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Wondering how you can use your mobile devices on an educational visit?

In our one day CPD event, we aim to provide inspiration for teachers who want to explore the potential to use iPads to support cross-curricular English and Computing activities. by making use of an educational visit to inspire student writing and creative storytelling.Participants will select from a series of "missions" aimed at developing your iPad skills in KS1 & KS2.  Every mission seeks to unleash your creativity and provide you with inspirational ideas for activities you can run with your own class both during and after a visit to Beamish.

 Join us at Beamish Museum 
 4th of  July  9:00 -16:00  

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Julie Harrison and 65 others have joined the group NQTs 15-16 Cohort 9 months ago
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Computing Leads meeting 21 September new room at Monkwearmouth 4 - 5

We are sending out this reminder for our meeting this Thursday. The focus of this meeting is robots. We hope to see you there. Come to reception and...

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Mark Lloyd added a new event to Primary IT Coordinators group 2 years ago

ICT/Computing Leads Network Meeting - September 2017

The next free meeting of the ICT leads will be on the 21st of September 4pm at Monkwearmouth Academy Room 20 (Note the new room - we're moving over...

  • Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:00 PM
  • Room 20 - Monkwearmouth Academy
Mark Lloyd posted a new announcement2 years ago

ICT Computing Leads Meeting Reminder

Hi Everyone Just a quick reminder that the next meeting it this Wednesday from 4-5 at Monkwearmouth Room 110. The focus of the meeting is use of...

Primary IT Coordinators

Take Part On The Big Dance and dance your way into the record books

big dance 2012

Big Dance Schools Pledge Save the date - 18 May 2012!

The Big Dance Schools Pledge is back in 2012. We’re hoping it will be the best  yet! In the last two years over 900 schools worldwide have signed up to the Big Dance Schools Pledge. For 2012, we want to boost that number to 1,500 schools.

The World Record 

Our aim is to break the world record for 'The Largest Simultaneous Dance Routine –  Multi Location'. It is currently held by the Netherlands, with 1,472 different locations. You can help us beat this record by signing your school up today.

The World Record attempt will take place at 1pm on 18 May 2012 – the day the Olympic Torch arrives in the UK.

Read more: Take Part On The Big Dance and dance your way into the record books

How would you like to give your students the opportunity to create artwork to be exhibited in London?

bustopsBus-Tops is a collaborative public art installation across 20 London boroughs. There are 30 red and black LED screens dotted around London, on the roofs of bus shelters.

Absolutely anyone in the world can create artwork for them, creating a new exhibition space for the public, and Public Art. To get started creating have a look at the FAQ

If you are a teacher or a student in the UK, Bus-Tops work closely with The Arts Award. Have a look at their Special Edition page to see how you can get started with a Bus-Tops Bronze award.

It would be a great IT project too as you can add animated gifs to the exhibition.

The Bus-Tops project is one of 12 commissions across the UK forming part of Artists Taking the Lead, a programme funded by Arts Council England for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad..

Each month the project is proud to present new works from a selected artist, who will be using 10 of the 30 screens exclusively for that month, you can check them out below:

Carla Arocha + Stéphane Schraenen, Jemima Brown,Jasmina Cibic, Michelle Deignan, Kate Davis, Ian Monroe, Mark Titchner, Conrad Ventur, and Zoe Walker & Neil Bromwich


Gok’s Teens - The Naked Truth


In February there was a series of programmes on Channel 4 covering such things as Dysmorphia, Bullying and Identity. Throughout the
programmes Gok gives troubled teens advice, confidence and self- belief they need to tackle their issues and anxieties.

These programmes have been downloaded and saved onto the media server.To have a look at the media server you will need a username and password. Contact us to gain access to the media server.


These programmes could be used alongside teacher (download here) and student (download here) packs, perhaps  as part of PSHE lessons.


Latest School News From Microsoft

Hello all and welcome back from half term!  There are a lot of events and webcasts that I’d like to make you aware of, as well as some product developments and perhaps most importantly…free software!

