BBC Micro Bit vs Raspberry Pi: do we really need both?

BBC Micro Bit vs Raspberry Pi: do we really need both?Many readers will belong to a generation that was introduced to the brave new world of computers and programming thanks to the BBC Micro, which could be found in schools across the UK in the 1980’s. This autumn they’re hoping to do it again with the Micro Bit, a pocket-sized ... Read More

Five tips to help you deal with the technophobes in your school

Five tips to help you deal with the technophobes in your school As an IT professional working in a school or college, there will be members of staff who are very familiar to you for the wrong reasons. The technophobes. When introducing new technologies, getting buy-in from this group is one of your biggest challenges. Maybe you wish that staff ... Read More

Magellan: the ideal classroom flipping tool

MAGELLAN: THE IDEAL CLASSROOM FLIPPING TOOLTrends pioneered in the USA educational sphere have a habit of eventually making their way over to the UK and getting slowly adopted into the mainstream. Many enlightened UK teaching professionals have embraced existing technologies and have created their own flipped classroom ideas. They are making use of a rich set of cloud-based apps and ... Read More

Why the raspberry?

Why the raspberry? A new version of the Raspberry Pi was released this week, hailed as even smaller and cheaper than its predecessor, and many schools will be looking to this to teach computing skills from Year 4 and upwards. Advice for schools considering investing is offered from CSE’s Technical Consultant Tony Saxby: “Obviously it’s a brilliant thing to get children comfortable ... Read More

Microsoft announces free availability of Visual Studio Community.

Microsoft announces availability of Visual Studio Community.Something for budding programmers and dedicated teachers –  the Visual Studio Community.  Tony Saxby from CSE explains why is it is a great free resource for schools and students. Visual Studio is an IDE (Integrated Development Environment). This is a system that helps software developers, with a single system that allows code editing, system ... Read More

Sub £100 Windows 8 Tablets – are happening sooner than you think!

Sub £100 Windows 8 Tablets – are happening sooner than you think! Tablet computers inspire students and are accepted as providing innovative technology within the classroom and across all ages. But, and there is always a ‘but’…. ….they can represent a complete pain in terms of management inside an educational environment. Tony Saxby from CSE explains: Love it, or hate ... Read More

Windows 10 Preview from CSE

Windows 10 Preview MS 10 Preview was released on Oct 1st. We asked Tony Saxby, CSE’s Technical Consultant, for his views. I’ve downloaded Windows 10 and have it running as a VM on my PC. Behind the scenes Windows 10 is a big change although it doesn’t really snap out at you saying ‘wow this is innovative’ . Microsoft have ... Read More

Smarter phone! Teaching maths from an iPhone.

Smarter phone! Teaching maths from an iPhone “I use a small collection of apps on my iPhone to control various elements of my lessons when I’m teaching maths, always with the purpose of improving the levels of engagement of my pupils.” North Shore Academy in Stockton on Tees uses Magellan for its staff, students and partner organisations, and you can ... Read More