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Hello <<First Name>>,
Welcome to the final newsletter of this academic year; we hope it has been a successful one for our LGfL school communities.The last few weeks prior to the Christmas holidays can pass in a blink of an eye; but please find some time to read through this newsletter. 

We really hope you agree with the sentiments of this quote below:
‘No other provider reinvests back into schools like LGfL does. The value add you get with an LGfL connection is amazing’ - comments made by a school as feedback following the SuperCloud Conference.

LGfL Awards Lauched for 2020

 

We have opened the Digital Excellence Awards 2020; these awards celebrate best practice and innovative approaches in using the wide range of learning resources and services provided by LGfL. This year we have included a cash prize of £1000 in addition to the physical award and an image you can display on your school website. You can enter by clicking the links next to each category.
 
 The closing date for entries is 28th February 2020.

The categories for the LGfL Digital Excellence Awards 2020 are as follows:
Category 1: Digital Excellence Award: Innovative Use of LGfL Content
Entry form for this category
Category 2: Digital Excellence Award: Inclusive Practice Using LGfL Resources
Entry form for this category
Category 3: DigiSafe Excellence Award: Keeping Children Safe Online - A Joined-up Safeguarding and Curriculum Approach
Entry form for this category
Category 4: Digital Excellence Award: Whole School Cloud Transformation
Entry form for this category
Category 5: Digital Excellence Award: Innovative Use of Adobe Creative Cloud
Entry form for this category

Pledge 2020 and Saving Schools Money

We are making good progress on building one of the world’s biggest and fastest schools network to enable the delivery of next generation teaching and learning. This pledge has seen the core LGfL network being upgraded to double the previous capacity! It has also resulted in nearly 1,000 schools hitting the “count me in” button for Pledge 2020.
Over 300 schools have now received a full Pledge 2020 upgrade (this is an increased bandwidth of more than 200% generally) and nearly 500 sites have received an upgrade to their existing connectivity, on average this is boosted bandwidth on the site by 50%.
LGfL schools can check how much they can save using an online web calculator at www.savings.lgfl.net . If you log in to the website, we can look up your subscription and give more detailed information. 
LGfL wants you to get the best from your package of services and we have a team ready to help you with any of your enquiries.

Customer Service Contact - enquiries@lgfl.net

Christopher Edge on ReadingZone Live

We have included yet another author interview on our ReadingZone Live resource. This portal is a great way to promote a love of reading and to show pupils where published authors get their ideas from and how they approach the writing process.
He is an award-winning author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, The Jamie Drake Equation, The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and lots of other books too. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an English teacher, editor and publisher – any job that let him keep a book close to hand. When not writing, he also works as a freelance publisher and education consultant and has written publications about encouraging children to read. 

Audio Network Update

Audio Network is an online music database featuring over 50,000 individual audio files and it has just been updated on LGfL. When you are in school, you can access the resource directly without a log in  via www.audio.lgfl.net.

All the music in the vast catalogue of tracks has been specially composed by Audio Network's partner composers, performed by top musicians and recorded to exacting industry standards for media production. The music catalogue spans music of many different styles, cultures and types, and instrumentation - just browsing through is an education in itself!
The database includes:

  • A very wide selection of music professionally recorded music
  • Ability to access the resource via the LGfL USO login when "off-grid" from home or another location not in school 
  • Improved interface and facilities e.g. playlists - all linked to your USO account profile
  • Searchable by genre, style, instrument, artist, tempo and mood
  • An online search to find and audition music; individual music  tracks can then be downloaded to your computer or curated into a playlist, pre-cleared and ready for use in your classroom.
  • Mobile compliant interface viewable from any internet connected device
  • Simple audio matching tool where a URL of an existing audio  track can be suggested in the search feature and an equivalent  track within the Audio network database is suggested

If you would like access Audio Network when not on the school network, for  example at home, then please complete the Headteacher Declaration Data release. It is required for the USO log in system to work with  Audio Network. Click here for simple summary guide on how to  configure  access via the LGfL USO log in.

Flash Player

In July 2017, Adobe announced that it would end support for Flash Player* at the end of 2020 (* software used on the Adobe Flash platform that includes viewing multimedia content and executing rich internet applications, such as educational games and also streaming audio and video). They have continued to encourage the use of open HTML5 standards in place of Flash. Please note: From the end of the Spring Term 2020, it will not be possible to access any Flash-based browser resources. If you have any further questions about our legacy resources, please contact contentsupport@lgfl.net.

Busy Things

We need just three more USO data releases to hit the next 50 that have released data since the last prize draw. 
Have you got USO access for Busy Things?  If not contact sue@busythings.co.uk. As soon as we get three more - everyone who has released data will be entered into a prize draw for some Busy Things goodies!

