New Academic Year – New Challenges

On August 21, 2012, in Collaborate, Conferences, Courses, CPD, by Clive Roberts

Welcome back to school everyone – I would guess that by now most of us are returning to the classroom suitably refreshed and raring to go. I have been busy lately with other projects but will try to continue to keep Digital Learning World alive!

As ever, I will try and list many of the major upcoming conferences and workshops throughout the coming year. If you have any that you would like mentioned or you are hosting any yourself then please do let me know.

National Association of Advisors for Computers in EducationNAACE – Primary ICT Subject Leaders course

Starts on November 1st 2012.

An extended course over two terms delivered through a blended learning approach including online meetings, moderated online discussions, email contact with the course tutor, online self-study, reading and completion of directed tasks. For more information:

International Schools technology Education Committee

International Schools Technology Exchange Committee (based in Thailand) – Autumn term meeting.

At the British International School, Phuket on Friday October 5th 2012

More about this as soon as I hear! ISTEC Ning at

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Conferences and Networking Opportunities

On April 20, 2012, in Conferences, CPD, by Clive Roberts

A warm welcome back from your Easter/New Year holidays. It’s time once again to look ahead at upcoming opportunities for conferences, collaboration and professional networking.

Here are some upcoming conferences from now until the summer:

National Association of Advisors for Computers in EducationNAACE Primary ICT Subject Leaders
Naace Enhanced Award course for Primary ICT Leaders will begin on 8 May 2012.
An extended course over two terms delivered through a blended learning approach including online meetings, moderated online discussions,email contact with the course tutor, online self-study, reading and completion of directed tasks.

Council of British International Schools‘UNITY IN DIVERSITY’ 2012 COBIS Annual Conference
Saturday, 12th May – Monday 14th May, 2012
Park Plaza Victoria, London SW1V 1EQ

International Standards for Technology in Education
ISTE 2012
ISTE 2012 – San Diego Convention Center – June 24th – 27th

Cambridge International Education ConferenceCambridge International Education Conference
A Teaching conference for Teaching Professionals
Cambridge UK – July 16th – 17th


IADIS ELearning ConferenceIADIS ELearning Conference
Lisbon, Portugal – 17th – 20th July 2012


IPC Conference 2012International Primary Curriculum Summer School
International School of The Hague,
Den Haag, The Netherlands
23rd-25th July 2012



AACE World Conferences

Check out the AACE World Conference schedule at:

If you have any conferences, events or opportunities for professional networking that you would like to promote then please let me know :-)

NAACE ICT Mark and ITEM – Part two

On March 19, 2012, in Standards, by Clive Roberts

Self Review Framework for the ICT Mark/ITEM

Part two of my review of the NAACE ICT Mark and ITEM looks at the Self-review framework (SRF), which provides a structured method to review your school’s use of ICT and its impact on school improvement. The SRF is free to use and is linked to national standards for ICT and will help you to:

  1. Understand what “good” use of ICT looks like
  2. Benchmark your progress against other schools
  3. Identify your strengths
  4. Create an action plan for improvement

You can sign into the BECTA SRF site at:

The SRF is divided into six elements, which are designed to both support and challenge your school, and you can work through each element at your own pace (* provided courtesy of BECTA).

1. Leadership and management

  • Develop and communicate a shared vision for ICT
  • Plan a sustainable ICT strategy
  • Develop an effective information management strategy

2. Planning

  • Plan for the development of pupils’ ICT capability
  • Plan the use of ICT to support the curriculum and respond to new technologies
  • Ensure pupils’ ICT experiences are progressive, coherent, balanced and consistent
  • Identify and evaluate the impact of ICT on learning and teaching

3. Learning

  • Plan the use of ICT to enhance learning and teaching
  • Meet pupils’ expectations for the use of ICT
  • Consider the impact of ICT on learning

4. Assessment of ICT capability

  • Assess ICT capability of pupils’ to support their learning
  • Use assessment evidence and data in planning learning and teaching across the whole curriculum
  • Assess the learning in specific subjects when ICT has been used

5. Professional development

  • Identify and address the ICT training needs of your school and individual staff
  • Provide quality support and training activities for all staff in the use of ICT sharing effective practice
  • Review, monitor and evaluate professional development as an integral part of the development of your school

6. Resources

  • Ensure learning and teaching environments use ICT effectively and in line with strategic needs
  • Purchase, deploy and review appropriate ICT resources that reflect your school improvement strategy
  • Manage technical support effectively for the benefit of pupils and staff

Once your school has reached a certain level on the SRF you can then move forward and apply for the ICT Mark/ITEM.

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NAACE ICT Mark and ITEM – Part one

On March 5, 2012, in Standards, by Clive Roberts

The ICT Mark and ITEM

The ICT Mark is an accreditation for schools that have reached nationally agreed levels within the self-review framework. Schools accredited with the ICT Mark standard are demonstrating that they are committed to using technology to improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency.

The continued development of the ICT Mark by NAACE, supported by the Department for Education is supporting schools to raise standards by using the Self-review Framework. Celebrate putting technology at the heart of learning in your school by working towards the ICT Mark.

The International Technology in Education Mark (ITEM) is an Internationally recognised accreditation based on the ICT Mark and ISTE NETS. Accredited by NAACE, which is a UK based ISTE affiliate, ITEM provides the framework for International schools to self-review their technology provision throughout all areas of the school from administration and management to curriculum technology integration.

The Benefits of the ICT Mark/ITEM

The ICT Mark/ITEM can help your school to demonstrate the effective use of technology throughout a range of initiatives and as ICT reaches deeply into the core of all school activities the ICT Mark/ITEM can provide widespread benefits across many aspects of school life.

Applying for ICT Mark/ITEM assessment and achieving accreditation can offer your school a number of benefits*:

  • Provides an opportunity to celebrate success
  • Verifies your own self-review judgements
  • Recognises whole school improvement
  • Provides an opportunity to be seen as centre of excellence
  • Tells suppliers that you are an informed customer
  • Provides you with credibility for hosting visits and providing services
  • Provides an opportunity for learners to celebrate their use of ICT
  • Gives parents confidence that technology is being used effectively
  • Informs parents that you offer better communication to families and homes
  • Informs other schools and organisations that you are a potential partner for extending opportunities for learning through technology
  • Raises public recognition of good practice in the use of ICT
  • Strengthens your bids for involvement in new initiatives
  • Recognises your commitment to self-review and evaluation
  • Recognises your commitment and hard work
  • Includes promotional material and guidance on how to use the ICT Mark to promote your school.

* Benefits listed courtesy of NAACE

As you can see the working towards the ICT Mark/ITEM can benefit your school in many ways.

My next post will look at The Self Review Framework for the ICT Mark/ITEM.


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NAACE KS3 ICT Curriculum

On January 20, 2012, in Pedagogy, by Clive Roberts

NAACE have developed a draft for a new KS3 ICT Curriculum, which was written by Naace Board of Management members Allison Allen and Paul Heinrich.

They are now seeking feedback from NAACE members and there will be a dedicated session on Friday 9 March 2012 at the Naace Conference to consider further developments. Email


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