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LGfL Newsletter March 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,

The second part of the spring term is proving to be an uncertain one for schools and life in general; the latest guidance regarding Covid 19 has been published by the Government. Please refer here.
LGfL is already making arrangements to support schools, including bandwidth upgrades and setting up remote access services. Further details will follow this week.
Please read on for updates regarding LGfL in general and we hope that the second half of the spring term is a successful one!
Read on for:
Upcoming Conferences 2020
 
We are pleased to see so many schools (old and new to LGfL) booking their *free* place at one if not all of our conferences. 

On Friday we hosted a very successful Safeguarding Conference; over 200 schools were in attendance. We received lots of  positive feedback and comments including:-
 
“I loved it all. I laughed. I cried. I was fed the most amazing food. I felt like I gained a better understanding of safeguarding. I didn't even question staying until 4pm on a Friday! The whole day was incredible. Thank you!”

“Best conference I have attended in a long while."

“LGfL events are getting better and better and the level of online support for schools is amazing. Thank you”


Let's Get Technical - Friday 27th March 2020

Our flagship technical conference, free to Digital Transformation Partners and LGfL school staff.

Who should attend?

The target Seminar will be focussed on the following audiences:
  • School Leadership - Leaders with a focus on strategy, product evaluation, compliance and value for money.
  • School IT Technicians - Either in-house, local authority or support partner techs who provide services to LGfL Schools
  • School Computing Leads - School staff with computing responsibilities who are less technical, focusing on school and classroom impact.
Any delegate may attend any seminar, but the definitions should help with selection to get the best value out of the day.

Free CPD!
Attendees will be able to achieve the “Microsoft Innovative Educator” (MIE) Certification on the day by particpating in two of the three Microsoft seminars we are holding. In addition, free Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2 exam codes will be available for those in attendance.
 

Let's Get Digital - Thursday 23rd April 2020


Immerse yourself in engaging keynotes, school led workshops and networking opportunities that will spark new ideas that embed technology and engage students across the curriculum.

 

Responding to your feedback, we are delighted to be hosting more workshops than ever to ensure you leave feeling empowered to inspire all learners in your school!

The target audience is:

  • School Leadership - Leaders with a focus on curriculum and harnessing technology.
  • School Staff - Teachers and TAs/LSAs wanting to enhance their teaching and learning with LGfL resources.
Visit conferences.lgfl.net to get booked on to these conferences, if you haven't already. 
Busy Things

We need another 32 more USO data releases to hit the next 50 (to have released data since the last prize draw).

Have you got USO access for Busy Things? If not, please contact 
sue@busythings.co.uk.

As soon as we reach the target - everyone who has released data will be entered into a prize draw for some Busy Things goodies! The February winners were Fitzjohn's Primary School and Upton Cross Primary School.
Busy Things Updates:

Flags Around the World

Learn the flags of Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, the UK and more! Children simply have to drag the flags and labels into their correct locations. When they are ready, they use the 'Mark' button to see if they are right. They can try and beat previous scores and also print out their finished work. (PDF versions of each activity are also available).

Use these fun, new resources alongside Busy Things map resources to help develop the pupils' knoweldge of where countries are located around the world. Simply search for 'maps' or 'flags' in our teacher/parent search tool.

Magical Art Projects to Build Creative Confidence!

Children can explore and learn about famous artists and genres by having a go themselves. Busy Things special paint tools will help them to magically recreate the brush strokes and techniques used by modern masters such as Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol and more!
There are even video guides for each each activity to help show how best to create a picture. Visit the Busy Things channel on LGfL TV.

Just2Easy Updates

New from Just2Easy, is j2pdf, a program that enables teachers or pupils to annotate existing pdf files on any device simply and easily. Integrates seamlessly into the existing Just2easy Toolsuite for easy sharing and blogging. See this video for details.
To begin to use or make even greater use of this award winning toolsuite in your school, why not send some colleagues to the full day training? See in the training section below.
Just2easy are also launching the new j2stars pupil rewards system this week. They will be holding a Webinar at 4:00pm this Thursday; LGfL schools can find out further information here
ARC GiS

Schools participating in the ARC GIS Pilot Project met for the first time last month. Each individual will be trialling its use in their school context and feeding back to the group about their findings. We are excited to share their experiences with you later in the academic year.  In the meantime, one of the participants has volunteered to write a guest blog about its use in his secondary school, so watch out for when that gets published in the Curriculum Blog.

