Our Head of HR, Sally Bannister is a finalist for the Venus Awards HR Manager of the Year in the Thames Valley!
2017 is the first Thames Valley Venus Awards, spanning Swindon, Oxford, Reading, High Wycombe and Bracknell. Nominations and applications exceeded expectations in all categories.
Sally has worked at Turn IT On since 2014 as our Head of HR and has made a real difference to the company.
Alongside working for Turn IT On Sally is a busy mother of four; Joe 12, Jake 11, Evie 4 and Bella 1. She is also a parent governor at her local primary school and spends her weekends cheering on her children at football and athletic events.
The Venus Awards has already given Sally a great opportunity to network with other amazing women working in the Thames Valley and the final in June will be no different.
The whole of Turn IT On would like to congratulate Sally on getting to the final – we can’t wait to hear the final results!
Turn IT On teacher Lynn Brittain has been making stop motion films with her class of year 3 and 4s.
Films including Potato Love, Lego Robbery and The Argument were created by the class using the Lego Movie maker. Unfortunately, this app is no longer available to download – in schools that do not have the Lego movie maker app, our curriculum team recommend Stop Motion Studio or Stop Motion Studio Pro.
Stop Motion Studio is a free app with the option for in-app purchases. This app allows for the creation of stop-motion animated films directly from the device with no computer needed. The free app is a great starting point for stop motion movie creation as the basic features are included within the application however if you require the additional features these can either be purchased in-app or theStudio Motion Proapp can be purchased instead. Priced at £4.99 this app contains additional features to make more of your stop motion movies. Features included in the Pro app include Green Screen to allow you to change the background of your clips, Sound Effect library of more than 80 music and sound samples, Themes to allow you to add movie titles, credits and text cards to your movies, the ability to create your movies in 4K Ultra High Definition and many more features. After creating their movies pupils are
After creating their movies pupils using both the free and pro apps are able to export and save the app in a variety of formats such as an animated GIF, a movie in a square format perfect for Instagram and Facebook. Have your class created Stop-motion movies? We would love to see the finished results, tweet us @TurnITonSupport
Recently two members of the Turn IT On team walked over hot coals to raise money for a local school.
Mark Jenkins, our Buckinghamshire School Development Manager and Vicki Price, one of our teachers in Buckinghamshire both braved the firewalk to raise money towards the building of a new music block at a local school.
We are very impressed with Vicki and Mark’s bravery to go the extra mile to help out one of our schools and we look forward to seeing the new music block!
During the conference several of our team will be on our stand including; Turn IT On’s MD Tom Welch, Tom Magawly the Oxfordshire Team Manager, Jayson Williams the Oxfordshire School Development Manager and Martin Long the Curriculum Lead.
Be sure to say hello to our team, talk to them about your current support or ask them about how Turn IT On can support your school.
We look forward to seeing you in Stratford-upon-Avon from Wednesday afternoon!
Today is World Book Day 2017. This is the 20th World Book Day and children and teachers across the country are dressing up as their favourite book characters, including members of our curriculum team, at a school this morning Martin Long was a Wizard and teaching within our Bucks team Vicki Price is dressed as Little Red Riding Hood! Many of our office staff sent their children to school in Fancy Dress today with costumes including, Tom from David Walliams, the Midnight Gang and Roald Dahl’s Matilda.
One of the resources some of our teachers will be using is the Creative Book Builder. This app, available to download from iTunes or Google Play, allows students to create their own eBooks on Apple or Android devices then export and share their stories. When our teachers have used the app in classes they have always had a great response from the class. The app can be used all year round and within any subject but as today is World Book Day some of our teachers will be integrating this into their classes.
Do you have a favourite resource to use on World Book Day? We would love to hear about it, tweet us@TurnITonSupport
Today is Safer Internet Day and Turn IT On are proud to support this annual event. This year the theme is “Be the change: unite for a better internet” and the aim is to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
One way you can get involved with making a better internet is with the #giveusasmile campaign – simply share a smile. There are lots of ways you can share a smile simply design your own smiling emoji (you can use the template here), post a smiling selfie or even just send a positive message.
Another way you can get involved is to take part in the Safer Internet Day Quiz and find out how much you know about what to do online.
Here at Turn IT On our teaching consultants are running lessons and assemblies across our schools to spread the Safer Internet Day message. At one of our schools, the consultant and the schools Digital Leaders will be running the assembly to spread the e-safety message to the rest of the schools as well as running a parent workshop about the importance of e-safety and what can be done.
To talk about e-safety two books our teachers will be using are Chicken Clicking, a story about social media and using the internet without the right care and Webster’s email which tells the story of how quickly photos can be shared across the internet.
To discuss why people say nasty things online that they would never say face to face one of our teachers will be showing this video to her class of year 6 then sticking a sheet of paper on each of the pupils’ backs and asking everyone to write positive messages.
We love seeing what other schools and teachers are doing for Safer Internet Day – make sure you tweet your activities with the hashtag #SID2017
Here at Turn IT On we know that we are only as good as our people. So, we are always on the lookout for the next recruit who wants to make a difference in school computing support and join the Turn IT On team.
The first term of 2017 is now well underway and, with all Turn IT On customers back from their Christmas holidays, our teams are back to their regular visits and support. The end of term was a busy time for our teams, consultants were building Discover Networks and the installers fitted AV solutions and Wireless Networks in various schools whilst the curriculum team met to discuss and develop our curriculum support and resources.
Alongside developing the resources used by the curriculum team Narden, one of our London teachers conducted training. The main focus was on the recently launched Swiftcoding language from Apple, designed to enable everyone to create there own apps. This is a great tool for schools using iPads as the language is designed to give more freedom than ever before.
If you are looking to develop and transform the Computing Curriculum in your school this term, please contact our curriculum lead Martin Long.
Turn IT On’s Curriculum Team can support you with:
Bespoke curriculum planning to utilise your existing school hardware and software resources
Team teaching to build staff confidence supporting all abilities
Modelled lessons if staff wish to observe new skills or develop pedagogical knowledge
Working with groups of staff on a common focus to support actions from subject or key stage development plans