Posts Tagged ‘events’

Revealing a ‘Prince’ at BETT 2011
January 13, 2011

When the princess kissed the frog in the fabled story it turned into a handsome price.

And at BETT 2011 we’ve done just that (figuratively, of course).

Frog is by no means a ‘frog’ in the sense of the old fairy tale. It is one of the leading learning platform providers for schools in the UK and is used in 38 international schools, across six countries.

Frog’s recently launched Widget Store provides an online gateway for teachers and students to access learning materials and resources provided by third-party applications. Now teachers and students can search across an extensive collection of high quality images, videos, interactive activities, animations and documents provided by GGfL.

The video below from Adrian Bantin at Frog provides a quick look at how the integration works close up.



BETT 2011
December 17, 2010

BETT 2011 LogoGlobal Grid for Learning (GGfL) will be exhibiting at stand G30 at BETT, the world’s largest educational technology exhibition.

Come by for one of our regular 10 minute presentations, talk to someone from the GGfL team on the stand, or even arrange a meeting away from the hustle and bustle of the show in our private meeting room.

For more information about BETT, visit: www.bettshow.com

To request a meeting at the event contact us either via email or online.



Reflections on the 2010 E2BN Annual Conference
July 2, 2010

It was bright and sunny in Bedfordshire for the 2010 E2BN Annual Conference. It was both GGfL’s and my first time at the event, and on reflection it was a pretty positive experience for both of us.

From the amazing food (thanks goes to both E2BN and the Robinson Executive Centre), the entertaining mind reader/comedian (Graham Jolly – I highly recommend checking him out) to the great conversations we had on our stand, it was a really enjoyable experience.

A particular highlight was some interviews we did for a bunch of students from Harrold’s Priory Middle School. A number of the students converged on our stand at different times throughout the conference to ask about GGfL (and receive some freebies of course), whilst recording interviews for their projects.

Being camera shy, I let Ian, my colleague, field the questions. It was really encouraging and refreshing to see that their teachers had provided a project for them based not only on using multimedia (filming with their camcorders and uploading it to the web), but also on learning about the range of different technologies that are currently available to them.What’s more is they seemed to find it a fun experience – and all the best to them for it!

Some Thoughts on the Workshops

In addition to talking to delegates on the stand, I’m always interested in attending seminars, keynotes, and workshops whenever I can, and one of the talks that immediately caught my eye at E2BN was ‘Copyright, Copywrong’ by Simon Finch – the alternate title being “Why are we happy to teach our learners to steal?”

Simon Finch - Presenter and Consultant on e-learning, esafety and IPR

Simon Finch: Photographer Diane Earl

It was a great session, and I thought I’d share some of the insightful points with you. Simon, a presenter and consultant on elearning, esafety, and Intellectual Property Rights, explained to a small group of ICT coordinators, advisors, teachers, and myself how we have been brought up in a ‘culture of theft’. Strong words – but they really do encapsulate online behaviour these days – if we are to be honest with ourselves. From the advent of the photocopier, the tape recorder, and eventually the internet, it has become easier for us to access and share copyrighted material. However, in the words of Simon himself, ignorance of copyright laws, whether blissful or intended, is neither ‘morally or economically sustainable‘.

Another aspect of our online behaviour is that we’re entering an age where we’re increasingly becoming producers, editors and creators of content online. We are all publishers in some sense. So shouldn’t we be ever more mindful of copyright? I think so – but I also think it will be a slow and long process to get where we need to be. But the sooner we begin the sooner we get there, right?

And I wholeheartedly agree with Simon when he suggests we need to begin instilling in kids the practice of acknowledging sources, while at the same time teaching kids at a young age to ask for permission to share and build on ideas. A core principle Simon put forward was to be less reactive to copyright,  simply fearing getting caught and fined,  to becoming more proactive in respecting others, getting permissions and clearance, and ultimately giving credit where credit is due – to the original source.

So, what’s your view on it? Are we a nation of thieves? Should we know better? And ultimately how do we move to a model of increased respect for Intellectual Property Rights?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue.

Links

E2BN Website

Photograph of Simon Finch from E2BN Conference 2008