Latest technology for pupils for home use to support their classwork

The Birmingham e-Learning Foundation (BeLF) is piloting the use of iPads by pupils in four schools in Birmingham this coming school year – Moor Green Primary, Hill West Primary, Clifton Primary and Osborne Primary.  Each school has been looking at the different Apps and issues for using iPads both in the classroom and at home and all have now decided to roll-out the iPads to complete selected classes of KS2 pupils in Years 4 and 5 from the start of the new school year in September.

Since 2001, the Birmingham e-Learning Foundation has worked tirelessly with Birmingham’s schools to enhance pupils’ educational attainment.  Their focus has been to help provide computers, netbooks and now the very latest iPads as well as home broadband connectivity.  To date over 35,000 pupils at 45 schools in Birmingham have been supported through various programmes.

BeLF is dedicated to working with schools, parents and other partners in providing personal learning devices for ALL pupils in Birmingham.  The aim is to reduce the effects of the digital divide by providing technology to aid learning both at home and school as technology is an important part of daily life.  Having their own personal learning device to support their classwork motivates and raises pupils’ aspirations no matter what their circumstances.

“In some ways this is business as usual for BeLF”, explains Ian McCall, Head of BeLF, “It’s classloads of devices, supported by grants, schools and parents, focused on Teaching and Learning gains.  And it’s great to see our inclusive model continuing in difficult financial times.

 

 

“There’s also genuine excitement around these pilots coming from the schools, the IT experts and especially the students, due to the new technology involved.  Everyone is genuinely interested in finding out how this buzz can be captured to deliver educational benefits to these children.  These pilots will test a financial model and a technical solution that a lot of schools will find very attractive.”

Miss Beth Clarke, Head Teacher at Hill West Primary School said, “We are really excited about this new initiative and know that the pupils will be too. The use of technology is imperative in a 21st Century Society and we want to prepare our pupils as best as possible, not only to be able to use it but also for it to support their learning and progress”.

 

Clifton Primary School, Christine Mitchell said, “We are very excited about our new iPad project and are delighted to be working with the Birmingham e-learning Foundation and taking advantage of their expertise.   At Clifton we are always keen to trial innovative ways to enhance teaching and learning and embrace emerging technologies where we feel they will have a profound impact.  We feel this project is an ideal way to engage with whole families and enrich the learning experiences of all and builds on our success of last year when 108 of our families benefited through the Home Access Scheme.”

BeLF - pupils piloting iPads at Osborne Primary School Birmingham July 2011

 

An Osborne Primary School parent said, “It is an excellent idea to have iPads in school as it gives children a different perspective on learning and my daughter will be able to do more at home to improve her learning.”

 

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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Belf provides safer Internet Dongles

Internet Dongles

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BeLF has teamed up with Steljes to provide safer internet access to pupils. Just a few days before the end of summer term.  BeLF  provided internet dongles to 3 schools. These schools who are already involved in the BeLF programme used parental contribution funds from previous projects to provide internet access to students and their families through via dongle modems.

These dongles are different to the usual dongles available from the shops. They offer managed access so pupils cannot  access certain sites such as gambling or adult -orientated sites. Access depends on age group so parents and teachers have the peace of mind that children are more safely surfing the internet.

BeLF plans to rollout about 500 dongles to schools in the Autumn term.  Any school that is involved in the BeLF programme and  interested in this should contact Sophie or Ian

 

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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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