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Excalibur Thanks Customers For IT Equipment Donations to IT Schools Africa Charity

Excalibur Thanks Customers For IT Equipment Donations to IT Schools Africa Charity

Excalibur Communications and its customers have generously donated a wide selection of ‘pre-loved’ IT equipment to Cheltenham based charity IT Schools Africa.  ITSA has a mission to provide quality education to African students through access to e-learning and invites businesses and schools to donate working IT equipment to the charity.  It also runs a Community Programme here in the South West helping local charities and community organisations bridge the digital divide.

Excalibur customers including Ecosulis, 3GHR, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Retrac Composites have kindly donated a wide selection of working equipment to the charity.  To date; one server, 20 PCs, 13 laptops and 11 flat screens have been given. 

The power of focus: new app Tiimo offers structure for pupils with autism

Melissa Würtz Azari, co-founder and CPO at Tiimo

Melissa Würtz Azari, co-founder and CPO at Tiimo, the assistive technology app that provides visual guidance and structure to those affected by ADHD, ADD and autism, comments on using technology to help pupils focus…

Cognitive deficit disorders can make daily life a little messy for the person affected and for those around them – and when we find ourselves in a tangled and confusing situation, the thing we need most is focus. While technology has traditionally been seen as a source of distraction – especially for children and young adults – we decided to use this fundamental aspect of our daily lives as a source of help, a useful tool to re-centre and find focus. 

Meeting the needs of introverted students with e-learning

Cypher e-learning – a girl on a computer and blackboard notes

Livia Bran, Content Manager at Cypher Learning, discusses teaching introverted children and how to meet their needs through e-learning...

Introversion can be easily misunderstood, especially in social settings that favor the extrovert ideal. Schools are a great example of such a setting, with group papers, oral presentations and participation points being the norm. Those students who have a quiet nature and prefer individual work are often dismissed as not-that-great students.

Three careers that 3D printing can kickstart

3D Printer
Article from Cin-Yee Ho, Director of Sales & Marketing at XYZprinting

3D printing is a great way of inspiring students to develop their passions and gives them an insight into what careers they may like to go into once they have left full-time education. As 3D printing is so versatile, it can equip students with a range of skills that help success in several fields. Here are a few careers that 3D printing can kickstart.

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New AI software from Lexplore helps identify struggling readers in minutes

Lexplore can detect dyslexia - children reading in class on carpet

Showcased at Bett 2019 for the first time, Lexplore (stand B303) has brought 30 years of research into reading development to create a new tool that will help teachers accurately pinpoint children’s reading attainment. The artificial intelligence software in Lexplore highlights specific eye movement patterns in children which can suggest reading difficulties including dyslexia. This can help teachers identify children who may be struggling with reading in a matter of minutes.

Power Up+: A digital tool to empower young people with SEND to make decisions and promote wellbeing

by Chloe Edridge, research assistant at The Anna Freud Centre

Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) must have their voices heard, with their capabilities promoted not assumed. We have been informed by young people, their teachers, carers and clinicians that they want to be active in decisions that affect them, with a call for tools to be able to achieve this.  

Power Up+ is a digital tool to support wellbeing in young people with SEND. It aims to support them in taking an active role in the decisions about their life, facilitate a level of independence and enable their voices to be heard through helping expression of feelings and emotion.

Edtech opens up the possibility of an Eton education for all

Edtech - a phone with books illustration

Alongside print management software providers United Carlton, Education for Everybody explores how technology is improving education and where edtech is heading in the future…

Technology has had its fair share of nay-sayers, with worries that the new digital age would cause robots to take over the world. But what about all the positives of technology? 

Nearly every sector has seen a boost thanks to new technological advances, and that includes education. From ditching chalk for whiteboard pens, then from that to digital boards to bring all manner of visuals and interactives to presentations and lessons, the classroom has definitely had a technological makeover! 

Technology’s place in the classroom