028 : Bonus SATs Special

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The week before SATs – Mark talks about how to make each child feel special and understand what they have achieved.

What are the 2 things you can do today to make a difference for a lifetime?



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027 : Improve communication, engagement and feedback with a branded app for your school.

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Piota builds high-quality apps that are completely free to download. Our school apps can help streamline communication, cut costs, save time and aid pupil learning. Piota apps are used in Early Years Settings, Primary and Secondary schools throughout the UK.

With 95% parents now owning a smartphone and regularly using apps, Piota believes that customisable school apps are the future of engagement.

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Piota’s goal is to help schools communicate better with parents, carers and students. We understand that tight funds and limited administration time make bridging the gap between schools and parents a challenge, so we design school apps that are simple and quick to use while still delivering meaningful gains for the school, parents and ultimately students.

With extensive experience in both education and app development, we have the sector insight and technological know-how to deliver a school app that will revolutionise the way your school engages. The Piota team are all parents and have been heavily involved in education through various roles including advisor to DfE, MAT director, governors and PTA organisers.


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Average page views per school per month

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026 : At 9 years old Arnav Sharma won the Tech4Good People’s Award 2016.

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• Finalist, BT Young Pioneers Award 2016

• Winner, Tech4Good People’s Award 2016

• Winner, Tech4Good Winner of Winners Award 2016

Aged just nine years old, Arnav Sharma studied the cause, diagnosis and effect of asthma and came up with a solution; the AsthmaPi kit. Using a Raspberry Pi hooked up to a range of sensors it helps anyone living with asthma and is particularly useful to anyone not sure about the diagnosis of asthma.

Using email and SMS text message alerts, patients receive prompts to take medication and reminders for review visits, and the accompanying booklet makes it easy to understand asthma.

Arnav started with two Raspberry Pis and added a Sense Hat, MQ-135 Gas Sensor, Sharp Optical Dust Sensor and an Arduino Uno – which he programmed using Python and C++.





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025 : AbilityNet – Tech4Good Awards with Mark Walker

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Now in its 6th year, the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards recognise organisations and individuals who use digital technology to improve the lives of others.

The awards were created by AbilityNet with the help of BT and a number of businesses, charities and non-profit partners and sponsors, because we want to know about companies that are utilising the empowering influence of digital technology – whether it’s at home, at work, in education. Access to the digital world can be life changing.




https://www.abilitynet.org.uk – Tel 0800 269545




Education on Fire – Apps for Good Interview



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024 : ICT with Mr.P – Pt 2

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Part 2 of my interview with Lee Parkinson – how we can use technology to raise standards in schools.

Lee Parkinson has been a Primary Teacher for 8 years where he has built a wealth of ideas for how technology can be embedded right across the curriculum. He has successfully deployed a class set of iPads across a whole primary school and worked alongside children from EYFS through to Year 6 looking at how iPads can enhance teaching and learning throughout the curriculum.

Mr Parkinson always puts learning first and looks for creative and innovative ways in which technology, such as the iPad, can be used effectively to impact on writing & reading as well as developing key numeracy skills. He has built a reputation as one of the leading advocates for camouflage teaching, tricking children into learning by using engaging methods to motivate reluctant writers and inspire boys to write.

After a recent Ofsted inspection, his use of iPads within a Literacy observation was deemed “Outstanding with a phenomenal use of technology and an Outstanding outcome to the lesson.

Alongside his expertise with iPads, Mr Parkinson also provides training for how using web based tools including blogging can impact on learning and motivate children to improve writing and reading. He also has a wealth of ideas to transform your classroom into the 21st Century from a real teacher with practical ideas that work.


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