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Chromebooks are designed to drive student focus and engagement with the learning process, empowering students to achieve anything! These shareable, versatile devices connect people to the internet, to each other and to quality apps and extensions through the power of G-Suite. With Chromebook, students thrive in collaborative learning environments, build digital skills and acquire knowledge through enhanced learning processes.

A student with technology at their fingertips, are empowered to succeed in new ways that meet the demand of 21st century learning.

Check out Kirri Gooch, who guides us through educational transformation with G-Suite:

Virtual communication and collaboration are skills that students will use throughout their lives. With Chromebooks, they can cement these skills as they collaborate with peers in apps and sites or built-in ones like Docs, Sheets and Slides.

Schools pick Chromebooks because they are versatile, affordable and easy to manage. With easy and secure deployment, you no longer need to worry about updating devices. Chromebooks update automatically and have multi-layered security, so like students, they continue to improve over time.

Each LGfL secondary school can claim 120 CloudReady licences (saving £1200), and each LGfL primary school or special school can claim 30 CloudReady licences (saving £300) as part of their existing LGfL subscription.

In addition to the Cloudready software, it is also possible to unify device management with the Chrome Management console. This will deliver the following additional benefits:

  • Secure device management with the ability to apply policies across devices at the touch of a button (for example, automatically applying Wi-Fi settings across all devices)
  • The ability to customise device settings to enable and disable specific apps, such as social media sites, according to specific year groups and in line with school policies
  • Establishing an exam mode to lock down devices to specific sites or apps

CLICK HERE to claim your liceses today!

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Technology facilitates an integral role in empowering students to be successful in learning. An inclusive classroom can enable students to do their best work and gain independence, while giving teachers the opportunity to engage every learner with new concepts. Built-in accessibility solutions are hosted across Office 365 and windows 10 to empower every students to achieve more!

It was an honour to host our first ever SuperCloud Conference in November 2019 and we were fortunate to have Hector Minto, Technical Evangelist for Accessibility at Microsoft EMEA join us on the main stage to walk us through how Microsoft are leading on Accessiblity across the Globe! Check out the keynote below:

In school, students have the ability to turn on tools when and where they need that can help them read, write and collaborate effectively.

For example, students can customize how they view and read content without feeling segregated with:

  • Learning Tools Immersive Reader – This allows students to change spacing and font size, identify syllables and parts of speech, as well as line focus. Available in OneNote, Word, Outlook, Office Lens and Edge.
  • Read Aloud – It enables students to hear written text while each word is simultaneously highlighted. Available in multiple Office 365 applications.
  • Colour Blindness filters – Added last November, these can be switched on in the Windows Ease of Access Settings to provide access to charts, graphs and images for folks that are colour blind.
  • Narrator – Provides students who are blind the ability to navigate any Windows 10 device, access content in Office 365, and read and reply to comments in Word.

Microsoft UK are delighted to offer teachers working in London schools accessibility training to ensure every child they teach is engaged in lessons and understands the topic, by helping them learn in the best way for that individual. 

Educators will also be shown how to use free computer tools that will improve reading and writing, including live captioning and Translate, as well as the immersive Reader functions that are embedded in Microsoft Edge, Word, OneNote, Teams Outlook and Flipgrid.  

If you are working in a London based school then you are invited to attend one of our workshops either in Microsoft Paddington office or in our Flagship Store on Oxford Street. These workshops are free of charge. Come and find out how to unleash the potential of our accessibility learning tools to make your classroom accessible for all students. 

DATES AVAILABLE:

14th January, 2020 – tps://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=383511661&locid=107295

5th February, 2020 – https://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=1349770212&locid=107295

18th February, 2020 – https://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=1820243277&locid=107295

3rd March, 2020 – https://www.microsoft.com/store/event_registration/?eid=1517041361&locid=107295

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As festive preparations, music and excitement fill the air, LGfL would like to take this opportunity to thank our ever-growing schools community for steering the greatest Autumn term to date! We have assigned a record-breaking number of licenses to schools, as part of your service package, at no extra cost! LGfL are dedicated to saving you EVEN MORE money in the new year, so do launch our Savings Calculator to see if you could save even more than you spend!

As part of our Pledge 2020 commitment to schools, LGfL were proud to host it’s first ever SuperCloud Conference on November 1st. We welcomed hundreds of schools across our community to showcase the best of Cloud technology, strategic approaches and whole-school transformation. Check out our highlight video below:

Cloud on a Budget!

