Monthly Archives: August 2011

August research news

Sustainability; the student as consumer; formative assessment

SRHE International Research and Researchers’ Network
Friday 9th September 2011

12.00- 4.00pm

SRHE OFFICES, Central London. UK

Strangers in a strange land? Students’ experiences of the internationalisation of higher education through overseas study
Subject: FW: National Sustainable Schools Conference 2011 – Let’s get Creative!
Lord Hill, Minster for Schools, has stated that “The Government recognises the importance of sustainability to all of us, but particularly for children.”
Visit for further information on the workshop presenters and about the day!
This annual regional and online conference is a great way to learn together, with other teachers and students, on how to save money (up to 80% saved by one workshop presenter), help students to engage with their work better (creative ways to enthuse), improve grades and develop new ideas generated with and for your school. The theme this year is Let’s get creative!, and you can join in regionally and online from October 2011.
The first event is 21st October 2011 at ZSL London Zoo with date soon to be confirmed for early November in Leicester – all workshops and presentations shall be captured and placed online with unique online workshops, presentations and spaces to share knowledge available too.
Teachers Early Bird rate £150 and students only £30! Teachers are invited to bring students along to co-learn how to drive sustainability into your school! Bring your Eco Team students or school council members to help drive change!
Student teachers only £50 for events and £35 for the Online Conference. Please contact SEEd for more information.
Come and join us to meet people who have got creative with sustainability in their schools and/or communities. We all understand that we must live and think more sustainably, but schools play a pivotal role in leading this thinking and delivery. So join in and find out how others have taken the first steps and hear from those who
are well on their journey!
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If you have any queries, feel free to contact me on 020 7420 4446 or
via this email address:
Kind regards,
Michael Cutts
Michael Cutts
SEEd Projects Manager
020 7420 4446
07525 264 540

The National Sustainable Schools Conference is happening at London Zoo – join us on the 21st October for practical advice on saving money in your school and engaging your students in exciting projects!! Nine workshops on offer and presentations from experts in the field! Find out more at
Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar The student as a consumer? The next steps for student experience and quality assurance in universities with:

Bev Thomas
Deputy Director, HE Access and Quality,
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Anthony McClaran
Chief Executive, Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

Professor Janet Beer
Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University and Chair, Higher Education Public Information Steering Group

Liam Burns
President, National Union of Students
Morning, Tuesday, 13th September 2011
Central London

Our Website | Book Online | Live Agenda

Embedding formative assessment with teacher learning communities.
This one day conference on 28 September, led by Professor Dylan Wiliam, might be of interest to you and your students in the Department of Teacher Education.

Implemented properly, formative assessment can have an extraordinary impact on student achievement, but too often, the implementation is patchy, or focused on the use of assessment to track students’ progress rather than improve learning. At this conference, participants will learn:

  • What kinds of formative assessment have the biggest impact on student achievement
  • Practical techniques for establishing effective formative assessment in every classroom
  • How formative assessment can be sustained and developed through the use of teacher learning communities

Who is the conference for?
The conference would be suitable for any teachers with an interest in developing their understanding of formative assessment. It would be particularly suitable for school leaders and middle-management looking to implement formative assessment principles and practice throughout their school, as well as those with an interest in developing teacher learning communities.
Click here for full details and to register online today.
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Learn more about the Cambridge Assessment Network and the Cambridge Assessment group.

Digital Resources

Digital Information, workshops and resources
ESCalate resources – We are planning for their future

With the closing of ESCalate in December 2011, ESCalate are in the process of negotiating with leading educational organisations to hold and disseminate relevant ESCalate resources. We will continue to ensure that they are as widely available as possible. All resources will also remain on the ESCalate website for the foreseeable future. Currently, organisations who have agreed to take some ESCalate resources include (though more are in the pipeline):

  • Association for Learning Technology Open Access Repository
  • British Education Index
  • Digital Education Resource Archive
  • GTC Northern Ireland’s Access to Research Resources for Teachers
  • Teacher Education Advancement Network

All these organisations will make ESCalate resources available under the same terms as they were available on the ESCalate website: they will not be used for commercial purposes, the original source and author will be acknowledged and resources will not be altered in any way. Copyright remains with the original author and ESCalate.
If you are an author of an ESCalate resource and have any questions about this, please contact Bianca Soucek at

Seminar in OCTOBER
Are you interested in working with learners in this digital age?
We are running our last in a series of events which looks at working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age.
Teacher Educators working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age
Date: 17 October 2011
Venue: University of Wolverhampton
Fee: £30
This event will draw upon cross phase examples (Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory ITE). Practitioners and researchers from the field will offer thought provoking contexts for the workshop which is intended to be an opportunity for networking and discussion.
Digital Literacy
This resource is designed to support primary and secondary teachers to integrate the development of students’ digital literacy into everyday learning.

