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Becta Content Developers’ Bulletin: Issue 33, October 2007







October 2007

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Becta Content Dev
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,
October

2007

This bulletin is also available to download from the
Becta website

[http://www.becta.org.uk/i ndustry/newsletters].

In this edition:

1.

News headlines

2.
Focus on… vocabulary management

3.
Education updates


3.1
Schools



3.2
Post
-
16 and 14

19


3.3
SEN and inclusion


4.
Technical news

5.
General news

6.
Events

7.
Feedback and unsubscription information

1. News

headlines

Funding for primary English and maths teaching

The Government has announced that it will be investing £144 million over the next
three years to develop and roll out nationally the programmes ‘Every child a reader
(ECAR)’ and ‘Every child counts
(ECC)’. The funding will support teacher training
and provide one
-
to
-
one tuition for some pupils. Aimed at primary schools, the
programmes are expected to be followed soon by the ‘Every child a writer’
programme, which is still in development. A
DCSF press release

has more
information [
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2007_0171
].

2. Focus on…

vocabulary management

We’ve just improved
Becta’s

vocabulary management service
s
,

with a new
-
look
Vocabulary Bank

now available [
http://bank.vocman.com
].

Vocabulary Bank is a dynamic publishing environment for controlled vocabularies
used in UK education for tagging learning content, for naviga
tion or for mapping
between terms.

You can search or browse vocabularies and download them if you
want to use them. You can also register
to
receive alerts when a vocabulary
changes.

For providers of platforms or portals, web service calls are available
fo
r

up
-
to
-
date dynamic queries.

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The QCA recently announced changes
to
the curriculum in England
which will
take
effect from September 2008.
We have had t
hese put into vocabularies in an open
standard format and published to Vocabulary Bank
,

so that users of
the vocabularies
can prepare for next year.

The Vocabulary Management Group
, a specialist software and consultancy
company,
manages and maintains
Becta's vocabulary management services on
our
behalf.

If you

re interested in editing, managing and publishing

vocabularies, or
if you
have
any queries about vocabulary management services, please email
bank@vocman.com
.

3. Education updates

3.1
Schools

Support materials for teaching early literacy development

The Primary Natio
nal Strategy
has
produced some

new materials to support the
teaching of early literacy development. The materials align with the
recommendations of the Rose Review
,

published last year
,

which highlighted the
role of phonics work as a preferred teaching app
roach. The materials
, which you

can
download from
the
Communication, language and literacy development website
,

should be of interest to developers of literacy products
if you
want to integr
ate
phonics approaches in
your
products
[
http://www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/clld/i ndex.html
].

Principles for effective learning and teaching

The ESRC
(Economic and Social Research Council)
has recently published
‘Principles into practice
: What is, and what
might be?

.

The publication
draws
together articles based on the evidence and research from over 20 projects which
are part of the
Teaching and Learning Research Programme

(TLRP).
Primarily for
practitioners,


Principles into practice’

includes several art
icles on the role of ICT in
teaching and 10 principles for effective learning and teaching based on experiences
from across
TLRP
research projects. Developers
,

too
,

may find it a useful source of
guidance about the evidence behind effective learning and te
aching approaches.
You

can download

‘Principles into practice’

from
TLRP
publications

[
http://www.tlrp.org/pub/i ndex.html
].

The impact of ICT in schools across Europe

European Schoolnet has published t
he
paper ‘ICT in schools: Trends, innovations
and issues in 2006

2007’. The paper
gives
an overview of developments in schools
across Europe
,

including progress in ICT infrastructure, the ICT strategies of a
selection of member states and evidence of the impa
ct of ICT in schools. The paper
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should be useful to developers who wish to gain a better understanding of ICT
opportunities
across Europe
. You

can download

it

from European Schoolnet’s
Insight
portal

[
http://insight.eun.org/ww/en/pub/insight/misc/specialreports/ict_in_schools_.htm
].

Interactive whiteboards reports

Becta
has published
a
report
on
the Primary Schools Whiteboard Expansion Project
,

which provided
funding to local authorities in 2003

4. The report is based on
research carried out between 2004 and 2006
,

with evidence showing some impact
on attainment in English, maths and science. The report also explores the impact
of
whiteboards on teachers’ classr
oom practice.
You may download t
he report,
Evaluation of the Primary Schools Whiteboard Expansion Project
, from the Becta
website
[http://partners.becta.org.uk/i
ndex.php?section=rh&catcode=_re_rp_02&rid=14422]
.

