ICT

How speech recognition is unlocking new opportunities for students with dyslexia

Dyslexia aids: Mark Geremia is the VP and GM for Dragon Professional and Consumer at Nuance – the software giant that's at the forefront of accessible technology.

Mark Geremia is the VP and GM for Dragon Professional and Consumer at Nuance – the software giant that's at the forefront of accessible technology. Here, he discusses the latest advances in speech recognition technology…

Writing and reading are two activities that many of us take for granted. They are among the first things we learn in the classroom and, as such, they play a large part of the subject matter taught throughout our entire schooling. 

Use of technology in schools does not on its own improve students’ digital literacy

Students using computer technology to improve digital skills

New research published today by the Nuffield Foundation finds that computer use in schools does not on its own boost digital literacy or exam results. While personal ownership of digital devices by pupils continues to grow and starts at an increasingly earlier age, there is relatively little use of digital technologies in schools beyond the study of computing itself as a subject.

Growing up digital examines how digital technologies are used in schools to enhance learning and identifies research questions to inform better practice and policy. The study warns that without curriculum reform and more opportunities for teachers to develop their own digital skills, students will be unprepared for the workplace.

Poio, the reading app revolutionising phonics learning

Daniel Senn, CEO and Founder of reading app Poio

Daniel Senn, CEO and Founder of reading app Poio, on providing a compelling, gamified alternative to traditional learning methods

As is the case for many founders, the idea for my company, Poio, came from personal experience. I was inspired to look into alternative learning methods following the birth of my son Leon, who was born with a hearing difficulty. I knew that as Leon grew, certain skills, like reading, would be more difficult for him to grasp in a traditional classroom environment; which led me to consider the fact that the way we learn and acquire basic academic skills hasn’t evolved in decades. 

Education app Quizlet can help pupils master any subject, says Matt Glotzbach

Education app Quizlet's CEO, Matt Glotzbach

Education for Everybody editor Victor Galligan asked former YouTube vice president Matt Glotzbach about his latest venture, education app Quizlet, which is used by 1million teachers worldwide…

When and why did you become involved with Quizlet? What was your inspiration?

Throughout my career, I have been focused on building engaging technologies that solve real-world problems. I had the fortune of working on the founding team of Google Apps, including Apps for Education, where it became clear how essential technology is to education. And as a Vice President at Youtube, I further witnessed the incredible impact technology has in giving people access to tools and information for learning.  

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

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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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