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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

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