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Sunning Hill Primary School

Science: All Living Things

All living things - Pupils used keynotes on iPads to showcase their scientific knowledge and understanding, success criteria and key skills development. Some pupils recorded their observations using IT, camera and simulation package....
All living things - Pupils used keynotes on iPads to showcase their scientific knowledge and understanding, success criteria and key skills development. Some pupils recorded their observations using IT, camera and simulation package.

Saltash.net community school

Step change with the Zapper

Sunning Hill Primary School

The Rainforest

Rainforest - Pupils have been using the iPads to create a collaborative project on The Rainforest. They have incorporated sound, image and video as well as text. Finally, they created QR codes to publish on the school blog page so that parents could scan the code to view the electronic books. The books were saved on Google Drive....
Rainforest - Pupils have been using the iPads to create a collaborative project on The Rainforest. They have incorporated sound, image and video as well as text. Finally, they created QR codes to publish on the school blog page so that parents could scan the code to view the electronic books. The books were saved on Google Drive.

Virgin Media Business

Supporting 21st century learning through HPSN2

Virgin Media Business

Connecting schools to Cambridgeshire PSN

Virgin Media Business

The classroom of the future arrives in Hampshire

Hampshire County Council’s HPSN2 public services network is transforming many organisations – especially in education. It’s a shared fibre-optic network that provides secure data, voice, text and video services to public sector organisations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. A national leader in public service networks, it meets the highest government standards of security and gives superfast internet access to schools and education centres, whether urban or rural. 99% of Hampshire schools now enjoy business-class bandwidth up to 100 Mbps, with a range of optional flexible services, such as mobile telephony and additional bandwidth. Opening up learning options As the internet is used increasingly to support learning, HPSN2 is giving teachers and students access to more and more services online, such as innovative, video-rich teaching resources, e-learning tools and virtual learning environments. There’s more choice, more flexibility, and more opportunities to study remotely – all making education a more interesting, rewarding and fun experience. Making the internet safer At no extra cost, all HPSN2 schools have access to Flexible Web Filtering, a simple web management tool that lets them to decide which websites they allow students to access. As standard, they also benefit from SafeSearch protection, a system offered by internet search providers such as Google and Bing. With this, they can tailor their searches to filter out results that may not be age-appropriate. Meaning everyone is kept safe from unsuitable content, but learning isn’t restricted as a result. Benefits beyond the classroom Other public sector areas – from social care to emergency services – are also seeing the benefits of HPSN2. By bringing together networks over a single connection, thousands of staff now have real-time access to critical applications and information – from any location, at any time. Find out more about how this £90 million project became one of the largest examples of collaborative procurement in the UK to date!...
Hampshire County Council’s HPSN2 public services network is transforming many organisations – especially in education. It’s a shared fibre-optic network that provides secure data, voice, text and video services to public sector organisations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. A national leader in public service networks, it meets the highest government standards of security and gives superfast internet access to schools and education centres, whether urban or rural. 99% of Hampshire schools now enjoy business-class bandwidth up to 100 Mbps, with a range of optional flexible services, such as mobile telephony and additional bandwidth. Opening up learning options As the internet is used increasingly to support learning, HPSN2 is giving teachers and students access to more and more services online, such as innovative, video-rich teaching resources, e-learning tools and virtual learning environments. There’s more choice, more flexibility, and more opportunities to study remotely – all making education a more interesting, rewarding and fun experience. Making the internet safer At no extra cost, all HPSN2 schools have access to Flexible Web Filtering, a simple web management tool that lets them to decide which websites they allow students to access. As standard, they also benefit from SafeSearch protection, a system offered by internet search providers such as Google and Bing. With this, they can tailor their searches to filter out results that may not be age-appropriate. Meaning everyone is kept safe from unsuitable content, but learning isn’t restricted as a result. Benefits beyond the classroom Other public sector areas – from social care to emergency services – are also seeing the benefits of HPSN2. By bringing together networks over a single connection, thousands of staff now have real-time access to critical applications and information – from any location, at any time. Find out more about how this £90 million project became one of the largest examples of collaborative procurement in the UK to date!

