The Moseley Exchange

BeLF keeps its costs down by using the ‘Working from Home’ model.  Which is why we are quite reliant on e-mail and the social media to keep in touch.  It also explains why Ian is often at McDonalds or working from Starbucks or Costa between meetings .

 

We also find the co-working space and community at the Moseley Exchange www.moseleyexchange.com very useful and helpful when we need a space that feels like an office. Ian tries to work from the Exchange most Tuesdays if you would like to drop in.

Moseley Exchange

BeLF Annual Report 2011

Download the 2011 Report Now!
Download the 2011 Report Now!

The Birmingham eLearning Foundation Annual Report 2011 is now available to download.  We hope you enjoy reading it and we welcome your comments and feedback.

We are pleased to announce that 2011 was another successful year for the Birmingham eLearning
Foundation despite all the national and local challenges. Like many organisations, we have had to
look at new ways of working, new partnerships and new opportunities to enable us to continue our
work in providing personal learning devices to pupils across the City of Birmingham and continuing
our battle to close the digital divide.’

 

BeLF grants £48,000 to schools.

We are pleased to announce that this month BeLF has granted £48,000 to schools to buy new learning devices for use by pupils for home / school access. This includes funds to our four pilot primary schools to buy the new iPad 2s.

The schools that have benefitted from this are Small Heath, Yardley, Bartly Green, Hillwest Primary, Osborne Primary, Moor Green Primary and Clifton. We will be keeping you informed of how the pupils will be getting on with their devices over the coming months.

BeLF Programme- iPads for Primary Schools

BeLF is working with some primary schools in Birmingham to investigate if the iPad is beneficial to teaching and learning. The pilot schools are Moor Green Primary, Hill West Primary, Clifton Primary and Osborne Primary. The schools are looking at how they can use the iPad in education. Each of these schools has been provided with an iPad by BeLF to test and use in the school. They have been looking at various different apps and the issues about using the iPads in classrooms. We have had positive feedback and aim to roll-out the iPads in this grant round.

If any schools are interested and would like more information please contact Sophie.

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Belf help Birmingham schools with Home Access Grants

Home Access

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BeLF made contact with 340 schools and visited over 40 schools to help parents with children that are entitiled to FSM apply for a grant to get a free computer and a years free internet access.

The Home Access is a government scheme to help children on free school meals get a grant to purchase a computer and a years internet access. In spite of array of problems that weren’t addressed by the model such as culture , language and child safety we managed to get Birmingham its fair slice of the national funding with Birmingham receiving just over 10,000 grants. Home access is drawing to a close and if you have any queries please contact the home access helpline.

 

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45 secondary schools are now signed up to the BeLF Programme

45 BeLF schools..


The Birmingham eLearning Foundation now has 45 secondary schools involved with the programme. The aim is to make sure that every student in KS3 has a laptop at home for school use. There are over 23,000 devices currently in the homes of students across Birmingham and sustainable plans and projects in a large number of schools to assist new cohorts of students.

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