LGfL Content Manager Bob Usher gives a fast paced collection of ideas on how to maximise the existing technology your school to access the features offered by cloud platforms. Ideas range of the benefits of one to one device deployment all the way through to how to use cloud platforms when you don’t even have a device in the classroom! Check out the video below:

We have launched our Pledge 2020 campaign which strives to provide schools with a free bandwidth upgrade to support the demand of the cloud-based tools and applications we offer. If you have not signed up for this yet, CLICK HERE to see what you could be offered, at no additional cost!

Remember you can stay up to date with all news, resources and ideas from LGfL by:

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We are delighted to present our first ever SuperCloud Conference on November 1st.

The Conference has been designed to introduce schools to how cloud technology can be effectively implemented whilst considering key factors that determine successful outcomes. As part of LGfL’s #Pledge2020 commitment to schools, providing faster broadband connections will facilitate the demand of cloud platforms.

A Cloud-based learning environment has the potential to help tackle the teacher workload, invigorate the curriculum and help with the work-life balance without being to much of a monumental change for a school to adopt new ways of thinking, working and learning.

The conference will be held in the heart of the City at etc. venues St. Pauls, where we are running a series of valuable sessions FREE to all LGfL staff.

Our Keynotes include:

  • Microsoft in Education: Accessibility for All
  • Google for Education: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Adobe Creative Cloud: The Power of Creativity
  • Amazon Web Services: Equipping the Future Workforce
  • ICT with Mr P: Raising Standards with Cloud Technology

More about our Workshops:

Microsoft Teams: Learn about the Digital Hub that reinventing smart ways to collaborate and communicate effectively as Teachers and with Students. Live editing on the same planning document, virtual CPD sessions and Assignement/Homework setting are all part of the unique experience that is Microsoft Teams.

Google Teamwork: Change working practices in schools between staff and revolutionise processes when communicating with external stakeholders such as parents and governors.

Adobe: Take your Content and Ideas to the next level with Creative Cloud and Spark. Energising the Curriculum is crucial in meeting the demand of 21st Century learners through creativity and Tools through Creative Cloud facilitate just that.

Apple: Deploying and Managing iPad in Education. Explore how to automate iPad setup, manage devices over the air, and streamline content distribution.

The day will also be a chance to visit our EdTech Marketplace, where delegates can talk to key Partners and Schools about products and services available through their LGfL subscription.

There is no limit to the places booked per school, but when all the places are taken, the booking portal will close. Please ensure that you use a school/work email when registering.

Tickets are FREE* for you and your staff ( including lunch) if you are an LGfL/TRUSTnet school, so it’s an ideal opportunity to send a small team or make it a whole-school INSET day and attend all together!

SIGN UP HERE!

* Delegates’ schools will be charged (£85 +VAT) if they do not attend and have not given due notice of cancellation.

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Back to School, and we are already thinking about those new routines that we promised ourselves to keep! The new academic year comes with many exciting new goals that we set ourselves and at the heart of them, good intentions. It can often feel overpowering with the amount of change that occurs in the new academic year but taking the time to reset and ‘all steam ahead’ is at the heart of growth development.

Have I consumed enough coffee for this? (Whilst shaking)

Where are my glasses? (usually on-top of your head)

Where do my glue sticks keep disappearing to? – Sound familiar?

Taking the time, we need to think about ways to save time and tackle the workload can often feel cumbersome with a new academic year underway. However, there are a variety of free tools out there, waiting to make the day-to-day easier and more manageable.

So, what is out there?

As part of your LGfL subscription, you have access to a plethora of learning resources and training opportunities, to help provoke your thought around using technology in the classroom. Scaffold that with a Cloud platform and the learning outcome and possibilities are endless! Whether it is an application for collaborative planning or creating engaging homework tasks in minutes, they’re out there waiting for you!

Getting Started

LGfL host a range of courses available for schools who are looking into adopting cloud technology. Visit our website to find out more about training and services available for your school.

Interested in making Cloud a priority this academic year? Our SuperCloud Leads, Jose Kingsley and Oli Trussell are on hand to support you with School transformation around Microsoft and Google Cloud solutions and can be contacted to support you on your journey.

SuperCloud Event!

We are thrilled to announce our SuperCloud Conference on November 1st, 2019! The day is set to prepare you for your adoption of Cloud technology in your school and provide you with all the latest, tools, resources and training you will need to get started. Our commitment with Pledge 2020 will see Broadband upgrades across the LGfL community to ensure you acquire the best experience when using a cloud platform to enhance your experience. We will be launching our signup for this event in the next couple of weeks, so follow our Twitter Account and sign up to secure your place!