Virgin Media Business

London Grid for Learning

You’ll find tablets and smart phones in most homes up and down the country, but what about in the classroom? Children are becoming more and more tech savvy, and schools are facing increasing pressure to offer students a more digitally interactive learning experience. The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) is an organisation committed to delivering the very best classroom technology and online learning tools to teachers and students across London. And it’s joined forces with Virgin Media Business to launch LGfL 2.0 to transform how public services are delivered to schools across the capital. Not only is LGfL making a real difference to schools, it’s saving up to £100 million in public money each year through the PSN shared framework, over which each school can procure new technology services, for less. Organisation: London Grid for Learning Industry sector: Education Location: London Challenge: To give over 2,500 London schools access to more exciting and interactive digital learning tools - for less than a standalone solution Solution: A PSN shared services initiative Products: Public Services Network (PSN) compliant, Wide Area Network (WAN) with links delivering speeds of up to 40Gbit/s Benefits: Superfast access to online learning resources like educational podcasts, video streaming and virtual classrooms LGfL is a consortium of all 33 London local authorities and 2,500 schools - working together to provide innovative, cost effective ICT services. Their aim was to launch LGfL 2.0, an initiative with a grand ambition – to give schools across London access to the best technology services, yet keeping them as affordable as possible. To achieve this, Virgin Media Business has teamed up with LGfL to deliver services, valued at £200 million over the lifetime of the contract, to schools across the capital. These services include education based filtered internet access, voice, data and other ICT services, which are accessed over a dedicated superfast network, provided by Virgin Media Business. LGfL 2.0 replaced the old legacy network, providing a secure, superfast infrastructure and shared buying framework. Thanks to the new network, London authorities could save up to £100m a year, as schools and councils that connect to the network share the cost of buying new technology services. The network now underpins the delivery of the best value broadband and communication services, connecting up to 3,200 unique education locations, and over a million students, as well as all 33 London local authorities. “There’s never been a more important time to use London schools’ collective buying power to secure the best value services,” said Brian Durrant, Chief Executive at LGfL. “With the right learning tools and technology in place, we can help give every child the best chance in life. A dynamic and technically advanced learning environment will be at the heart of every London school in the future and with this framework in place, a new era of learning can begin.” Online access is just a click away Over the network, school children and teachers have access to an online portal www.lgfl.net and a Managed Learning Environment (MLE). The MLE is hosted in the cloud so children can conveniently access it from home, as well as school. Teachers can use the MLE to set homework, provide revision tips and post educational videos. These videos can be streamed in high definition at lightning speeds; something which simply wouldn’t have been possible without the superfast connectivity. “High-speed internet connectivity is underpinning the delivery of some truly exciting technology in London's classrooms," said Brian. “We have over 100 resource libraries available to pupils, such as the entire Guardian and Observer newspaper archives and over 50,000 professionally recorded music tracks - all of which can be accessed at the click of a button.” Solving Wi-Fi poverty The E-Learning Foundation recently voiced concerns that limited access to Wi-Fi was preventing children benefiting from digital learning tools, but LGfL is bucking the trend by creating a blueprint the rest of the UK can follow. LGfL is also offering connectivity to secure Wi-Fi and VoIP, provided by Cisco over the same core network. Now, over 2,500 schools can now tap into a Wi-Fi service - and the more schools that join, the cheaper it will become. Schools can simply buy the number of wireless access points they need, and run a managed wireless service at a fraction of the price of a standalone service. By installing VoIP, schools will also reduce their on-going telephony spend and benefit from completely free calls to other school sites on the system. Today, schools can take full advantage of e-learning tools like tablets, interactive whiteboards and educational podcasts. And it’s making a real difference to teachers too – providing them with the tools they need to help inspire the next generation of young professionals. “The simple fact is that a modern education starts with digital learning tools, and today’s schools need access to better connectivity - to give their students the best start in life. We’re constantly working to provide a richer learning experience. By working with Virgin Media Business we’re able to deliver new resources to the schools that need it,” continued Brian. "The new network is giving us the technology muscle we need to keep on innovating and to help schools introduce new teaching methods that continue to transform the way teachers teach and children learn.” Key benefits Delivering a richer, more interactive learning experience to pupils across the capital region Creating a safe, online learning environment to access vital e-learning resources Delivering better value for money Sharing services across different school sites Read more and download Case Study...
