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This section contains information which has featured on our website previously which may still be of use to schools.

Spending E-learning credits with Schools' ICT Services


A number of schools have enquired about the use of e-Learning Credits and whether the Schools' ICT Services  was an authorised reseller.

The Westfield Centre is now registered as an accredited reseller of software on the Curriculum On-Line web site, under Lancashire County Council with the supplier ID 6232. Schools may therefore purchase software that is approved under the e-Learning Credits Scheme. We will purchase from those accredited suppliers on your behalf. Clearly the bulk purchases available will be advantageous in the discounts that can be negotiated on behalf of schools.

Schools wishing to take purchase materials with e-learning credits should contact Diane Robinson at the Westfield Centre on (01772) 450 705.

If you purchase materials with e-learning credits please clearly mark all orders under the e-Learning Credits scheme and ensure that similar note is maintained within school for validating claims for the DfES.

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Remember Podd


  There can't be that many of us left who remember Podd on the old BBC computers. It spawned a whole cross-curriculum topic - Podd dramas to Podd mobiles in D&T ... remember ...

What can Podd do? is the original Podd activity. Podd waits for the children to type in a verb. If he doesn't recognise the verb, Podd says 'Oh no, I can't'. When Podd recognises a verb, he will speak it aloud and perform the action.

Finding over 100 words that Podd can act out challenges children to think while working with Podd. Word lists can be collected next to the computer to which children can add their new discoveries. They can also discover which words are synonym by recognizing that Podd performs the same action for different verbs.

Indigo Learning have re-vamped this old favourite and its is now available from the site listed below.

NAACE and Becta ICT Advice Online Inset: ICT - the subject


NAACE has provided in partnership with Becta this professional development and awareness raising inset for all ICT coordinators and those teaching ICT.

This innovative three-day Online Inset conference entitled “Coordinator’s issues – the wider picture” is for ICT coordinators and ICT subject leaders everywhere and will run from  21st to 23rd October 2003. 
All presentations and activities will be on the site before and during the three-day inset. Each day there will be a different focus. Delegates will be able to engage in discussion around these with colleagues and other experienced professionals via the live web based e-mail forum. The presenters will be available at various times during the day and evening to respond to the discussion and any question. Questions and comments can be added at anytime and discussion can continue without the presenter.

To join in discussions, all you need to do is complete a quick and free registration process. If you have registered for other ICT Advice online Insets before, you can use the same user name and password to log in.

The performance indICaTor – a report on schools’ satisfaction with their ICT products and services

Posted: 6th Dec 2002

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) has been commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to conduct a survey to investigate how satisfied schools in England are with the performance of their information and communications technology (ICT) products, services and suppliers.

The results of the survey will be published in a report called ‘the performance indICaTor’, which will be available on Becta’s ICT Advice web site, at, from 8th January 2003.

The ECDL is designed specifically for those who wish to gain a basic qualification in computing to help them with their current job, develop their IT skills and enhance their career prospects. No prior knowledge of IT or computer skills is needed to study the ECDL.

How ECDL works
The ECDL syllabus is designed to cover the key concepts of computing, its practical applications and their use in the workplace and society in general. It is broken down into seven modules, each of which must be passed before the ECDL certificate is awarded. Candidates are goven a logbook listing all the modules. As they pass each module, we will sign the logbook. The modules may be taken in any order and over any period of time (up to three years) - even all at once - offering maximum flexibility. When all the modules have been successfully completed, the logbook is exchanged for a certificate. The seven modules that make up the ECDL are: Basic concepts of IT Using the computer and managing files Word processing Spreadsheets Database Presentation Information and Communication

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