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Fortnightly Briefing 14 November 2016

Capturing Creativity Conference - Friday 10 February 2017

Purpose: Conference available to book online now
Audience: All Primary School Practitioners

Children don't just consume; with the right opportunities they are also creators.
Capturing Creativity Conference
Friday 10 February 2017
9.30am - 4.00pm
The DeafBlind UK Conference Centre,
Peterborough, PE7 8FD
The Capturing Creativity Conference, organised by the ELearning Team at The ICT Service, will explore the 'palette of possibilities' technology offers to primary school practitioners.
Join us for an exciting and inspiring day of workshops and activities.
Workshops include: 
  • Presenting Performance Poetry
  • Exploring Digital Art
  • Introduction to 3D Design & Printing
  • 5,4,3,2,1 Film Making
  • Removing Barriers, freeing the mind for SEND pupils
  • Digital Literacy with Purple Mash
  • Writing with iPads
We also have an Interactive Zone, providing activities for you to explore including: 
  • Green Screen Experience
  • Makey Makey Gaming
  • 3D Printing
  • Oracy in EYFS & KS1
  • Scantastic
  • iPad Investigations
  • Digital Music Making
Just £125 including Lunch!
You can also bring a colleague for just £100.
Book your places online
Please note: This event will essentially repeat the Capturing Creativity Conference content, run in March 2016 in Cambridgeshire, but with some changes. If you attended earlier this year and found it useful, why not send a colleague along this time?

Story Circles - Collaborative Project, Spring Term 2017

Purpose: Collaboration project - sign up now for Spring Term 2017
Audience: Foundation and KS1 class teachers

Registration is now open for the Spring Term 2017 Story Circles Project. 
Join with other classes, beyond your own school, to compose a story in four parts by passing it around a circle.
Focussing on the genre of 'Fairy Stories and Traditional Tales', this project helps to develop children’s understanding of story elements – beginning, middle, end, character development and sequencing of events.


Purple Mash Festive Competition and New Tool

Purpose: For information
Audience: All Purple Mash Users

Purple Mash are asking pupils from subscribing schools to design the official Purple Mash festive card.  Children are invited to submit a festive image which they have created using 2Paint a Picture.
There are two age categories: under 8s and under 12s. 
Each child to submit one entry only.
Prize: 50 professionally printed copies of their winning card plus a t-shirt with their design on.
Full details, for pupils and teachers, can be found on your Purple Mash home page.  Whilst there why not check out the finalists for the 3D Printing Competition!
Interested in exploring 3D more? The ICT Service ELearning Team offer classroom experiences!
We can come to your school with a 3D printer and lots of ideas, or you can book online to attend the course: 3D Design and Print for KS2 coming up in the Spring Term 2017
You can contact us to discuss further by calling The ICT Service Helpline on 0300 300 0000 or you can email
2Blog - A new tool within Purple Mash.  Set up and have full control over visibility, posts and comments via your Teacher area – Login, select the 'Teacher’s Mug’ and watch the video to find out more.

Making the Best of Price Increases for Microsoft Products

Purpose: For Information
Audience: All schools using Microsoft Products

Microsoft periodically assess their pricing of products and services. From Sunday 1 January 2017 it is anticipated that customers will see prices increase in the range of 13% to 22% depending upon the platform i.e. on premise or cloud.
These changes will not affect existing orders but will apply for new adhoc and contract purchases.
What can you do?
Talk to us. The ICT Service would welcome the opportunity to discuss your Microsoft licensing requirements and advise you on the most cost-effective model for your school. We already have a number of customers using OVS-ES agreements or planning a move to Office 365.
Unfortunately, this is a price increase from Microsoft and therefore, if you do nothing, all resellers will implement the same increase.
Please call The ICT Service Helpline on 0300 300 0000 or email if you have any questions or would like to discuss your licensing arrangement.

eSchools Advent Calendar 2016

Purpose: For information
Audience: All Starz+ subscribing schools

eSchools are once again planning for an advent calendar in the run up to Christmas, online from Thursday 1 December, with a new door opening every day until Sunday 25 December 2016.  
You are invited to send in your pupils' contributions! 
Read further information and get more detail about the submission process

Christmas Closure Dates 2016

Purpose: Advance notification of Christmas close down period
Audience: All Schools

Advance notification of dates when The ICT Service will be closed during the Christmas Holidays.
Our Helpline staff will be taking calls up until close of business on Friday 23 December 2016 on 0300 300 0000, after which time The ICT Service will close for the Christmas period.
Thereafter you will be able to leave a voicemail or email and we will respond when we return on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
  • Boxing Day – Bank Holiday CLOSED
  • Tuesday 27 December 2016  – Bank Holiday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 28 December 2016 – CLOSED
  • Thursday 29 December 2016 – CLOSED
  • Friday 30 December 2016 – CLOSED
  • Monday 2 January 2017 – Bank Holiday CLOSED
During the closedown period our essential systems will continue to be monitored and any critical failures will be investigated and rectified.

Central Hosting Downtime - Saturday 10 December 2016

Purpose: Reminder of scheduled downtime information Saturday 10 December 2016
Audience: School staff using Centrally Hosted Systems

On Saturday 10 December 2016 The ICT Service will be carrying out scheduled maintenance on Centrally Hosted Systems.
The following systems will therefore be unavailable between 7.00am and approximately 11.00pm on Saturday 10 December 2016:
  • Centrally Hosted Email (Email sent to accounts during this time will still be delivered)
  • Remote Access
  • School based systems via Remote Access
  • Video Conferencing
The full calendar of scheduled downtime dates can always be found on our website

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