You’ll find tablets and smart phones in most homes up and down the country, but what about in the classroom? Children are becoming more and more tech savvy, and schools are facing increasing pressure to offer students a more digitally interactive learning experience. The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) is an organisation committed to delivering the very best classroom technology and online learning tools to teachers and students across London. And it’s joined forces with Virgin Media Business to launch LGfL 2.0 to transform how public services are delivered to schools across the capital. Not only is LGfL making a real difference to schools, it’s saving up to £100 million in public money each year through the PSN shared framework, over which each school can procure new technology services, for less. Organisation: London Grid for Learning Industry sector: Education Location: London Challenge: To give over 2,500 London schools access to more exciting and interactive digital learning tools - for less than a standalone solution Solution: A PSN shared services initiative Products: Public Services Network (PSN) compliant, Wide Area Network (WAN) with links delivering speeds of up to 40Gbit/s Benefits: Superfast access to online learning resources like educational podcasts, video streaming and virtual classrooms LGfL is a consortium of all 33 London local authorities and 2,500 schools - working together to provide innovative, cost effective ICT services. Their aim was to launch LGfL 2.0, an initiative with a grand ambition – to give schools across London access to the best technology services, yet keeping them as affordable as possible. To achieve this, Virgin Media Business has teamed up with LGfL to deliver services, valued at £200 million over the lifetime of the contract, to schools across the capital. These services include education based filtered internet access, voice, data and other ICT services, which are accessed over a dedicated superfast network, provided by Virgin Media Business. LGfL 2.0 replaced the old legacy network, providing a secure, superfast infrastructure and shared buying framework. Thanks to the new network, London authorities could save up to £100m a year, as schools and councils that connect to the network share the cost of buying new technology services. The network now underpins the delivery of the best value broadband and communication services, connecting up to 3,200 unique education locations, and over a million students, as well as all 33 London local authorities. “There’s never been a more important time to use London schools’ collective buying power to secure the best value services,” said Brian Durrant, Chief Executive at LGfL. “With the right learning tools and technology in place, we can help give every child the best chance in life. A dynamic and technically advanced learning environment will be at the heart of every London school in the future and with this framework in place, a new era of learning can begin.” Online access is just a click away Over the network, school children and teachers have access to an online portal www.lgfl.net and a Managed Learning Environment (MLE). The MLE is hosted in the cloud so children can conveniently access it from home, as well as school. Teachers can use the MLE to set homework, provide revision tips and post educational videos. These videos can be streamed in high definition at lightning speeds; something which simply wouldn’t have been possible without the superfast connectivity. “High-speed internet connectivity is underpinning the delivery of some truly exciting technology in London's classrooms," said Brian. “We have over 100 resource libraries available to pupils, such as the entire Guardian and Observer newspaper archives and over 50,000 professionally recorded music tracks - all of which can be accessed at the click of a button.” Solving Wi-Fi poverty The E-Learning Foundation recently voiced concerns that limited access to Wi-Fi was preventing children benefiting from digital learning tools, but LGfL is bucking the trend by creating a blueprint the rest of the UK can follow. LGfL is also offering connectivity to secure Wi-Fi and VoIP, provided by Cisco over the same core network. Now, over 2,500 schools can now tap into a Wi-Fi service - and the more schools that join, the cheaper it will become. Schools can simply buy the number of wireless access points they need, and run a managed wireless service at a fraction of the price of a standalone service. By installing VoIP, schools will also reduce their on-going telephony spend and benefit from completely free calls to other school sites on the system. Today, schools can take full advantage of e-learning tools like tablets, interactive whiteboards and educational podcasts. And it’s making a real difference to teachers too – providing them with the tools they need to help inspire the next generation of young professionals. “The simple fact is that a modern education starts with digital learning tools, and today’s schools need access to better connectivity - to give their students the best start in life. We’re constantly working to provide a richer learning experience. By working with Virgin Media Business we’re able to deliver new resources to the schools that need it,” continued Brian. "The new network is giving us the technology muscle we need to keep on innovating and to help schools introduce new teaching methods that continue to transform the way teachers teach and children learn.” Key benefits Delivering a richer, more interactive learning experience to pupils across the capital region Creating a safe, online learning environment to access vital e-learning resources Delivering better value for money Sharing services across different school sites Read more and download Case Study