Have a fantastic first week back and we look forward to sharing with you, all the excitement planned for the Academic year ahead!

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New Year hosts a plethora of personal and professional goals. Some easier than others to commit to. When we look at statistics, 63% of resolutions are broken within the first month. There are varied factors that contribute towards this majority percentage but all is not lost when keeping in mind the end goal.

Here are the top 5 Teacher New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Stay Positive
  2. Revive Classroom routines
  3. Work-life balance
  4. Give more personalised time to Students
  5. Keep on top of marking

Whilst these may strike as everyday practice of most Teachers, how do we ensure we are productive and proficient at keeping on top of them all?

A Cloud-based learning environment has the potential to help tackle the teacher workload, invigorate the curriculum and help with the work-life balance without being to much of a monumental change for a school to adopt new ways of thinking, working and learning.

Be Specific – A vague goal will automatically program failure because you won’t know when you have achieved it.

Specific target – Move all files and folders to an online platform.

In practice and outcome – As a Whole Staff, use your Cloud-based service (Office 365/G-Suite), to collectively move all your important files, folders and stuff into the cloud. It is simple to do, it’s just saving it to a new space that is accessible anywhere, anytime on any device. Once this is complete, all documents and presentations become live. This means that teachers can collaborate on the same planning document at the same time, without being locked out or having multiple versions saved.

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Set Tangible deadlines – When you’re setting a goal, be sure to set a deadline too! It ensures a collective mindset on what it is you are trying to achieve.

Specific target – Record presentations to promote anywhere, anytime learning.

In practice and outcome – Within PowerPoint and Slides, you are now able to record your entire presentation, including any annotations/notes you made during the learning process. Having these saved in a virtual library (back to your online shared folder space) means that students can access the resources they need, if they were to miss a lesson. This virtual library will grow over time and give a transparency to parents about what is being taught in the lesson so it can be used at home before test/exam period for revision. Imagine, an entire years worth of learning, all stored online and at your and the students fingertips.

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Don’t forget the plan! – If you are considering moving to the cloud, it is always best to think first about the goals you want to achieve. A cloud solution needs careful consideration and planning before implementing. Our Cloud Solutions Consultants at LGfL are committed to providing as much help and support to schools who are looking to migrate their school to a cloud-based solution. Email training@lgfl.net for more information on getting started.

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Office 365: Establishing a Vision

As teachers, we all want a world where children grow up to flourish and live healthy, productive and fundamentally happy lives. Making change happen takes a growth mindset and leaders at every level – those who are committed and adept learners.

The Microsoft Education Transformation Framework helps leaders set a direction with four key building blocks to guide leadership and policy development:

  • Vision for change
  • Strategic Planning & Quality Assurance
  • Partnerships & Capacity Building
  • Inclusion & Accessibility

How can we work towards a Cloud-based solution?

Deep and sustainable transformation can only happen with the support of people at every level – Leaders, Teachers, Parents Local Authorities and most importantly, Students! Transformation is not about replacing what works, but to enhance it in a productive and logical process.

What’s transformative leadership and policy all about?

Vision for change

Consider the development of a clear, succinct vision to drive change. By creating a powerful rationale that’s shared by all stakeholders, you can spark the momentum required for long-term impact and adoption. Regular bite-size training and use of the Microsoft Educator Community drives engagement and support for all.

Strategic planning & quality assurance

Think about what it is that your school want to achieve through a cloud-based platform. Start with an effective plan to achieve tangible steps towards that long-term goal. Using Microsoft Teams is a great way to launch engagement with simple collaboration and communication. Giving teachers opportunities to practice and play with the products will provide insight into how they can be embedded purposefully and effectively.

Partnerships & local capacity

Connecting with other teachers, schools and local authorities provides a support network – providing rich insight to how Office 365 can be used effectively on multiple levels. These relationships can help build capacity, whether through digitising administration, tackling the teacher workload and upgrading staff skills.

Inclusion & Accessibility

Making technology more accessible is core to ensuring nobody is left behind. Office 365 is built for all users with its enhance learning tools and immersive reader applications. All of which are built in at no additional cost. Microsoft’s Accessibility site includes guides and examples of how technology can support diverse needs and enhanced outcomes. The immersive Reader and Learning Tools are free with research that reflects improved reading and writing for people of any age or ability.

