Becta comes through!
Hi everyone - thanks for the support since I joined. I have mainly been trying to secure Becta's seal of approval for safe social learning networks in schools - particularly using communication technologies to build up fun partnerships with schools in other countries. Well over the wintry break, Becta came through. I have a 'supported by Becta' logo on my brand spanking new BETT brochure (and DCSF) and they contributed text saying that it supported progress towards Next Generation Learning. www.globalgateway.org/bett2010
Thanks for the help with it!
Also... any chance I could pop to your stand and give you a box to give out? It is one of the intiatives at BETT that is most likely to be genuinely fun for teachers and learners. AND it works great with anything open source (which you can extend to your partner school), with mobile technologies, and is very useful because teachers in all subjects are interested.
Let me know what you think of it!
Thanks Liz, I've put a link to your site on my LEA-wide VLE. Hopefully be visiting you on Friday.
Stephen Heppell is looking at it now - he has just gone on the board of Intuitive Media who manage excellent safe social learning networks for schools. Extending Horizons
Ooh excellent news, thanks.
Originally Posted by lizhitchcock
Here is what Intuitive Media do in a little visible nutshell... Weather Watch Phase 1 2008
We support/work with about six platforms/communities that offer this sort of rich online communicative experience and we're always open to hearing about new projects or things schools have developed on their own.
I'll pop up and see you on Wednesday Liz, good work with Becta.
I have to admit
I have to admit that today Becta phoned me and I thought they were going to say... what are your brochures doing in the Learning and World Technology Forum when Microsoft, Promethean, Smart etc have all paid £xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx to be there... (the sad truth being I took them in on my visitor's pass) but No, they were phoning to apologise that they'd taken from Friday evening to Monday morning to approve the wording on my email suggested to go to CLCs and local authorities... Finally perhaps we have come good. Or finally Becta has embraced ideology over idolatry. Perhaps teachers can even be allowed to exist using free and willingly shared technology rather than that which costeth a multi thousand of pound put-up-and-lose-morallys.
Good news Liz, reward indeed for all your hard work and perhaps a pointer to what could be achieved in future.