Adobe Creative Cloud

We hope your school is enjoying the free Adobe Spark for Education and Adobe Creative Cloud licenses available to all LGfL schools! With Christmas approaching, you can easily design your electronic (and environmentally friendly) Christmas greetings using the Spark – start your design from scratch or choose from beautiful Christmas card templates available here: https://spark.adobe.com/templates/cards/christmas/
Over 800 schools have claimed their licenses this year, but if have not already done so, you still can at: https://www.lgfl.net/services/adobe-creative-cloud or click below for the form:

Adobe Creative Cloud Licenses

For inspiration and training, please visit the LGfL page on Adobe Education Exchange at http://edex.adobe.com/lgfl and also www.training.lgfl.net. In addition, there are two more Adobe training opportunities:
Adobe Creative Academy, training sessionsThe sessions are a great opportunity for LGfL educators/schools to get hands on with Adobe products and meet the education team. Customers can sign up via the Adobe Bett 2020 landing page https://www.adobe.com/uk/events/bett-show-2020.html 

Adobe x LGfL Customer Mixer: The joint customer mixer offering LGfL Customers a chance to celebrate and meet with the teams. – Customers can sign up via the registration page - https://adobe.ticketleap.com/adobe--lgfl-customer-mixer/details

DigiSafe Facebook Live Event

A reminder to highlight to parents our evening Parent Online Safety Facebook Live  event (16th December, 7.30pm). The parents will be given advice on how to keep their children safe online in the holidays; from parental settings to top tips for a positive approach and things to watch out for and more! Plus a special guest from Roblox will be joining the event (at least half your pupils play it) to give us advice on staying safe on that platform. You can use this letter template to advertise the event and give further advice.

CAS Conference Event

We are proud to be part of the CAS (Computing At School) London 2020 Conference. This will be a packed day of computing CPD for EYFS to A level educators; with Ofsted's John Nixon - Keynote and sessions from our own @BradleyDardis as well as @Baggiepr; @DrChips_ and many more.
Who is the conference for? This event is for educators who teach computing in any setting! Whether you are new to teaching computing in Early Years or have been teaching A level for many years there is something here for you. This is a community event, where we welcome everyone to get involved. Hashtag #CASLdnConf20.
Also, the Teachmeet afterwards (starting at 4pm) is sponsored by LGfL.
Eventbrite Tickets for CAS Conference

Training from LGfL

Our training portal is packed full of trainng opportunities for the spring term. There are a range of both full day and half day courses with a wide range of topics including:

  • Computing
  • Adobe
  • Mental Health
  • Designated Safeguarding Training
  • Core Subjects
  • Using LGfL Across the Curriculum
  • SEND
We have added Primary Curriculum Design: Maximising the Use of LGfL Resources on the 29th January as we are aware many schools are redesigning and refreshing their school curriculum currently.  
Training is FREE for all LGfL teachers and is generally held in our Liverpool Street Offices or Camden CLC, (or occasionally at one of our partner venues). You can find out more about the courses on offer and how to sign up here
In addition, you can book one of the Learning Resource Consultants (LRCs) to come in to your school and deliver INSET sessions, and/or map your curriculum to LGfL resources; a perfect way to prepare for the term ahead and ensure you are making the most of the LGfL resources available to you.
Contact us via training@lgfl.net.

Tech Squad Technical Training Event

The Tech Squad technical training events are held for the benefit of school based ICT technicians to allow them to maximise the use of LGfL systems and services for the benefit of our schools. All content will be delivered by subject matter experts in their field and the session is a full day at our offices in Liverpool Street. The session will cover the following:

* Webscreen 3 – hands on session – functionality overview

* Security and safeguarding products – including Sophos Phish overview 

* Adobe – Creative Cloud and Spark overview of features, deployment and ongoing systems management

* Curriculum products – what they are and how to access them for your school

* Google - G-Suite Admin Console set up and introduction

* Cisco Meraki MDM overview

Sign up via the training portal here.

Curriculum Blog

Our curriculum blog is updated weekly (and sometimes more frequently than that). It now has over 184 posts showcasing resources from LGfL to help support you in delivering the curriculum. Please let us know what future blog posts you would like to read. If you would like to write a guest blog post about the use of LGfL resources in your school and the impact it is having, we would welcome such contributions!. 
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Dates for the Diary

22nd-25th January - BETT Show

19th February - Tech Squad Training Event 

28th February - Closing date for LGfL Awards Submissions

W/B 22nd June 2020 -  London Maths Week

Save the date(s) for 2020 LGfL Conferences:

Friday 6th March - SafeConf

Friday 27th March - Let’s Get Technical

Thursday 23rd April - Let’s Get Digital (Curriculum)

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Regards,
Your Learning Resource Consultants
Bradley Dardis and Laura Smith
 
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