Take the next step: (Click on the links)

  1. Get Trained on the Microsoft Educator Community
  2. Sign up to a free Office 365 Workshop
  3. Fill in this Form to start building your Education Transformation Framework

Office 365: Content to Creation

Teachers everywhere are working tirelessly to design lessons and activities that reflect 21st century learning skills that promote greater conceptual understanding and outcomes. Whilst understanding how to teach effectively with technology can be challenging, there are many simple to use tools out there, that help develop learning outcomes and enhance the teaching and learning process. Energising the Curriculum is vital, if students are to acquire new knowledge and retain it, so providing them with the right tools, imperative.

Historically, PowerPoint has proved a useful tool for students to produce presentations, showcasing their knowledge and understanding of a concept taught. However, we may well have witnessed their heavy focus around making fonts technicolour, motion paths whizz across the slide and transitions captivating for the audience. Of course, the creative aspect is important for capturing audience attention, it is the content that we want greater focus on.

Introducing Microsoft Sway, the digital storytelling app, designed to put together presentations quickly with built in presentational features, where content is the focus. Start a Sway presentation from scratch or type in a theme/keyword, focussing primarily on the content, allowing the app to make it captivating for it’s audience. It is just like having a corkboard, where you add your content onto and the application puts it together for you. Just like having a virtual assistant, allowing you to focus more on content and less on those presentation features. Not only is it simple to use, but great for collaboration too! Up to 10 students can work on a single Sway at any time, promoting teamwork and providing every student with a voice during the learning process.

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.21st century educators are behind the driving force of using Sway in the classroom to spark creativity in students. The days of writing lengthy essays are long over with this powerful content presentation application. Sway delivers attractive features and brings ideas to life in minutes. A teacher can use Sway interactively to add text, links, picture, video and audio to share content.

Engaging students with technology is core to narrowing the achievement gap in children’s education. Sway is incredible for building fast presentations to any kind of audience and sharing it as an online tool for educators to use as part of their lesson, CPD session or even school newsletters. Here are the top 5 tips to engage students to #SwayEveryday

Here’s a quick tutorial video to help get you started:

Top 3 Tips for using Sway in the Classroom:

  1. Inside and Out Collaboration: Empower the students to share responsibilities of creating their Sway and encourage them to work both in and out of the classroom. This is crucial for anytime, anywhere learning.
  2. Create stories: Digital literacy plays an important role in language development for students, especially Key Stage One. Students have a thirst for reading stories. Educators have the ability to create an interactive story book by embedding text pictures and audio. Sway benefits from text book navigation, giving the reader a fun experience of reading their favourite stories.
  3. New ways to News: Creating a school newsletter using Sway has never been easier and once you have decided on a template, you’ll only need to amend the content each week. Embed picture, videos and text and  transform communication in your school instantly. Parents can easily access the Sway through their devices at home, requiring only a link sent directly to them.

 

Unlocking Creativity with Paint 3D

Whether you’re an artist or just want to try out some doodles, Paint 3D makes it easy to unleash your creativity and bring your ideas to life!

With Windows 10, you have a new, free, built-in app called Paint 3D that allows you to create models beyond basic 2D design, giving an experience to, create, edit and share in a new dimension. Make 3D masterpieces and scenes, all with a stroke of your digital pen or touch.  You can also access an online 3D community, Remix 3D, to find, use and remix models from within the Paint 3D app itself! Even more, you can drop your creation into the real world with the mixed reality viewer, bring immersive experiences to students and their learning environment. Imagine creating a 3D model of a World War Two fighter plane and placing it in the classroom for students to explore. The impossible made possible!

Find your inspiration with Remix3D.com Community

Manipulate shape and colour in a whole new dimension with the easy and simplicity of the Paint we know and love! You can even change a 2D image into a 3D object. Start by creating objects, which you can rotate and see from every side, then add a splash of colour with the new and improved brushes, such as transparent watercolour or oil brushes so real that you can see the paint smudging.

Check out the introduction video to help get you started: 

Paint 3D allows you to easily pull from 3D art in Remix3D.com’s growing catalog for you to customize, edit, and share. Remix3D.com is your online home for 3D content and community. Connect with other creators, showcase your own creations and get inspired.

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Realistic Textures

Add fantastic new textures or materials such as sparkling gold, stained hardwood, or soft grass to your creations and benefit from the realistic look and feel of your design. Make any model come to life, across all curriculum areas for students to gain a deeper understanding of what they are learning.

