Top 'Technology in Education' TED Talks

  • By Gabrielle Cox
  • 29 Jun, 2017
´╗┐We've put together a list of our favourite TED Talks on technology in education, from inspiring children to code to virtual reality to inspire learning, the possibilities are huge. 

1. Let’s Teach Kids To Code

MIT professor Mitch Resnick believes in the power of teaching young children how to build programs. In this TEDx talk, from 2012, Resnick talks about the generation of  kids who can text and chat and game, but don’t know how to create any of the new technologies they’re interested in. "It's almost as if they read but can't write with new technologies, and I'm interesting in seeing how we can help young people become fluent and that really means that they need to be able to write their own computer programs, or code." His solution? Providing child friendly apps and software to help them learn, hands on how to code. 
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2. A 12-Year-Old App Developer
In this TED talk, 12 year old Thomas Suarez talks about his most successful iPad app: Bustin Jieber, a Whack-a-Mole game featuring teen pop star Justin Bieber after seeing that a lot of people in his class didn't like him that much. Thomas highlights the problem of where fellow kids could go to learn how to build apps, with the support of his teachers and family he himself has created an 'App Building' club. Should clubs like his be more common place amongst UK schools?
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3. A delightful way to teach kids about computers
Computer code is the next universal language. In this talk Linda Liukas wants to help educate children, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colourful, expressive machines meant to be 'tinkered with'. Similarly to Mitch Resnick's talk, she identified that, " The kids of today they tap, swipe and pinch their way through the world, but unless we give them tools to build with computers, we are raising only consumers instead of creators." 
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4. This virtual lab will revolutionise science class
VR (Virtual Reality) is fast becoming a mainstream resource, although commonly used in gaming and entertainment, Michael Bodekaer identified how VR can be made accessible in education.  He set out to create a fully simulated, one-to-one, virtual reality laboratory, allowing the students to perform experiments with mathematical equations that would then simulate what would happen in real life. This has gone on to older students being tasked with solving a CSI murder case using their core science skills. The VR education possibilities do seem endless. 
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5. Why Massively Open Online Courses Still Matter
Here,CEO of edX, Anant Agarwal, talks about how MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have the power to improve classrooms. Anant identifies that the millennial generation is different and completely comfortable with online technology, he suggests that rather than fighting technology in the classroom, it should be embraced. He suggests  'blended learning courses', where students watch videos, read online or work on interactive exercises, at their own pace, in an environment they feel comfortable in before coming together in the classroom to discuss what they've learnt with discussions, problem solving and hands-on activities. It's this way of thinking that we could bring into the real-world classroom. 
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SOLTECH IT NEWS

By Gabrielle Cox 19 Nov, 2017
We are thrilled of how well the Soltech IT team have done this year, especially with the various awards we have won or been nominated for in the last few months. We're so proud to be a Bishop Sutton based business and so to be recognised by The Chew Valley Gazette means a great deal!

As our Founding Director, Richard Sheppard states above, "The past year has been amazing for Soltech IT; we have expanded our team, improved and developed our IT support services across education and business sectors and worked with a whole host of fantastic clients." 

The year just keeps on getting better for the team, here's to the next few weeks of 2017! 
By Gabrielle Cox 12 Nov, 2017
This week are teaming up with accountancy software reseller, Sapphire Accounting Systems (SAS), at their event at Combe Lodge, Blagdon.

As a guest speaker, on the 15th November, we will be discussing the security implications of not upgrading your software and hardware systems and how we can work with businesses to do this effectively. We will also be chatting about GDPR, what to expect, the IT requirements you'll need to meet and the next steps for your business. 

Founding Director Richard Sheppard commented, "We are looking forward to once again partnering with Sapphire Business Systems and providing advice and assistance to local businesses."

Can't make the event but would like to know more about Sage, software & hardware upgrades or what steps you need to take for GDPR? Pop us an email to sales@soltechit.co.uk or give us a call 0117 2140 299.
By Gabrielle Cox 10 Nov, 2017
We'd like to take this time to highlight the importance of the Poppy Appeal and remembering those who have served our country. It is a cause which is incredibly important and one we're proud to have supported for a number of years.

As stated on the Royal British Legion website, " The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present.

By wearing a poppy, you aren’t just remembering the fallen: you’re supporting a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support."

Founding Director Richard Sheppard commented, "The 11th November is a day close to all our hearts and we are proud to support The Poppy Appeal and remember those who have served our country, and those who have lost their lives." 

To make your own donation to the Poppy Appeal please head here
Thank you. 

By Richard Sheppard 07 Nov, 2017
Soltech IT is a multi award winning IT services provider to businesses, charities and educational establishments throughout the UK.

Our innovative and pro-active approach to IT has driven our growth, resulting in us essentially doubling in size every 2 years.

Only a few years ago our clients were prominently based in the South West of England, today our customers can be found throughout the British Isles and as far afield as the USA and UAE. 

To meet the demands and challenges of our current and projected growth targets, we are looking to recruit people with a real sense of excitement and enthusiasm for business, education and customer service.

Working along side our dedicated and culturally like-minded team, we offer potential candidates the opportunity to expand and progress their careers, whilst benefiting from the rewards success brings.

At present we have positions available for both sales and technical people, however we are always interested in seeing opportunistic CV's, from outstanding individuals who fit our ethos and working culture.

Click to view our career opportunities.
By Gabrielle Cox 06 Nov, 2017

As an accredited Living Wage employer, we are thrilled to welcomes the increase in UK and London rates announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week (November 5th-11th 2017).

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said: 

"Year-on-year, we see organisations and businesses across the UK embracing the real Living Wage as they recognise that a fair day’s pay is not only the right thing so to but can improve the quality of staff’s work, reduce absenteeism and increase motivation and retention.”
“Today’s increase acknowledges that the cost of living continues to rise for workers everywhere and the leadership shown by businesses who welcome this is a cause for celebration during Living Wage Week, sending a positive message to the business community to show what others can achieve.”    

For more information about Living Wage Week go to http://www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-week
By Richard Sheppard 01 Nov, 2017
Here's another excellent grant funding opportunity for schools.

Greggs Foundation - Breakfast Club Programme

Greggs plc took up the charge and established the first ‘Greggs’ breakfast club. The Greggs Foundation now oversees over 430 clubs, providing a nutritious breakfast to over 26,000 school children each day, over 5 million each year!!!

The Greggs Foundation receives funding from a range of partners, often private sector companies including their major partner, Greggs plc. 

Greggs Foundation uses the money to support breakfast clubs through an initial start up grant for equipment such as chest freezers to store food items or toys and activities for the club. They also make a payment each term towards other food items and Greggs plc donates bread from the nearest shop.

This approach tends to be very well received by our breakfast club schools, many of whom have worked in partnership with Greggs for over fifteen years. Schools tell us that they like the flexibility of the model, allowing them to tailor their club to suit the needs of the children that attend.

The average club costs just £2,000 to set up and run for a year.

Apply now

Click to learn more about our Bursar and Grant Funding service?  

Click to contact us now.

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