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Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) – Information and learning technology guides for Wales

Information and learning technology guides for Wales

21 August 2009

Last month we launched a set of guides to help teachers and managers in Wales use technology to support the learning they and their organisations deliver. The two application guides provide a bridge between the new professional standards for Teachers, Tutors, Trainers and the national occupational standards for leadership and management with further knowledge, application and illustration in the use of technology. Weblinks and other sources of information are included in all sections.

The guides were launched on 1 July 2009 at the Moodle-Wales and Learntech Wales Integration – Learning Together conference. In partnership with the Regional Support Centre Wales we ran a workshop as part of the event, to introduce the guides to delegates and demonstrate how they can be used by individuals and their employers to identify skills and knowledge gaps, and therefore help inform their continuing professional development.

The guides were developed in consultation with those working in lifelong learning in the Wales, and we would like to thank all those who contributed. Lifelong Learning UK worked with a number of partners in the development of the guides including:

  • Welsh Assembly Government (Department of Children, Education, Lifelong learning and Skills)
  • NGfL-Cymru
  • Fforwm
  • Estyn
  • NTFW
  • RSC Wales

We thank them for their participation and support.

Click here to download Application of Using Technology to Support Learning for Teachers, Tutors and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector in Wales.

Click here to download Application Guide for Leaders and Managers to Lead the Effective Use of Technology in the Lifelong Learning Sector in Wales

A separate publication of Good Practice Case Studies has also been developed and will be available soon.

Very timely and useful information for all those of us working in education in Wales.

Simplifying the social web with XAuth: Google Social Web Blog

Have you ever seen a webpage with a collection of buttons for sharing or logging in like the ones below?

Screenshot of buttons taken at Pocket Link

Not all of these buttons are equally relevant, but because there is currently no convenient way to share your preferred services publicly, this approach has become extremely popular, even though the complexity of this interface may actually inhibit sharing!

On the desktop, this problem was solved long ago with what is called the “system registry”. When you install a new application, you are asked whether you want the new application to handle certain kinds of files, like photos. So, for example, if you install a new app and set the new application to be the default “handler” for photos, when you double click a photo next time, it’ll automatically open in your new application.

Until today, that kind of registry didn’t exist for the web, but thanks to a new collaboration between Meebo and several parties including Google, an initial launch of a service that acts as a registry for the web can be found at xauth.org.

Read the full article on the Google Social Web Blog

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e-skills UK | e-skills Manifesto

The e-skills Manifesto

Leading companies set out recommendations

As countries around Europe focus on IT skills during European e-Skills week, major employers in the UK have set out their recommendations on how to e-skill the workforce to create sustainable economic growth.

The heads of leading IT & Telecoms companies and CIOs from all sectors of the economy have joined together with e-skills UK %u2013 the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology %u2013 to publish the e-skills Manifesto.

Companies backing the Manifesto include Cable & Wireless, Cisco, Logica, HP, IBM, Quicksilva, BA, National Grid, UBS and Whitbread.

Investment in technology skills is essential

With 2.46 million people currently unemployed in the UK, the group say that investment in technology skills is essential for economic growth and employment.

Among the Manifesto’s recommendations are calls to:

  • radically improve IT-related education,
  • provide practical help for companies to innovate and increase productivity, and
  • ensure that government policy reflects the strategic importance of technology.

Download the e-skills Manifesto

e-skills Manifesto – 1 March 2010 (PDF – 724KB)

Last modified: 01 Mar 2010

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