Add realistic textures to any object to make them come to life

Unique MEME Creator

Personalize shapes with 3D stickers or even wrap your own photos around objects. Stickers automatically wrap around 3D objects and contour to fit making it simple to use without having to be an artist or graphic designer. Have fun applying pictures of friends to 3D figurines and emojis.

Add stickers that automatically contour to fit 3D objects

Bring your ideas to life with 3D Doodle

Doodle like never before. In the new Paint, your doodles will jump into 3D. You can even take your drawings for a spin and view them from every side. Manipulating the object is easy with the familiar experience of cropping, resizing and editing images within Word and PowerPoint. Let your imagination break free.

Use 3D Doodle to draw puffy clouds

Jump In

Paint can do a lot more than it used to. These are just five of our favourite features, but with a little digging you’ll discover tons more. Jump in and explore.

The Microsoft Educator community hosts courses, resources and quick tutuorial videos to help get you started along with a STEAM series, designed to inspire cross-curricular learning. CLICK HERE to access the portal

To get started, sign up on Remix3D.com and download Paint 3D

 

Office 365: Reimagining the Writing Process

Finding time for students to imagine, draft, write and revise; quality feedback opportunities; creating effective collaborative environments; providing high-level instruction regarding the technical components of writing – can prove increasingly challenging elements of a Teacher’s role. With data and evidence growing in demand, as teachers, we want a way to effectively tackle the workload and energise the curriculum in new ways.

Microsoft Teams is a digital application that brings conversations, content, and apps together in a seamless and collaborative way. Having all your ‘stuff’ in one safe and secure environment can help tackle the teacher workload and free up invaluable learning time and support for students. Whilst hosting a ‘classroom in the cloud’ may seem like an alien concept, migrating a core area like the writing process in a more manageable way, unlocks proficient ways of working on a document, with live feedback and simple submission being some of the many advantages.

The ability to distribute and share assignments with your students, whilst providing live feedback before they hand it in, naturally revise the skills required in that particular unit of work, maximising their written outcome. Students need time to reflect, be creative and showcase the skills they have been taught and technology comes second nature to them. The writing process and supporting it are an on-going processes that require student and teacher deliverables. By using an application like Microsoft Teams, it takes the familiarity of word processing, feedback and learning to an entirely new level.

As mentioned earlier with the writing process, assessment takes planning, time and consideration. Instead of a single submission date and the rush to finish on time, providing regular live feedback develops the thought process and direction of writing, leading to a greater outcome. By creating this model in a digital way, students are sent notifications with deadlines and check-ins so they are supported every step of the way! Also, you can provide all revision materials and success criteria with built in accessibility tools, so all students get the best chance of succeeding.

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Engaging with Technology

Students will see the assignment every time they visit the Teams site in its designated area. Additionally, within the application, you can create a OneNote Class notebook to share resources from units of work covered, turning it into an online library at their fingertips. The benefit of having your own electronic notebook with you is that its accessible anywhere, on any device, any time.

The Class Notebook allows you to share all content related to the course in one place. Anything you can print to a printer you can send to OneNote. Therefore, you can quickly post an existing Word document to OneNote detailing the writing assignment as well as the criteria you will use to assess the student’s final outcome. Add in criteria, word banks and other useful resources that will aide a student in the writing process. Additionally, you can send all or a part of your instructions in the content library to every student with the distribute content feature in the Class Notebook add-in. For more on OneNote Class Notebook, click here.

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Top 3 Tips for engaging students with the writing process: 

Dictation:

One tool that crosses over both genres is the Dictation feature found in Learning Tools for OneNote. With the dictation tool, students simply speak and OneNote does the typing. Dictation is not only a great way to combat the desperate stare at a blank, white page, but it is also a perfect accessibility feature for students with written expression disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, or other learning differences.

Ideation, Informative and Persuasive Writing:

Once a student has used the dictate function to summarize what they are learning about pollution, they can move their work to Word 2016 and use the Researcher function to gather more resources for the assignment.

 

Frictionless Collaboration:

If a writing project requires collaboration, Real Time Collaboration in Word is a wonderful tool for students. Finding time outside of class to work on a writing assignment can be challenging, but thanks to Word Online through Office 365 students will not have any problems finding time. One student can work on it right after school, and another can complete his part at 9 p.m. after football practice. Because the document is on Office 365, students can access the document anytime, anywhere with their phone, tablet, or computer – even offline.

 

Interested to find out more about the writing process? Click here and complete the CPD Course now to earn the badge and points on the Microsoft Educator Community!