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ICT grants for Software

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by becktonboy, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. becktonboy

    becktonboy New commenter

    ELCs were subsumed into the HTG a long time ago, the HTG has just disappeared into school budgets. If your school's provision is as dire as you seem to be saying the question really does arise of what on earth the eLC and NGFL money, which all schools received, was spent on ....
    I would say forget the creative curriculum (the responsibility of the whole school) until your ICT curriculum (your responsibility) is being delivered - I doubt that control, data logging, modelling, most aspects of data handling or even of communicating information are being covered and that word processing (mostly identifiable as 'typing up'), drawing a Paint picture, knocking up endless overblown linear PowerPoints and the dreaded 'internet research' figure in most year groups' planning and that if you analysed the skills the children have they are hovering around L2/3, with little apparent progression?
    Hunting for grants could take up all of your time and break your heart, any funder would be justified in asking about all the government money given to the school and what happened to it.
    The first place to start is your head's office - get them on board or all of your effort will be frustrated. You need enough equipment to deliver the curriculum.Then look at free software and getting it onto your school network - online resources can be used as a stopgap but they are unreliable - then develop a long term strategy for resourcing ICT. If you are happy with the SOW audit staff skills and do some monitoring, get management time to observe lessons and dig into planning - especially of those teachers 'doing their own thing' - would that be acceptable in other subjects in your school? look at planning across a year to see the holes in coverage - I would suggest a large G&T to hand if you do that all at once.
     
  2. You don't need to money to get ICT software. We use a variety of software, only two of which we pay for - Microsoft Office (whole school) and Serif DrawPlus and WebPlus. The rest of the software we use is free, which means we can spend our ICT budget on resources and pupils can download the software at home.

    Graphics:
    - GIMP 2.0 - http://www.gimp.org/
    - Inkscape - http://inkscape.org/

    Office:
    - OpenOffice - http://www.openoffice.org/

    Game Design:
    - Scratch - http://scratch.mit.edu/
    - GameMaker - http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/windows
    - Construct - http://www.scirra.com/
    - Kodu - http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/

    Sound Editing:
    - Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    Programming:
    - Hackety-hack - http://hackety-hack.com/
    - Greenfoot - http://www.greenfoot.org/door
    - BlueJ - http://www.bluej.org/
    - NetBeans - http://netbeans.org/
    - Eclipse - http://www.eclipse.org/
    - Notepad++ - http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

    Screen-recording:
    - Camstudio - http://camstudio.org/

    You can also get software for free/cheap through Microsoft Dreamspark program - https://www.dreamspark.com/default.aspx

    On top of that, there is also lots of free-to-use websites that you can make use of when teaching ICT.
     
  3. That didn't format properly. Hopefully this will work:

    You don't need to money to get ICT software. We use a variety of software, only two of which we pay for - Microsoft Office (whole school) and Serif DrawPlus and WebPlus. The rest of the software we use is free, which means we can spend our ICT budget on resources and pupils can download the software at home.



    <h3>Graphics:</h3>
    • GIMP 2.0 - http://www.gimp.org/
    • Inkscape - http://inkscape.org/


    <h3>Office:</h3>
    • OpenOffice - http://www.openoffice.org/


    <h3>Game Design:</h3>
    • Scratch - http://scratch.mit.edu/
    • GameMaker - http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/windows
    • Construct - http://www.scirra.com/
    • Kodu - http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/


    <h3>Sound Editing:</h3>
    • Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/


    <h3>Programming:</h3>
    • Hackety-hack - http://hackety-hack.com/
    • Greenfoot - http://www.greenfoot.org/door
    • BlueJ - http://www.bluej.org/
    • NetBeans - http://netbeans.org/
    • Eclipse - http://www.eclipse.org/
    • Notepad++ - http://notepad-plus-plus.org/


    <h3>Screen-recording:</h3>
    • Camstudio - http://camstudio.org/


    You can also get software for free/cheap through Microsoft Dreamspark program - https://www.dreamspark.com/default.aspx



    On top of that, there is also lots of free-to-use websites that you can make use of when teaching ICT.
     
  4. That is great - thank you to the both of you :D
     
  5. It's always worth having a dig around at County Hall and so on. I remember when I started I found countless licenses for s/w the county had bought but apparently never thought to tell anyone about.
    It's always worth having a look at open source stuff and freeware. Be careful with windows though, the windows only stuff sometimes comes with trojans, toolbars or the like.
    Genuine open source stuff - OpenOffice, Audacity and much of the previous excellent list, doesn't. f you look through the history of the forum you'll find several recommendations.
     
  6. becktonboy

    becktonboy New commenter

    Definitely agree with Scratch but MSWLogo too. Audacity a must for sound editing, rather than just recording and playback. Open office would give you a Draw program for higher level graphics work. Photostory3 for creating presentations and creatice writing. Pivot Stick Animator is lots of fun, good for modelling and ideal for making short videos, adding music edited in Audacity. SMA for photo animation. There's lots of cross curricular stuff but ICT is a good starting point. In the end you will have to buy kit and software for data logging and control, a good database program is handy - all of this mainly thinking of KS2. EYFS and KS1 need additional resources.
    As I said earlier online resources can be a temporary stopgap.
     

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