Archive for the ‘eSafety’ Category

We have been busy working with the Regional Support Centre in the South East to get the launch event organised for the 8 November.  We will be there in force from the TechDis team along with our ambassador team who will be doing the bulk of the work with staff and students in the region.

Firstly we have to thank Guildford College for kindly providing us with a venue – a good start to what we hope will be an exciting project.

The Ambassadors team will include Sally Betts,  project manager, faciltators Lilian Soonand David Sugden and me, Lisa Featherstone.   The TechDis team will be Alistair McNaught who will be doing some technology demonstrations as well as offering advice and guidance and Simon Ball who will also be working with a Higher Education colleague to observe and evaluate the programme.  Our colleagues from RSC South Eastwill also be there to lend a hand and provide the all important local and personal input.

The most important people there however will be the delegates.  We have staff coming from a wide range of providers including local authority ACL centres, work based learning providers, Specialist Colleges and Uk Online Centres as well as mainstream FE colleges. There will be plenty of opportunity for networking and sharing of practice.  The main focus of the day will be an introduction and then action planning with each provider.

We’re finalising the details now and all really looking forward to the day.

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A group of Independent Specialist Colleges from the East Midlands have just finished an 18 month project to produce e-safety resources for young adults with learning difficulties.  The partner colleges involved were Hinwick Hall,  Homefield College,  Landmarks College, Linkage Community, National Star College, Portland College and RNIB College Loughborough.  The project was funded by the Flexibility and Innovation fund via LSIS.  The project was initiated in response to the lack of age appropriate resources for adults with learning difficulties.

The main purpose of the project was to:-

  • involve learners in the production of support and guidance materials that they feel comfortable using;
  • produce training materials for staff;
  • produce guidance for parents and carers.

The final outcome is a vibrant and welcoming website.  It is clear that the project group have worked hard to reflect their sector and the client group have contributed to the content, the evaluation and the ongoing feedback and evaluation.

Image of Technology header with photo of a young woman using a mobile phone





The site contains rich media content including a great video of the Learner Conference in March, some excellent sound bites from teaching staff and an animated video to remind students and staff of e-safety issues.

Image of screen shot of page with the 5Ts of esafety.

The project started in January 2011 and has just completed .  The site will be maintained and updated for at least two years, until 31st August 2014.  It is a great piece of work and all credit must go to the staff and students at the partner colleges.

You can see for yourself at  http://www.em-esafetyproject.co.uk/

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The TechDis voices are young English voices which are free to use for all post 16 students and staff. You can find more information on how to register here.

Once you have registered there are some things you need to be aware of so you can either install the voices yourself or ask your IT department. All the information is in this short video.

Installing The Voice – What You Need to Know from JISC TechDis on Vimeo.

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We at TechDis are working closely with a number of groups on e-safety and e-responsibility. This is a great video and just the sort of short message we are using in Toolbox.


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