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Practical advice for colleagues who use, teach, lead or manage information and communication technology (ICT) in schools.

09 January 2011
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Go on, bore ‘em: How to make ICT lessons excruciatingly dull is now available in the following formats: print, PDF, ePub and iBooks. 25% discount! Woo hoo! Why not buy the printed versions of Go On, Bore ‘Em and Every Child Matters: What it means to the ICT Teacher. By my calculations that brings the price of each down to around £3.75 + postage & packing.

The Every Child Matters book contains loads of great ideas to address the requirements of ECM (keeping children safe, economic well-being etc), so even though the initiative it is based on is a few years old, the advice is still incredibly useful. Anyway, I have received an email from Lulu today which says:

25% off any of your books
Coupon Code: LULUBOOKUK305
Coupon expires 31 January 2012
£50 Max Savings (on any one purchase)

Transactions must be in US Dollars, Pounds or Euros.

What are the coupon's terms and conditions?

(Some of this applies to the seller rather than the buyer, but I thought you might be interested anyway.)
Disclaimer: Use coupon code LULUBOOKUK305 at checkout and receive 25% off your order. The maximum savings with this promotion is £50. You can only use the code once per account, and you can't use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. This great offer ends on 31 January 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. While very unlikely reserves the right to change or revoke this offer at anytime, and of course we cannot offer this coupon where it is against the law to do so. Finally, incurs the cost of this discount, so it does not impact the Author's proceeds of the book. This coupon does not work with self-purchases, i.e., if you are the author of the book you are trying to purchase, you cannot use this coupon. This coupon will work for multiple titles but savings cannot go past the maximum of £50.

So, what are you waiting for?!

A note from the editor

This edition of Computers in Classrooms is mainly concerned with the forthcoming BETT show. If you’re not in the UK, don’t worry: many of the points raised in the BETT-related documents available (see below) will be relevant anyway. The guide to getting the best out of BETT contains advice which could apply to other conferences too, and the trends and reflections review will also be interesting I think. But in any case, normal service will be resumed in the next issue, which is already shaping up nicely!

A personal tribute to Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper, who died in late December 2011, was the Strategic Leader ICT at Lewisham Local Authority, in London. Tom was that rare breed: someone who was passionate about improving kids’ life chances, particularly through the use of technology in education, extremely knowledgeable, yet at the same time very modest. When he gave a talk, the audience very quickly became aware that here was someone who knew what they were talking about, and was taking practical steps to change things for the better.

On a personal level Tom had a great sense of humour and conversations with him were never dull, and people will miss his daily photos of Isis, his beloved dog, from Greenwich Park, announced through Twitter.

To read others’ comments about him, read Tom’s Facebook page.

Tom died shortly after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. His funeral takes place on 12th January.

Success and the internet

An article in a recent McKinsey Report, entitled Sizing up the Internet’s Economic Impact, is very interesting. The authors write that if the internet is measured as a global industry unto itself, it contributes more to Gross Domestic Product than do education, agriculture or utilities. Moreover, small and medium-sized enterprises that use web 2.0 technologies such as blogs an social networking are growing more quickly and more widely than companies that do not use such technologies. In other words, internet use, especially using web 2.0, is associated with success.

However, and this is where it becomes relevant to education I think, the authors point out that their findings do not say anything about the direction of causation. That is, we don’t know whether use of the internet leads to bigger success, or whether the most successful companies are the ones most likely to use the internet.

In education, it’s easy to see how using the internet could increase a school’s success. But I wonder if there is also not a high probability that the more successful a school is, the more it will embrace educational technology in general, and the internet and web 2.0 in particular.

When I took up the role of ICT adviser back in 1998, one of the most difficult questions to tackle was the one by Headteachers of successful schools, as measured by the usual means: “Why should I do any of this? Our results are already brilliant.”

But I think I have noticed a definite change in attitude now: good schools are the ones which realise that these days they have  to embrace and integrate technology and web 2.0 into what they do.

You may find these articles useful in this context:

Getting the best out of BETT

To download this free 83 point guide, go to the BETT Files page on the ICT in Education website. This is ideal if you’re a first-timer as far as BETT is concerned, although even seasoned BETT-goers may find something of interest, such as how to share your or your students’ impressions of BETT.

How to contribute YOUR reflections on BETT 2012

If you or your students would like to write a guest article about BETT for this newsletter and/or the ICT in Education website, please contact me. In addition or instead of that, I’m open to writing guest articles for your blog if you have one.

Review of BETT 2011 – Trends and Reflections

Find out what a number of luminaries of the UK’s educational ICT community thought about BETT last year: what was good, what were the trends being shown? Will this year’s BETT turn out to be very different? Personally, I think 3D will continue to grow, and I’m sure we’ll start to see more in the realm of 3D on phones and ultra-thin computers, and it will be interesting to see how far (assuming I’m right) these find their way into education.

So who contributed to this free ebook?

· Natasha, ICT advisor

· Fiona Aubrey-Smith ­, Head of Educational Development, UniServity

· Miles Berry, Senior Lecturer in ICT Education at Roehampton University

· Leon Cych, Learn 4 Life

· John Davitt, writer, broadcaster and a digital toolmaker

· Bev Evans, teacher at Pembroke Dock Community School

· Matthew Jane, ­ Deputy editor at Education Executive and ICT Matters magazine

· Mike Lane, Teacher

· Sheyne Lucock, Sheyne Lucock, General Inspector (IT), Children's Services, Barking and Dagenham

· David Luke, David Luke Independent ICT Consultant

· Dughall McCormick, Dughall McCormick E-Learning Consultant (Kirklees LA)

· Christina Preston, Mirandanet Fellowship

· Dan Roberts, Deputy Headteacher at Community School, Cornwall

· Zoe Ross, Founder of

· Tony Sheppard, Harnessing Technologies Manager, Northamptonshire County Council

· Dave Smith, ICT Consultant in Havering

· Mike Simons, Editor of

· Ian Usher, E-Learning Co-ordinator, Bucks County Council

· Jan Webb, ICT Co-ordinator and Primary ICT Consultant

· Doug Woods, ICT in Education Consultant

To download it, go to the BETT Files page.

To to contribute YOUR reflections on BETT 2012, just click on that link and complete the short form there. 

Articles you may have missed on the ICT in Education website


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