The activities cover the following areas:

  • Developing practitioners’ understanding of digital literacy and its relevance to their own contexts.
  • Planning activities that can be integrated into everyday teaching to support students to develop both subject knowledge and digital literacy. classroom, including explorations of free web-based tools and activities

Practical ideas for the HE materials, developed with primary and secondary school teachers as part of Futurelab’s digital participation project, can be downloaded from our website.

Digital Participation – research reports

As part of the second year of Futurelab’s Digital Participation Project, a group of young people from Clevedon School were supported to develop research skills and to undertake independent research which they felt would contribute to growing knowledge in the digital literacy research field.

There is increasing interest in how young people can develop the critical practices of digital literacy that enable the creation, sharing and understanding of meaning and that support participation in social, cultural, civic, economic and political life in an increasingly digital age.

Most of the research in this area is undertaken and reported by adults. Arguably, it is young people themselves who can best understand their experiences of digital participation. These understandings are important in considering the sorts of support young people might want and need in order to develop the knowledge and understanding that is necessary to be critical, creative and discerning users of digital technologies.

The aim of the Young People’s Research Group was to undertake research that they felt would inform others of the sorts of issues young people might need support with in order to develop their digital literacy.

Ten students from Clevedon School attended a series of participatory workshops in which they discussed the nature of research, learnt about different research methods and worked with Futurelab researchers to:

  • Develop their own research questions into young people’s digital practices
  • Undertake their own original, independent research projects
  • Analyse the results of their research

Publish their findings in the format of their choice

Attend this seminar?Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar
The future of technology in education

Stephen Crowne
Former Chief Executive, Becta
Jeremy Carter, Head of Sales and Marketing, BTL Group;
Mark Chambers, Immediate Past Chair, Board of Management, Naace;
Steve Connolly, Digital Director, Schools and FE, Hodder Education;
Andrew Goff, Director, Interactive Learning eXperience;
This seminar will offer a timely opportunity to examine the future provision of technology within schools as Government considers new procurement models following the incorporation of Becta’s responsibilities into the Department for Education.

The agenda also looks more widely at the future role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) within education as the National Curriculum falls under review, the integration of technology into the classroom and the potential for further use of technology as an assessment tool.

Planned sessions examine:
Current thinking on the procurement of technology in education, with particular emphasis on how technology providers, schools and local authorities can ensure value for money;
The teaching and use of ICT in the National Curriculum, as Government looks to emphasise more academic subjects that comprise the English Baccalaureate; and
How the curriculum can develop the key computing skills that universities and employers require through the integration of new and existing technologies into the classroom.

Chaired by
Lord Knight of Weymouth
former Minister of State for Schools and Learners
Lord Lucas of Crudwell and Dingwall
Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Scientific Research in Learning and Education

This event is CPD certified

Morning, Tuesday, 13th September 2011
Central London

Category: ALTC

London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements.
Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.
The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, bringing leading artists from all over the world together from 21 June 2012 in the UK’s biggest ever festival – a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012 through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation, and leave a lasting legacy for the arts in the UK.

Category: ALTC


1. Math in Real Life. Submit
Creative videos that a) help make math understandable and b) prove math’s relevance

2. Creativity in Action. Submit
Revealing the power of human imagination—in art, music, invention, design, dance and drama – and more.

3. Inventions That Shaped History. Submit
Not just the familiar ones—the wheel, agriculture, writing, printing, the telescope, the assembly line, the nuclear bomb, the internet…. but the subtler inventions too—the alphabet, the number zero, the compass, the sextant, the abacus, hay, the stirrup, radar, the pill, gene-sequencing, sewage systems, scuba diving, the rule of law, democracy, advertising. (Sample video… Hans Rosling and the washing machine.)

4. How and Why? Submit
Insightful answers to fascinating questions. “How did wolves become dogs?” “How do magnets attract without touching?” “Why did Germany invade Russia?” “Why do men have nipples?” “How does photosynthesis really work?”

5. Questions No One (yet) Knows the Answer to. Submit
By painting the murky edges of knowledge, we give context and humility and stimulate curiosity. Why does a mouse feel pain whereas a robot doesn’t? What happened before the Big Bang? Do we have free will? How did life begin? When we point our telescopes across the galaxy, why don’t we see the giant constructions of alien civilizations more advanced than us? How can an electron go through two different slits at the same time? What did these ancient symbols mean? Is there one universe or many?

Category: ALTC

Video Ant

Video Ant is a video annotation system. This is useful to those who learn more visually. It can be used to annotate lectures, to critique work and in various other situations. It’s extremely easy to use and has an in depth tutorial making it even easier.

Category: ALTC