In addition, The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Queen Mary University of London are running a GIS course with Esri. If you would like to attend please sign up here.
First #Adobe Creative Jam for LGfL Schools

On Thursday 27th of February 2020, Adobe opened up the doors of its London Customer Experience Centre to host a Creative Jam for LGfL schools and The Ocean Agency, as part of the interactive #AdobeCreativeJam program. The Creative Jam focussed on Storytelling & Video powered by the use of Adobe Premiere Rush, inspired by the #GlowingGlowingGone campaign.
 
The day started off with participants being inspired by our fantastic guest speakers. This was followed by an in-depth session on Adobe Premiere Rush, which lead participants through the steps required to create a short social impact video to save the world’s coral reefs. Curious to see how the day looked like? Here is a Spark page that summarises it all. 

 
The participants left the Adobe Offices energised, inspired and ready take their learning to the classroom. One of the participants fedback, ''I literally am going back to my IT team to get these licences sorted so I can use it!''.

If you have not claimed your free Adobe Creative Cloud licenses from LGfL yet, you can do it here.
 To get started with Creative Cloud check out the free on-demand training and resources at: http://edex.adobe.com/lgfl.
Flash Player and Legacy Resources
A reminder once more that since Adobe's support for Flash Player* ends in 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) we will be hiding the LGfL "Legacy" resources at the end of the spring term. This is to help teachers to recognise their shelf-life and begin to look for alternatives resources to use from lgfl.net.
If you have any further questions about our legacy resources, please contact 
contentsupport@lgfl.net.
Upcoming Training and Events
Training events are included in your school's Let's Get Digital subscription and are therefore *free* for LGfL schools staff to attend. Click on the images below to see the information for the highlighted courses and to book them.
You can also check out the whole training portal for training on a wide range of topics.
Google Training for LGfL Schools
Google have launched a new series of free professional development for LGfL schools to attend, including workshops such as;
  • Effective EdTech for Maths lessons
  • Security Summit
  • Accessibility with G Suite and Chrome
  • Computer Science on Chrome with CS First
All sessions will be held at the Google offices in Victoria. Book soon, as places are filling up fast. You can find out more and register here.
 

Claim your Neverware CloudReady licenses to revive your old devices today:
 

By installing CloudReady and Chrome Education on your school's aging computers, you can expand student device access, help your IT budgets go further, and maintain a secure and managed solution. This bundle will help to enable distance learning for a greater number of your staff and students.
LGfL schools can claim CloudReady licences as part of their existing LGfL Subscription. Visit
 
neverware.com/lgfl to find out more.

Wednesday 29th April - "Building an IT Strategy for Schools and MATS" 

 
This event is free for schools and MATS and partners are welcome if they are accompanying one of their schools or Trusts. These events can be a great opportunity to take time out of day to day school operations to think more strategically and see how to define and achieve your digital vision. Sign up here.
Powered by Pledge 2020

Make sure you visit the Pledge 2020 page and hit "Count Me In" to register for your school's broadband boost. LGfL schools might be entitled to a 200% faster internet connection without spending any additonal money. 
Click here for more information about Pledge 2020
Curriculum Blog
 
Our curriculum blog is updated weekly and now has close to 200 posts showcasing resources from LGfL to help support you in delivering the curriculum. You may have noticed that we have included posts about Inclusion and Wellbeing rather than have a separate IncludEd Blog.

Please let us know what future blog posts you would like to read or indeed 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! So that you never miss a post you can 
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Dates for Your Diary

Friday 27th March 2020 - Let's Get Technical Conference

Thursday 23rd April 2020 - Let's Get Digital  Conference

W/B 22nd June 2020 - London Maths Week (LGfL are one of the partners).
For information about dates and resources with Inclusion in mind, visit inclusioncalendar.lgfl.net.

Regards,
Your Learning Resource Consultants
Laura Smith and Bradley Dardis

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