YMCA report

Rob May, YMCA director of awards, says it's time for exam boards to take the lead with e-assessment

Did you know that YMCA Awards is one of the most innovative exam boards for e-assessment? It's pioneering work with health and fitness qualifications has won recognition for the way it has moved assessment forward with the integration of online learning.

But it recognises that one exam board alone cannot make the difference needed in education, and this week it released its new report, Making digital learning work for the leisure sector to spread its message. YMCA director of awards, Rob May, explains here why it's time for all examiners to step forward into the digital world to make assessment more appropriate for learners.

Dutch greenhouse

Ex-head Jim Wynn advises governments on changing learning. He believes point-of-learning tech will transform assessment

Educators have a lot in common with gardeners. But instead of growing fruit and vegetables we grow successful humans.

However, while agriculture adopts technology for radical change, education struggles to grasp its most exciting possibility. And that is to embrace technology to achieve what all educators want — to help everyone realise their potential both as individuals and as effective members of society

Achieve online

No such thing as a free lunch? Primary schools have the next best thing with 'Achieve Online'  

With the key stage 2 maths SATs results due, it’s an opportune time for schools to be thinking about their strategies for next year.

That’s why publisher Rising Stars is stepping in with a new online revision service for Year 6 children to help them succeed in the tests. It's called Achieve Online Mathematics, and the good news is that this high-quality product, which would normally cost £200-500 is free for a year.

Students with Workbooks

Schools get more mobile tech choice with keyboards and pens from ‘the LearnPad people’

Schools reluctant to follow others down Apple’s iPad route have been vindicated by far greater choice and value for money — and that now includes £200 10.1-inch Windows 10 tablets with affordable keyboards and digital pens.

Avantis, the innovative company behind the low-cost Android LearnPad tablets with eponymous management system for schools and ClassCharge wireless charging racks, has launched a groundbreaking ‘Workbook’ tablet with two important features that stand out from those available to users of most iPads — integrated clip-on keyboards and pressure-sensitive digital pens.

Petra eMag

A 1.7m-strong online learning community created by Finnish teachers now has its own monthly magazine

Primary pupils aged 7-11 get to go on a world tour of places, peoples and customs with a new interactive e-magazine through Petra's Planet Share, a "social platform for learning" created with Finnish teachers.

The Petra's Planet magazine, developed by Finnish company Dramaforum, reflects the Nordic approach to learning — "fun, quality content, and cultural and environmental awareness with the concept of global citizenship", and schools can get it free for half a term.