Link2ICT Supporting schools

link2ictBeLF are delighted to announce that Link2ICT will once again be supporting schools choosing to use BeLF (the Birmingham e-Learning Foundation) to help address the digital divide and re-imagine learning.

Substantial grants are now available to provide the CPD and professional services required to make a new 1:1 device scheme work. Like textbooks, pencils and paper, technology is likely to be ineffective in raising attainment and enriching the learning experience…unless there is appropriate guidance, intervention and planned use. That’s why Link2ICT is providing grants to help equip you to maximise the learning benefits when adopting a 1:1 device programme.

You will need to be quick though – the grants available are limited and on a first come, first served basis, and subject to certain criteria.

For more details of BeLF, see www.belf.org.uk. If your school is interested in adopting the BeLF process, and wish to access the Link2ICT grants available to support you in this, contact Link2ICT’s Senior Education Advisor – Bren Taylor
( bren.taylor@servicebirmingham.co.uk ).

Hallmoor iPad project

Some extremely happy pupils at Hallmoor have received their iPads through the BeLF scheme.

Hallmoor introduced iPads two year groups in their school. The children completed tasks set by teachers and then explored Apps that are available.

They are going to be used in school for a while before the pupils take them home so they get used to them as educational tools first. Good luck with the project Hallmoor.

If you are interested introducing a scheme like this please contact us at enquiries@belf.org.uk or call on 07882 175 855

Parents rate iPads

BeLF is starting to gather the feedback from our iPad pilots. Dr Rachel Pilkington from the University of Birmingham is looking at the impact on our behalf, and we are looking forward to her findings. In the meantime though we wanted to share some of the simple comments that we received from a recent parent event. We’re very happy with the anecdotal evidence that is appearing that shows our positive impact.

My child love his eye pad He loves going to school and enjoy learning at i. pad very much it helps my child and also my family as well to learn new thing at home Thankyou very much. Keep up good work

He enjoys using the iPad and is keen to show everyone what he has learnt. He always completes his homework and is keen to do his homework on time.

He is very confident and competent He is becoming more independent Brilliant scheme!!

My son make sure that he does his homework first and then he get to play on it with his brother. Because all there brothers and sisters work together My child enjoys doing there homework because at the same time they have fun that he enjoy show others in family how IPad is helping him with his reading

Rowan gets his certificate

 

Rowan with his certificate
Rowan with his brother and sister, showing us his certificate.

Yesterday I visited a lovely little boy who had been waiting for a while to claim his gift voucher and certificate for his entry in our 2011 competition.  Rowan was too young to enter but the judges were very impressed  with the story he had written with the help of his mother.  He did want a computer so he didn’t have to wait for his sister or brother (seen in the picture) to finish their work before he could  get online to ‘watch Scooby Doo’,  or to do numbers and  alphabet work.

Rowan also wrote that  the main reason he wanted a laptop was so ‘I can be a big boy like Daddy and do real work on it‘.  Rowan  was under four when he entered the competition with the help of his mother.

Ruth Garner,

More presentations!

Chelsie is being presented with her netbook - she is a winner of our recent competitionBeLF is proud to announce the presentation of a Netbook to Chelsie, one of the recent competition winners.

BeLF attended King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy to present the prize to Chelsie the winner of the age 9-11 category.

Chelsie  was presented with her prize by Eric Clewer, Director of the Birmingham eLearning Foundation

Well done Chelsie!

Competition Prizes

BeLf is proud to announce one of the first prize giving’s of the BeLF competition.

BeLF attended Hillwest Primary school to present the prize to Ali the winner of the age 7-8 category. We had around 300 entries and were overwhelmed by the high quality of the entries, the panel thoroughly enjoyed reading each entry.

Ali was presented with his prize by Ian McCall, Chief Executive of the Birmingham eLearning Foundation.  He was extremely happy to receive his prize in front of his school colleagues. Ali’s mother, who also attended the assembly, said:

I was really excited; it has been so good for Ali’s confidence and self-esteem. Encouraging a boy to write can be extremely challenging so the netbook will help a lot!”

The school was also very proud of Ali’s achievement. They are actively encouraging the use of ICT in schools and are also taking part in the iPad pilot project. Hannah Cook, ICT Technician said:

“As a school we actively encourage the use of ICT to enhance children’s learning so we were delighted to learn that Ali had won the competition. ICT has a huge part to play in building children’s confidence and breaking down possible barriers to learning so we were thrilled with the news!”

Well done Ali

‘All the things I would do if I had my own Laptop’

We had some amazing competition entries and although we could only pick a few winners , we’d like to share some quotes of the others submitted:

  • I feel that if I had a netbook to use, I would feel enthuslastic confident.   Sandeep Digpal Age 9 -Moor Green Primary
  • I can use the laptop while me and my lovely family travel to different places and I can do my work at the same time. Andaleeb Khuram Age 9 -Clifton Junior School
  • I dont always have to go to the library all the time to do my work . Jaavaria Age 10- Brookvale Primary
  • If I had a laptop I would be able to exteend my knowledge by researching history. Annesah Age 10 -Clifton Primary
  • I would use it to research on the thing , we are learning at school so I would know better things about the subjects. George Combill Age 10 -St John Fisher
  • I like working on computers because its full of new stuff. Nia Campbell Age 10 Bordesley Village Primary School
  • I’ve got to admit that I would play games because of course your going to play games, your going to be temptem to, especially when you’ve got it all to yourself. Aiza Nadim Age 10-St Martin de porres
  • it would also teach me alot about internet Safety and rules. Tehremm Age 7 – St Martin de porres
  • If I had a laptop I wud play smart Horrid Henry games I like playing him Because Horrid Henry gets away with things and I dont like wen he gets sent to Bed. Parismur Age 6 -St Catherine of Siena Primary School

Read more …….

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.”

 

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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