Tuesday, 31 August 2010


Steljes will be providing 2 FREE SMART product training sessions for Worcestershire schools already using SMART boards and software.  The sessions are on November 10th (Finstall Centre) and November 15th (Pitmaston House) from 1 to 4pm.  They are designed to support schools to get the most out of their  SMART products and to introduce additional resources which may be of interest. 

Book by e-mailing hos@worcestershire.gov.uk to reserve a place.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Important information about Promethean Software Support

Promeathean board users are strongly recommended to update their software to the latest version as previous versions will soon not be supported. At the moment the update is free to Promethean users. The following is a statement from Promethean:

Promethean constantly strives to provide its customers with the best possible products to support the challenges they encounter in today’s educational arena. A key component of this process is the withdrawal of older products that no longer meet customer requirements. Promethean would therefore like to inform you that from the end of September 2010 they will therefore no longer be providing support for versions 1 and 2 of ActivStudio and ActivPrimary software. In the longer term support for version 3 of ActivStudio and ActivPrimary software will be withdrawn in September 2011. Promethean however would like to announce that customers can upgrade to its award-winning ActivInspire software free of charge before the end of September 2010.

ActivInspire provides users with a range of benefits not currently available within ActivStudio and ActivPrimary: ActivInspire is the ‘power behind the ActivClassroom and unlocks Prometheans entire range of hardware products, enabling greater pupil interaction. Available in 27 languages, due to increase to 30 and include Polish, Slovakian and Latvian from August 2010. Enables all existing premium and free educational content to be utilised. Offers the opportunity for users to utilise the vast array of Publisher Created Resource e.g. flipcharts. Within ActivInspire the number of Publisher Created Resources is significantly greater than those available with ActivStudio or ActivPrimary.
To learn more about ActivInspire and to download it visit http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en/support/software/activinspire/

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Self-review Framework and ICT Mark

The Self-review Framework (SRF) and ICT Mark are continuing for the present and Becta is exploring ways these can carry on after March 2011.
Due to reduced Government funding and the planned closure of Becta the Next Generation Learning Charter has now been discontinued. All information about the Charter is being removed from the Becta website. It is recommended that schools continue to use the SRF and work towards the ICT Mark accreditation.

Becta will not contact schools on an individual basis. There will be no further distribution of Next Generation Learning Charter certificates. However, schools who have engaged with the earlier stages of the Charter are still entitled to display their certificate(s) and Charter logo(s).