Workshop on helping schools gain access to online resources

November 24th, 2010

JISC Collections for Schools: helping schools gain affordable access to high quality and trusted online resources… Wednesday 8 December 2010, 10:00 – 15:30 A JCS workshop hosted by Ecclesfield School, Sheffield in association with Sheffield Schools Library Service Attendance is free – but places are limited! At a time of significant budgetary challenges, how can [...]

Excellence in Infrastructure – Green IT event {Guest Blogpost}

November 1st, 2010

[This article was kindly guest written for us by Sian Cummins (of the JISC's Yorkshire and Humber Regional Support Centre) to share what happened at their recent 'Excellence in Infrastructure – towards Green IT' online event.] Online events reduce the need to travel and can be an opportunity to feature speakers who wouldn’t otherwise be [...]

Time to Review Computing in Schools…

October 17th, 2010

It appears that, whilst young people are enthusiastic, comfortable users of mobile phones, games consoles and the internet, they don’t want to study IT in school. According to e-Skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT & Telecoms, A-level computing uptake has declined by 50% since 2003 and applications to study computing at university are [...]

Making IT Personal – More and more DOTs

October 15th, 2010

The influx of new volunteer DOTs (Digital Outreach Trainers) continues apace. There is still huge potential for this scheme to provide a flexible framework for NEETs to get involved in voluntary work and thereby build work skills that could make them more employable. Voluntary organisations are certainly very interested, particularly those dealing with younger people, [...]

News from the Sheffield Girl Geeks

September 29th, 2010

The Geek Girls Allowed group in Sheffield recently ran a small survey to help re-focus the group and give them some confidence that they were heading in a direction that suited those who are interested in being involved. The survey results are now in and you can read all about them on the Geek Girls [...]