Welcome to ISTEC @ Bromsgrove Friday 10th February 2012 (10:00-15:00)

Thank you to every one for attending!


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Windsor Park Golf Club 55 Mu 9 Suwinthawong Road Minburi Bangkok

This is a 'free' opportunity for ICT Teachers/Technicians/IT Directors to get together to share ideas and keep up to date with the latest developments in the world of IT as it affects learning and teaching today.

Contacts and Registration

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Details of past and future meetings: www.ISTEC.info

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Registration is now closed! I am afraid we are unable to comfortably accomodate any more guests.
If you are still interested please contact me directly rgolding@bromsgrove.ac.th
Also, if you cannot now make the event.

Address and map

Bromsgrove International School - Main Campus

Bromsgrove International School - Main Campus
Windsor Park Golf Club 55 Mu 9 Suwinthawong Road Minburi Bangkok 10510Thailand

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Web Site: www.bromsgrove.ac.th E-mail : enquiry@bromsgrove.ac.th

Bromsgrove Main Campus

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Event Plan

Links to the afternoon sessions are in the navigation menu of the left.


09:00-10:00 am - Welcome drink and snacks + sign up & Social / transport sign up(Tudor Hall)

10:00 - Welcome by Head Teacher, Mr. Steve Challoner.

10:10 - Introductions and announcements, Robert Golding (Head of ICT)

10:15 - Tour of Bromsgrove School Windsor campus (together or in groups) Followed by group photo

10:40-11:30 - Microsoft for Education presentation Tudor House

11:30-12:45 - Whole group discussions (see agenda)

12:45-13:30 - Lunch Buffet (Tudor hall)

13:30-13:50- Apple IAuthor presentation (Tudor Hall)

13:50-14:30 - Group discussions:

  • Primary: Ideas Share led by Mr Peter Jamieson (Primary ICT & KS2 coordinator)
  • Secondary: Group discussion and ideas share
  • Technical staff: Volunteers for chair?

14:30-15:00 -

Whole group

Review of discssions. What next? Future action points. Future events? ISTEC Group communication and cooperation. Future ISTEC meetings.

15:00 Social event - Blue Monkey 2nd drink free!

Agenda for discussions:

[Please feel free to contribute - Click on the edit button above to put your own content on this area of page]
Anyone from Bromsgrove like to talk about ICT monitors? http://bistictblog.com/ict-monitors/ posted by Andrew Duckworth (yes Rob Golding)

Feedback from TECHEX 2011. What we saw? What we liked? What we learned? What next?

VLE's -What are schools using or considering using? Problems, issues, positives. How did they work during the flood break?

Sharing best practice in ICT? How is it done in school? How is it done amongst schools?

KS3 ICT Integration (Chaired by Patana staff) _ I think we will discuss in two parts 1. The whole group. 2. Secondary specific to KS3 curriculum

To what extent do the current ISTEC schools attending integrate their secondary ICT curriculum into the other subjects? Has any school totally dropped discrete ICT lessons? What model do they follow? What is the impact & limitations of doing this, for example are less students taking up IGCSE CS or ICT, IB CS/ITGS? How do you integrate programming and control into the curriculum if there are no discrete ICT subjects in KS3? Does anyone do this? Given Michael Gove’s recent BETT speech, how many schools are currently running programming and control in their KS3 curriculum?

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP (Secretary of State for Education) BETT conference speech quotes:

“Another generation's pioneer, Bill Gates, warned that the need for children to understand computer programming is much more acute now than when he was growing up. Yet as the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, recently lamented, we in England have allowed our education system to ignore our great heritage and we are paying the price for it.”

“Last year's superb Livingstone –Hope Review – for which I would like to thank both authors – said that the slump in UK's video games development sector is partly the result of a lack of suitably-qualified graduates. The review, commissioned by Ed Vaizey who has championed the Computer Science cause in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, found that the UK had been let down by an ICT curriculum that neglects the rigorous computer science and programming skills which high-tech industries need.”

If we were too learn and teach a programming language, what should we teach?
Use of micro-blogging tools i.e. edmodo
Sharing best practice in ICT?
How is it done in school? How is it done amongst schools?
ICDL: International Computer Driving license – Schools experience of using them
ICT maintenance tracking software- How do schools track ICT maintenance requests

Firewall technology & Web filtering

Laptop/slates programmes

School website: What makes a good school website

Other Planned Sessions:

Primary ICT - Ideas share- Mr Peter Jamieson
Mainly a sharing session whereby we look at useful websites and interesting ways of using technology in the classroom.
Here are some examples:
  • Class blogsites
  • Using 'Quizlet' for learning spellings
  • Collaborative writing - 'Primary Pad'
  • Movie making in literacy lessons
  • 'The Khan Academy' to help teach mathematical concepts

Industry Presentations TBC


Microsoft for education

Apple IPads for education,

Notes from Previous Industry Partners
Adobe’s new Student & Teacher Edition software in Thailand

Abobe have launched 3 different Creative Suites & Acrobat X Professional at very competitive local pricing. You can go to the following site to get more details on the local partners you could reach out to in Thailand to purchase a copy : http://www.adobe.com/sea/education/eligibility-guide.html?trackingid=JOWLP

They are are selling the software at more than 80% discount as compared to their Commercial copy

  • In relation to ibooks and iPads the following is worth looking at (Andrew Duckworth)
Why iPad Textbooks Are Still Too Expensive for Schools INFOGRAPHIC

Useful resources and websites:

http://bistictshare.posterous.com/ : The Place for BIST teachers to share best practice and tips in using technology for education.

http://www.patana.ac.th/TechEx/Istec/Default.asp : Previous ISTEC meetings


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