Futurelab has also recently published a report which reviews evidence
of

whiteboard
use and explores key questions raised by the evidence for teachers, whiteboard
manufacturers and content developers.
You c
an find t
he report,
Interactive
whiteboards in the classroom
,

on the
Futurelab website

[
http://www.futurelab.org.uk/events/listi ng/whiteboards/report
].

3.2 Post
-
16 and 14

19

Te
chnology Exemplar Network

The
Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education
, Bill Rammell MP,
has announced
funding of
£3.9 million

for the Technology Exemplar Network
initiative
. The initiative
aims
to
create
a national network
to enable
p
ractitioners in the
FE and skills sectors to share best practice in embedding ICT in learning and
teaching. The funding will also support practitioners in developing their use of
technology and in revising their strategies.
Becta and the Learning and Skill
s Council
are to lead the d
evelopment of the Technology Exemplar Network.
You can find out
more

from the
press release

on the Becta website
[
http://news.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?resID=34346
].

Funding call for re
-
use of learning materials

JISC is inviting HE
institutions
and
those in
FE
that

deliver HE to more than 400
students to bid for funding for projects which re
-
use learning materials sourced from
outside the institutions.
The deadline for

b
ids
is

30 November
2007
and up to
£25,000 is available for each project.

Details are available from the
JISC website

[
http://www.jisc.ac.uk/fundi ngoppor
tunities/funding_calls/2007/10/reuseofcontent.asp
x
].

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19
th
-
c
entury newspaper
online
archive

In partnership with JISC, t
he British Library is making a collection of 19
th
-
century
newspapers available online free of charge to HE and FE institutions. The archi
ve
currently holds
one
million pages of content and there are plans to expand this
in
2008
to
three
million pages.
Find out more from

the
website of the
British Library

[
http://w
ww.bl.uk/collections/britishnewspapers1800to1900.html
].

Mobile learning in
the
work
place

The Institute of Education has published
Mobile learning: toward
s a research
agenda
,

which draws together articles by a range of authors about the use of mobile
learning in work
-
based learning

settings
. The paper should be of interest to any
developer looking at the role of mobile technologies in learning
[
http://www.
wlecentre.ac.uk/cms/i ndex.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=126
&Itemid=50
].

3.3 SEN and inclusion

Personalising the curriculum for students with learning difficulties

The QCA has released 14 video case studies on personalising the curriculum for
learners

aged 14 to 25 who have learning difficulties.
The case studies are part of
QCA’s
guidance on planning support for learners with learning difficulties in school,
college and training environments. Although there is not a specific focus on ICT,
you
may find

the videos useful for inspiring ideas for how

your

products could support
learners in a range of settings.
You

can download

the case studies

from the
QCA
website

[
http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_13985.aspx
].

New t
raining programme for SEN support

The Government has launched a
new £2
-
million training programme to raise the
confidence and skills of practitioners and support staff working with children
who
have special educational needs

(
SEN
)
. The Inclusion Dev
elopment Programme will
initially focus on
speech, language and communication needs and dyslexia
,
but
over
the next four years
will also develop
further training on
autistic spectrum disorders,
behavioural issues and moderate learning difficulties
. Support

materials
should

be
available from the National Strategies from December.
If you’re a d
eveloper

working
in this area, you

may want monitor how the training programme could increase
demand for ICT resources which support SEN. The
press release

is available from
the
DCSF website

[
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2007_0193
].

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4. Technical news

TechNews

S
e
p
tember’s edition of Becta’s
TechNews

is now online. The latest edition
of the
online
newsletter
includes analyses of identity
-

and access
-
management
technologies and developments in multimedia search technology
,

plus

a round
-
up of
technology news.

Search engine technologie
s explored

Information Week

has published an article which looks at the possible future models
of search engine technology. Areas
in developm
ent
currently being explored include
language analysis, personalisation, background searching, social/human filtered
results and results clustering to give links and context
[
http://www.informationweek.com/i nternet/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=201202986&ci
d
=RSSfeed_TechWeb
]
.

LTS online content guidelines

Learning and Teaching Scotland

(LTS)

has
published
on its website some
new
guidance for delivering products and services

for the LTS Online Service
. The
guidance includes content writing, accessibility and technical standards that
developers are expected to
address when producing content for the LTS Online
Service.
T
he guidance may also be of interest to
other
developers as it gives a good
example of

what commissioners
of products
or

services
might expect
[
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/webstandards/
].

