BBC Doctor Who HiFive Inventor
The future of employment and the skills required will combine hardware and software as students live in a world defined by technology with autonomous vehicles, automated manufacturing, smart cities, hardware powered healthcare, technology-infused education, and robots and drones becoming a fixture of everyday life. With the rapid increase in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and “smart products”, opportunities for bright young minds with coding skills are being created every day. Tynker, the #1 creative coding platform, BBC Learning – the education arm of BBC Studios, and SiFive a Silicon Valley semiconductor company came together to create a hardware and coding product that merges engaging and exciting character-led story-telling (BBC), with an easy to use platform for kids to get started in coding for hardware (Tynker), and a powerful hardware device to get kids coding. Students are led on the simplest user journey possible – Connect. Code. Invent. – led by lessons narrated by the real 13th Doctor Who Jodi Whitaker. The BBC Doctor Who HiFive Inventor teaches kids essential skills as they are having fun. Younger students begin their learning journey with visual block coding and advanced students with Micropython. Three leading partners to ensure we get kids coding!
Bramble is a UK technology company with proprietary voice, video and search infrastructure which has hosted nearly half a million hours of live teaching and learning this year. Our live online tutoring and teaching platform goes beyond traditional videoconferencing to offer a superior learning experience.
We believe that great online tutoring requires great teachers and great technology – we bring the latter through interactive live lessons, augmented by searchable lesson recordings and content analytics. Bramble offers unparalleled insights into the tutoring taking place, thereby enhancing measurement, performance and safeguarding for teachers, tutors, students, parents and organisations.
This year, Bramble received a special $50k grant from AWS in recognition of its best in class proprietary voice and video infrastructure. Our in-house approach means that we don’t share student voice and video streams with unaccountable third parties and can ensure performance, security and safety for our students and customers. It has also saved us over £2 million in voice infrastructure costs versus outsourcing this technology.
Every lesson on Bramble is recorded, transcribed and fully searchable, so every student taught via Bramble builds their own personalised revision library over time. This enables the student to truely capture the value from each session delivered.
Fiction Express – Boolino
Fiction Express is an award-winning literacy resource designed to improve all areas of literacy: reading; writing; spelling, punctuation & grammar; and speaking & listening. The resource improves poor reading habits by getting children excited about reading, through the power of a deeply engaging experience of co-creation between pupils and authors.
Fiction Express is offering teachers a unique and complete literacy solution:
– Covering all four aspects of literacy in line with the curriculum
– Easy to integrate in lesson planning
– Continuous assessment, monitoring learning outcomes and progress
– High level of pupil motivation and personalised, cross-curricular learning paths
– Great value for money, 80% (or more) cheaper than a similar amount of paper books (cost per pupil)
Our stories are published in weekly instalments. Each week, pupils read the chapter and, at the end, are rewarded with the option to vote to decide what happens next. The author then writes the following chapter in real time.
Pupils also interact with the author and other readers from around the world on the online book forum, to actively participate in the creative story-writing process. Outstanding and original pupil contributions are rewarded with certificates by our editorial team.
This year LEGO Education celebrated 40 years as the leader in STEAM education by announcing the general availability of its latest innovation, SPIKE Prime. Shortly after, the world was faced with a global pandemic and LEGO Education’s hands-on and engaging solutions proved more valuable than ever. LEGO Education quickly adapted to meet the new learning environment with an updated hygiene guide, new resources for hybrid and remote learning, and new lesson plans. In addition to new resources and lesson plans, LEGO Education joined forced with the LEGO Foundation, Intel, First Book, and CDW-G in the Creating Learning Connections Grant to support students in need during the ongoing pandemic. The LEGO Foundation donated $2 million worth of LEGO Education Solutions to support hands-on STEAM learning at 45 title-1 school districts across 17 states and 3 tribal/native American reservations. As the education sector faces a multitude of challenges ahead, LEGO Education continues to innovate to deliver playful learning experiences that bring subjects to life in the classroom and make learning fun and impactful.
Mathigon is building the “Textbook of the Future” for mathematics: an online environment that makes learning more interactive and personalised than ever before. It combines elements from textbooks, videos, physical manipulative and interactive software environments. Rather than just memorising facts and procedures, it allows students to explore and discover, be creative and curious, learn problem-solving and critical thinking.
Every course has a captivating narrative and is filled with puzzles, games, simulations, manipulatives, and real-life applications. The content can adapt seamlessly to different students, and a virtual tutor provides personalised hint and help. Our courses can be used by individual students or as a blended learning tool in classrooms, and our teacher and parent dashboards show students’ progress in real-time.
Mathigon is completely free to use, works on all devices, and has been translated into 19 different languages. We have over 350k monthly active users from all around the world.
Extreme circumstances can prompt wide-ranging changes and in this extraordinary year we have certainly seen how that can happen.
The relocation of education from school to home was swift, so we immediately talked to our schools to find out how we could assist them with tech tools to make things work. At the same time, we took the decision to thoroughly review all of our products; really questioning whether each tool within them met the current challenges. Where they did not, we took them apart (not an easy task when they have been used successfully for many years) and built them back better!
During the last six months, we’ve added new tools to our existing edtech solutions (e.g. adding assistance for home learning, remote IT support, a new Health and Social Distancing AUP template to help schools promote new guidance, and more) – plus, created a brand-new, cloud-based, blended and remote learning solution called classroom.cloud, which can be used whether everyone is together in the classroom or dispersed at home.
We will keep having the all-important conversations with schools and MATs and continue to innovate and adapt our products to help them meet the demands of the ever-changing educational future ahead.
Prior’s Court Foundation
Riding on a bus, going into a supermarket or travelling through an airport can all be activities that people affected by complex autism, and by extension their families and friends, can find hugely distressing. Extreme anxiety comes from the fear of the unknown – what happens in these places, how am I expected to behave, where am I meant to go.
So how can you reduce these unknowns around such everyday experiences which significantly impact the quality of life of people affected by complex autism?
At Prior’s Court, a residential special school for young people affected by complex autism, Virtual Reality is being used as a complimentary education and therapy device.
In the first year, this work has allowed one of our young people to go on a family holiday overseas for the first time in a decade.
Work is underway on overcoming phobias, particularly around medical settings. Meanwhile, with a 360 degree camera, we are able to film locations our young people may visit on work placements to again breakdown unknowns and ultimately close the ‘autism employment gap’.
Prior’s Court is only just scratching the surface of what VR can do for young people affected by severe autism.
SchoolCloud are trusted by over 4,000 schools worldwide to enhance their school operations with market-leading web-based software. Best known for their online booking system for parents’ evenings, SchoolCloud Parents Evening is the most widely used system in the UK.
In March 2020, SchoolCloud launched Virtual Parents’ Evenings – these are parents’ evenings that take place by video call instead of in-person. Parents simply book their appointment times as normal and access the system on the day to be connected with their child’s teachers by video call without any app to download. They’re connected with the next teacher after their allotted appointment time is up, meaning appointments run exactly to time.
Over 20 million minutes of video appointments have been held to date, and it seems Virtual Parents’ Evenings are here to stay. Schools have said their teachers and parents prefer this new format of parents’ evenings. Parents who in the past couldn’t attend due to work/travel commitments can now attend appointments from anywhere in the world, and appointments run exactly to time.