Read more: Latest School News From Microsoft

First Ever Sunderland Scchool ICT Supplier's Day


Shaping the technology provision into Sunderland Schools - Friday 2nd March 2012 - 09:00 - 16:00




All Sunderland Schools should now have received an invitation to our forthcoming ICT Education Services Showcase Day, to be held on Friday 2nd March at the Sunderland Future’s Pallion Centre. 

This is the first of a series of events aimed at supporting schools in Sunderland make the right investments in technology.


We have assembled an interesting set of suppliers and existing partners of the Council to provide an overview of what is an ever expanding education ICT marketplace. We're looking to give you the opportunity first hand to speak to some leading vendors who develop some class leading solutions in Virtual Learning Environments, classroom management systems and on-line learning tools.


Read more: First Ever Sunderland Scchool ICT Supplier's Day

What are you doing for safer Internet day?

safer internetFebruary 7th is an important date for your diary as it marks 'Safer Internet Day 2012' which promotes safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young people.

The e-Learning Foundation is a major supporter of this event and is keen to ensure that as many schools, parents and pupils are aware of it, what it is about and what resources are available.

Resources are available for Parents, children and teachers as well as packs specifically for Primary and Secondary schools.

All of this information is available from their website at: www.saferinternet.org.uk


Important information if your school has radio mics or in ear monitors

radio micRadio Microphone frequencies will change at the end of 2012

The UK government announced last year that they were selling off the frequency bands used for radio microphones and moving the frequencies for this use. This was set to happen at the end of September this year, the latest news is that a short reprieve has been given and the switchover will now happen at the end of December 2012.

How will this affect me?

This is going to effect a great many people, including Schools, Pubs, Clubs, Churches, in fact almost everybody who owns a radio microphone.  You will need to check your equipment operating frequency ranges, which can normally be found printed on the transmitter and receiver, against the legal frequency bands

If your equipment is able to operate in the licence free spectrum (863MHz - 865MHz) you will be able to continue using it, providing you tune your system to one of the legal frequencies.

However if your equipment is not able to operate in this range you may need to replace your equipment.

The best plan is to check with the website of your equipment manufacturer to find out whether your devices can be operated after the changeover.

The good news is if you own Sennheiser G2 evolution equipment, as many of you do.  It can still be used, provided you retune your systems to use one of the legal frequencies.

These are:-

Channel 1 - 863.100MHz

Channel 2 - 863.500MHz

Channel 3 - 864.300MHz

Channel 4 - 864.900MHz


I have made a label you can attach to your equipment to remind users of the frequencies that can be used after December 2012 - see download below.

If your equipment is not compatible it will have to be replaced by the end of the year. The government were operating a compensation scheme for users who have to change their equipment but sadly this has now ended.

There is some really useful guidance on the Shure website here

RTS Awards

RTS awards put North East's young filmmakers in the spotlight

RTS awards put North East's young filmmakers in the spotlight

Released: Monday 9th January 2012 at 09:35

Budding young Spielbergs with a passion for TV and filmmaking are being invited to showcase their talents at one of the region’s most prestigious media festivals.

The Royal Television Society (RTS) North East and Borders Centre is calling on schools, colleges and film clubs throughout the North East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Borders for entries to its annual Young Peoples’ Media Festival (YPMF), which is being staged next spring in Sunderland.

This showcase event for young filmmakers has been running in the region for more than two decades and has proved an important stepping stone for would-be producers and directors in the 14 to 19 age group.

The awards are split into three festivals: the Junior Festival (five to 13), which is a showcase for the youngest entrants; the Senior Festival; and the Senior Professionally Supported Festival, which is for young people who have been supported by media organisations to develop media skills. The Senior Festivals are competitive events for those aged 14 to 19 and will be judged across categories in drama, documentary and entertainment. The most outstanding work from the entries will be recognised and may be awarded a Royal Television Society Certificate.

All entries are judged by media professionals who will be looking for originality, scripting, creativity, visual flair, awareness of the target audience, use of resources and professionalism.

The Young Peoples’ Media Festival 2012 will be held at the University of Sunderland on 16 May and 23 May, in the prestigious David Puttnam Media Centre on the banks of the River Wear.

More informantion here: