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  Newsletter 28  16 February 2019  


In this week's newsletter:

Edtech Conf 25 June - Registration now open

The focus of this year's conference is English and the keynote will be delivered by local legend Philip Webb who will look at how technology can be integrated into teaching sequences in English, and in reading and writing across the curriculum. Other speakers include Rob Smith, Charlotte Hacking, Julian Wood, Paul Tullock, Alex Fellowes & Tim Bleazard. A range of relevant exhibitors, including EducationCity, Pobble and Purple Mash, have also been invited to showcase how their products can enhance the teaching of English in your school. To find out more and to book your place online please click here.  Please note you will need to decide which breakout sessions you would like to attend before registering online.

Gaming Festival - Mon 2 July 

A number of schools have now registered to enter games into our inaugural Gaming Festival.  If you would like to attend but do not have the confidence to enter games this year there are 2 other categories that may interest you:-

Best Character Design - invent and draw your own character from a game & write up to 200 words to describe them.

Best Game Concept - Create a game sleeve for a DVD box for a game you have thought of.  No need to code the actual game! Add the artwork and game description. You can download and print a template for your DVD at

And don't forget you can simply register to attend with your pupils without entering any categories. If you have questions at all about the festival and how your school can get involved please contact or for mre details click here.

BLN Customers - EducationCity feedback required

As part of the BLN4 renewal we need to understand what additional services schools would like us to offer as a collaborative purchase.  Please complete the form below stating whether you would be interested in renewing your EducationCity subscription or not as part of a BLN4 contract. The responses we receive will determine whether we proceed so please complete the form either way - note you are simply expressing an interest and not entering into a formal commitment. Please click here to complete the form.

The new world of Artificial Intelligence and Robots is nearly here - Event Tue 22 May

When today’s primary school children finish their education we expect over 50% of today’s jobs to be gone.  Robot rallying is the first of a series of Bradford projects to develop the new educational skills and interests that will lead into employment in the new economy of the 4th Industrial Revolution with its new jobs. Hopefully we will achieve this before all the current jobs are destroyed by the new technology.

For today’s primary school children their adult world will include autonomous cars, buses and trucks. Bradford is a leading centre for the development of self-driving cars and their software. Robot Rally's first steps will introduce your pupils to models of self-driving cars. You will get a working model car with basic software and a track. The challenge for your pupils is to hack into the Scratch software (developed for primary schools) to make it go quicker. How do you use the 5 sensors to keep on the line and react to sharp changes in direction without falling off the line and getting lost?

This opportunity is for Y5/6 pupils - if you are interested in taking part we have a teacher's introduction event on Tue 22 May at 4pm at the Innovation Centre Bradford. Click here to register. A Face to Face Event Robot Rallying First Steps will take place at The Innovation Centre on Thu 5 July at 9am. For further information contact John Baruch, Project Lead, on 07899022049 or email John on  Please pass details of this opportunity on to your science department.

STEM - Using technology to create an engaging & purposeful Science Curriculum 21& 22 Jun

This 2 day residential course to be delivered at The National STEM Centre York is being held on 21 & 22 June. Your school may be eligible for a bursary to cover the full cost of this high impact CPD - to find out more about how this works visit This CPD will allow you to explore various forms of digital technology and their applications for use in science. We will look at educational apps, recording, presenting and data handling software and examine how these tools can be used independently by children to support their own learning. This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. To find out more and to book your place click here.

In School Opportunities

It is sometimes difficult to teach more complex parts of the Computing Curriculum, particularly certain aspects of Computer Science. As part of our service we can bring the world of computing into your school as we offer a variety of computer based activities to stimulate, educate and engage your pupils with the Computing Curriculum:-

Augmented and Virtual Reality, Film Making, Games Creation, Interactive Writing, Music Making, Physical Computing, Robotics

These activities can be delivered in a variety of ways:-

Whole class teaching , Coding Clubs during the school day or after school , School holiday sessions. Please visit our dedicated pages for more information.








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