Virgin Media Business

Growing up in a completely connected world

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘school’? Blackboards, books, pens and paper – the traditional image of a classroom – a nice, familiar image, but one that is no longer relevant for the world as it is today. We now live in a completely connected society, where we must all constantly keep up with the latest innovations. Out with the blackboards, in with the smart boards; and forget pencil sharpeners – just don’t forget to sharpen your typing skills. What this means is that children are now learning to use the latest technology not just in the way they spend their free time – on smartphones and iPads – but also in the way they study and are taught at school. As part of their goal to educate, schools now need to be immersed in digital technology. But there are many challenges to this. The first, and most important one, is having the very basic resources necessary to access online learning – high-speed, reliable broadband. The second is knowing that children are protected when working online: just as we would never let them go into an unsafe area in a city, there are parts of the internet that we would never want our children to visit. The final issue is about having access to quality online learning materials. Although nothing can ever replace an inspiring teacher, having the right tools can really help motivate kids. Because being adaptable and comfortable with technology are exactly the abilities that are becoming increasingly critical in the workplace (and in life!) today, we have a responsibility to help our children develop them while they are in education. What we know about jobs today will soon become as outdated as the fax machine – since 65% of today's primary school children will end up in jobs that haven't yet been invented. We may no longer be able to pass on specific professional knowledge – but we can teach them the skills, the curiosity and the attitude that will help them thrive. This can be done by getting them to work on projects with schools on the other side of the world thanks to video links, sharpening their business skills by involving them in online fundraising initiatives, or teaching them to use or even build the kinds of programmes they will need professionally. From knowing basic Excel and PowerPoint to more sophisticated design, language and computing tools, a grounding in digital skills is vital to confidently adapting to a new world – one where holograms, virtual simulators and 3D printing are all expected to be part of a day’s work. And that is why London Grid for Learning’s initiative to improve students’ IT experience in London has been such a great success – it was widely adopted by schools across London, and helped them save over £100 million. Because we want to enhance children’s education provision and support innovation, Virgin Media Business has just signed a deal to take this programme to schools across the UK. This new initiative is called TRUSTnet and will provide access to high-speed broadband, improved security and tailored educational content. It is often repeated, but it’s true: an investment in our children is an investment in our future – and we need to think of all the different aspects in which we can help them grow, succeed – and be prepared to discover the new, innovative, digital world. As the UK leads the information revolution, it is this kind of investment in the next generation that will determine our future, and help us sustain our powerful competitive advantage....
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘school’? Blackboards, books, pens and paper – the traditional image of a classroom – a nice, familiar image, but one that is no longer relevant for the world as it is today. We now live in a completely connected society, where we must all constantly keep up with the latest innovations. Out with the blackboards, in with the smart boards; and forget pencil sharpeners – just don’t forget to sharpen your typing skills. What this means is that children are now learning to use the latest technology not just in the way they spend their free time – on smartphones and iPads – but also in the way they study and are taught at school. As part of their goal to educate, schools now need to be immersed in digital technology. But there are many challenges to this. The first, and most important one, is having the very basic resources necessary to access online learning – high-speed, reliable broadband. The second is knowing that children are protected when working online: just as we would never let them go into an unsafe area in a city, there are parts of the internet that we would never want our children to visit. The final issue is about having access to quality online learning materials. Although nothing can ever replace an inspiring teacher, having the right tools can really help motivate kids. Because being adaptable and comfortable with technology are exactly the abilities that are becoming increasingly critical in the workplace (and in life!) today, we have a responsibility to help our children develop them while they are in education. What we know about jobs today will soon become as outdated as the fax machine – since 65% of today's primary school children will end up in jobs that haven't yet been invented. We may no longer be able to pass on specific professional knowledge – but we can teach them the skills, the curiosity and the attitude that will help them thrive. This can be done by getting them to work on projects with schools on the other side of the world thanks to video links, sharpening their business skills by involving them in online fundraising initiatives, or teaching them to use or even build the kinds of programmes they will need professionally. From knowing basic Excel and PowerPoint to more sophisticated design, language and computing tools, a grounding in digital skills is vital to confidently adapting to a new world – one where holograms, virtual simulators and 3D printing are all expected to be part of a day’s work. And that is why London Grid for Learning’s initiative to improve students’ IT experience in London has been such a great success – it was widely adopted by schools across London, and helped them save over £100 million. Because we want to enhance children’s education provision and support innovation, Virgin Media Business has just signed a deal to take this programme to schools across the UK. This new initiative is called TRUSTnet and will provide access to high-speed broadband, improved security and tailored educational content. It is often repeated, but it’s true: an investment in our children is an investment in our future – and we need to think of all the different aspects in which we can help them grow, succeed – and be prepared to discover the new, innovative, digital world. As the UK leads the information revolution, it is this kind of investment in the next generation that will determine our future, and help us sustain our powerful competitive advantage.

Virgin Media Business

Richard Branson gets a grilling from school kids

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