potential to improve standards and to engage all learners, even those facing the biggest challenges. But it is not an end in itself because computers don't teach pupils; teachers do, and when they use technology to support learning and to address particular needs they can enrich the learning experience like never before."
The Becta award is set to add a new dimension to the Teaching Awards, which were established in 1998. There are 12 different categories for this yearís awards, which are sponsored by various bodies, including the Department for Children Schools and Families and the Training and Development Agency for Schools. For more information on the awards themselves, or how you can nominate a teacher, go to: The Becta Website
Electronic Individual Learning Plan
You may have heard alot about the new proposed electronic Individual Learning Plan in Leeds, or you may have heard a little. The draft specification has now been written and is available for your comments and views.
Please see the documents below - they won't take long to read - and send your comments and feedback to Rachel MacHutchon, ILP Development Officer, Education Leeds: email@example.com, 0113 214 4371, 07891 275 624.
The specification below refers to the e-ILP aimed at 14-19 year olds but the principle will be the same for 9-13 year olds... We aim to introduce the new e-ILP to certain schools, PRUs, SILCs and colleges in September 2007. The timetable for developing this project is tight. Please therefore respond with your comments by Wednesday 24 January 2007 as your feedback could impact on the technical specification due to be sent to IT developers in February 2007. If your school, PRU or SILC is interested in being part of the first phase of users of the electronic Individual Learning Plan in Sept 2007, please contact Rachel for further discussion.
Are your details correct in the Global Address book?
Can all staff ensure their organisation details i.e 'Company' and 'Member of' field are correct in the email Global Address book used in Outlook? With the introduction of the Learning Platform, those details will be used to determine which school's/organisation's Learning Platform you will belong to. If your details are incorrect because you may have moved jobs etc please contact the Leeds Learning Service Desk via email firstname.lastname@example.org clearly stating the organisation/school which you should be registered against.
Internet Explorer 7 Release – Important Information for Technical Support
Microsoft has now released IE 7. Users may experience the following issues if they choose to install IE 7.
Outlook Web Access and IE7
Some users will experience the known Microsoft issue which results in OWA crashing when sending a message, if they installed the S/MIME Component in IE6. Once you have upgraded to IE7 please click here for instructions to resolve the above issue.
Problems FTP'ing to School Web Sites Using IE 7
If you have IE 7 installed and you are having problems copying files to your school's web site please read this information about FTP and IE 7.
Council Telephone Directory on VOIP Phones
You can now access the whole city council telephone directory on your VOIP phones. Simply by pressing on the relevant button, depending on your phone, you can access the Corporate Directory including numbers within Education Leeds and others on the VOIP service.
Please ring the Leeds Learning Network service desk for advice on how to access the system on your Voip phone 0113 3368999 . Alternatively read documentation on using the service.
Important Notice for All School Finance Managers/Bursars
Schools that do not currently have access to the Authority’s on-line corporate Financial Accounting and Budgeting system (FAB) will soon be able to use the Web-based version of the system. Please see the attached letter for further information and contact details.