Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Torbay RTC: e-Learning Foundation

Live blog from #torbayrtc.

Kevin Pay is talking about overcoming the digital divide. The e-Learning Foundation aims:
"...to reduce the effect of this “Digital Divide” by working with schools, parents and other stakeholders to ensure that all children have access to the learning resources that technology can make available, when and where they need them, both at home and at school."
They have three core principles:
  1. Equity of access
  2. Sustainability
  3. Home use
The third is seen as important - it is not a way for schools to get extra kit! Becta are distributing the funds and it is going directly to families. The Home Access fund is means tested (based on eligibility for free school meals. Home access but the child will bring to school so has educational benefits too.

E Learning - Computer from School Website on Vimeo.

There is also a School Affiliation aspect to their work to help schools provide personal ICT access for their pupils.

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