Exciting online activities to keep children entertained at home are now available at http://www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk/At-Home/ Worth sharing with parents!
In its white paper, Your child, your schools, our future, the DCSF proposes piloting the use of social networking sites such as Netmums and Dad Talk, giving parents the opportunity to meet at the 'virtual school gates' to share advice and information about parenting issues. What do you think of the idea?
Our congratulations to Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, Tenterden (joint runner up). Described by judges as a 'cracking school' with an 'excellent vision of where it wants to go with technology', Homewood has raised standards through innovation, with ICT playing a key role. Go to http://awards.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?resID=38715 to find out more.
If you have recently upgraded your ICT equipment and you are looking to dispose of old machines, Computers for Africa may be able to help. This company is being supported by Kent County Council.
Computers4Africa is a local charity which sends IT equipment donated from schools and businesses to schools in Africa. Donating old IT equipment helps young people in Africa with their education and career and is eco friendly. We are able to collect free of charge and run secure data wiping software on all donations. For more information please see our website at www.computers4africa.org.uk.
Be aware, you must dispose of equipment following the WEEE initiative. There has been a recent case where an online company removed some old equipment from a school only to then fly tip the lot.
The law now states that if you have any of your rubbish removed by trades people or waste removal services and it ends up being dumped illegally, you could be held responsible and fined.
In order to check the credibility of a company you are thinking of using, you can contact the Environment Agency on 0870 850 6506 or visiting the Environment Agency website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk