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Fortnightly Briefing 9 December 2016

From all at The ICT Service, we wish you a wonderful festive break! Christmas Closure Dates 2016

Purpose: Notification of Christmas closedown period
Audience: All Schools

As this term draws to a close, all of us here at The ICT Service hope that you are looking forward to a cheerful and restful break over the Christmas Holidays. 
 
We are looking forward to 2017!  We have a packed term of training opportunities and will be continuing to deliver our high standard of support and service that your school needs. 
 
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 support@theictservice.org.uk 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.
 
 
 

Download details of Training and CPD Opportunities for all staff this Spring Term 2017

Purpose: Download, print and pin up in your staff rooms
Audience: All Schools

Covers
Download Course Planners for your:
 
Teaching & Classroom Staff

Print and Pin Up on your Noticeboards!
Cover and spread
 
 
 

New Platinum Unit for ACE (Accredited Competence in E-Safety)

Purpose: Information for schools using the ACE scheme of work
Audience: Primary schools and Starz+ subscribing schools.

All Starz+ subscribing schools and those who have purchased the ACE scheme of work should now have received an electronic copy of the Platinum Unit for ACE. 
 
Please contact The ICT Service if you have not received your copy.
 
The units of work currently released cover:
 
  • Online learning
  • Photo and Video Sharing
  • Rights and Responsibilities
The ACE scheme of work is also available to schools that don't subscribe to Starz+, please contact us for further details.  Call 0300 300 0000 or email support@theictservice.org.uk
 
 
 

Story Circles - Collaborative Project, Spring Term 2017

Purpose: Reminder - 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 Advent Calendar 'Treats'

Purpose: For Information
Audience: Primary Schools subscribing to Purple Mash

Purple Mash added an Advent Calendar to all Home Pages at the start of the month.  Each day a new treat appears on the calendar, something to exercise the creative talents of the children and help develop digital literacy in the process.
 
Book your training session for the 
Thursday 19 January 2017, 1.30 - 4.00pm
 
 

Capturing Creativity Conference - Friday 10 February 2017

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

Capturing Creativity Conference
 
Children don't just consume; with the right opportunities they are also creators.
 
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?
 
 


Get a Quote and Order Online

Purpose: Reminder about how to get a quote or order ICT equipment online from The ICT Service
Audience: All schools

The sales area of our website www.theictservice.org.uk/sales is designed to provide you with all the product information, current pricing and comparison functionality you need to make an informed ICT equipment procurement choice for your school.   


Build your quote
 
Add equipment, choose your installation requirements and associated products through the 'Add to Basket' function, then print your quote immediately - no need to wait for us to get back to you with prices or availability.
 
Order Online
 
Set up your account details on the website and we will invoice your school as usual.
 
 

Central Hosting Downtime - Saturday 10 December 2016 & Saturday 14 January 2017

Purpose: Reminder of scheduled downtime information
Audience: School staff using Centrally Hosted Systems

On Saturday 10 December 2016 and 14 January 2017 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 and 14 January 2017:
  
  • Centrally Hosted Email (Email sent to accounts during this time will still be delivered)
  • Remote Access
  • School based systems via Remote Access
  • cambsed.net
  • Video Conferencing
The full calendar of scheduled downtime dates can always be found on our website

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