Linux
-
based laptop for schools

RM is marketing
the
RM Asus mini
B
ook
,
a Linux
-
b
ased
mini
-
laptop
,

to schools

[
http://www.rm.com/LEA/Products/Product.asp?cref=PD1024415
],
. The
laptop
offers
a range of integrated features including
a webcam and wireless capability
.

However,
it hasn’t

the large memory capacity or processors
of

‘tradition
al’ laptops
, so
it
may be
best
suited to accessing online resources. It may be worth monitoring uptake to see
if demand for more Linux
-
based products increases.
In addition to the details of

the
RM Asus mini
B
ook
that you’ll find
on

RM
’s
website
,

you may li
ke to
see

the

commentary
i
n
Guardian Unlimited

[
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/oct/18/news
].

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5. General news

Becta refers Microsoft to the Office of Fair Trading

Becta

has m
ade a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for alleged anti
-
competitive practices by Microsoft in the schools software marketplace and in
relation to Microsoft's approach to document interoperability.

You can find out more

from the

Becta

press release

[
http://news.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?resID=34425
].

Creative Commons
launches learning initiative


Creative Commons
has
launched a new initiative called
ccLearn

that
aims to
encourage and promote the sharing of open educational resources (OER) licensed
for re
-
use under schemes such as the Creative Commons licen
c
es
.

The initial
project, Open Education Search, involves ccLearn, Google and
the Hewlett
Foundation
.

It
aims to develop simple mechanisms for practitioners to find materials
deemed
to be
OERs. Initiatives of this kind may be worth monitoring as more
practitioners are encouraged to create and share resources
[
http://learn.creati veco
mmons.org
].

Learning about l
earning

The
LTS
website
,
Learning about learning
,

offers a comprehensive overview of all
the latest thinking about learning from around the world. It’
s a good place for
developers to
explore
the pedagogical foundation
s

which
may
influence new
materials

[
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/learningaboutlearning/i ndex.asp
]
.

Futurelab literature r
eview
s updated

Futurelab has recently updated some

of
its

literatur
e reviews to reflect the latest
developments
. The reviews concerned are those

relating to the us
e of technology in
the areas of

creativity and learning,
citizenship
and learning, and e
-
assessment
.
You
may download both t
he original reviews and
the
updates from the
Futurelab website

[
http://www.futurelab.org.uk/resources/publications_reports_articles/literature_review
s
].

6. Events

e
-
Attain

20 November
2007
, Rotherham

The e
-
Attain conference and exhibition will showcase a range of e
-
learning projects
that

demonstrate how young people are benefiting from the use of ICT in education.
Ther
e will also be a programme of s
peakers

involved in national and regional
developments.
You can find out more

and book
your place
online on
the
e
-
Attain
website

[
http://www.e
-
attai n.co.uk
].

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North West Education Technology Show

21

22 November 2007, Bolton

Northern Technology Show

6

7 Fe
bruary 2008, Newcastle

upon

Tyne

Developers may want to look at exhibition opportunities at these forthcoming
regional showcases. Exhibitor information is available from
Reaching Teaching

[
http://reachingteachi
ng.com/
].

AbilityNet training courses

21
November,
2
7

November

and 4 December
2007,
London

The inclusion support charity AbilityNet
is

running a series of training days about
making accessible digital content.
There are still some places on

the
next
t
hree

courses:

A
practical introduction to website accessibility

(21 November)
;

R
ich media
and l
atest trends in accessibility

(27 November)
; and
A very practical guide to testing
against WCAG1.0 and 2.0

(4 December)
. The
fees for attending the
training
and

more information about the are
as covered
are

available from the
AbilityNet website
,
where
you may
also
book your place online

[
http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/webopencourses
]
.

7. Feedback and unsubscription information

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.

Feedback

We hope you find this bulletin useful. If you have any comments about it or would
like to know
more about the support and advice available from Becta for content
developers and providers, either send an email to
contentdevelopers@becta.org.uk

or phone Tim Dumbleton at Becta (024 76
79 7059
).

Becta
and Marshal Anderson, independent consultant, have collated the items in this
bulletin. The intention is to provide a wide range of information and perspectives for
content developers, so items may not necessarily reflect Becta's official view.

If you woul
d like to submit news or information for future editions, please contact Tim
Dumbleton,
Project Manager

at Becta, by sending an email to
contentdevelopers@becta.org.uk
.

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