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A charitable, jargon-free office

We're now imposing heavy fines to visitors who use corporate jargon! And it all goes to our chosen charity, Hand on Heart, who are dedicated to placing life-saving defibrillators into schools. A little like education and its acronyms (EYFS, ESL, LEA, SENCO, PTA etc), the business world is full of people who are full of umm... corporate jargon. Those with North American parent companies are pa…
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Proud to support Hand on Heart

A couple of our team enrolled in First Aid Training recently, and were shocked to discover that 12 young people die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the UK each week. This shock changed to despair when we heard that if a defibrillator is used within 3-5 minutes, survival chances increase from 6% to 74%, yet only a minority of schools have one on site. Isn't that about the most shocking…
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A long list of new things this September

The Autumn Term is a new start - a new school year with new pupils, new curriculum content, and new goals and aspirations. It's also an opportunity to renew your teaching, to help transform learning outcomes, and make all those new things above even more beneficial using the latest education technology. New pupils have just spent 6 weeks learning through play on their iPads, strea…
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The very best support from a Promethean Platinum Partner

Classroom display technology is one of the most significant investments a school can make. Aside from this financial commitment, it’s also the piece of the jigsaw which has the most potential to transform teaching and learning. It’s therefore vital the schools make the right choices when planning their ICT Development. It's also vital to ensure the very best long-term support is avail…
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The chaotic, exciting picture of technology in our schools

Our research in partnership with the University of Huddersfield has highlighted an inconsistent, fast-moving picture of education technology in schools. The capacity to use technology to improve teaching and learning has never been higher, with interactive touchscreens and associated software transforming how lessons are being delivered in the 750,000 classrooms throughout the UK. From the 57% …
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Why schools should work with a SMART Gold Partner

As part of our growth and our continuous improvement, we’re delighted to be recognised as a SMART Gold and SMART Software Solutions Partner! The most important element of this is how it improves our service to our customers. This happens in the following ways: When we’re advising on use of SMART in your school, SMART have verified that you’re in good hands; we know what we’re ta…
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My apprenticeship - the exciting story so far...

In my first two weeks at Elementary Technology, I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. I have enjoyed the fact that I have been treated as an equal, as apprentices can sometimes be seen as ‘lower down’.  I was welcomed in by all of the staff and everyone has been very friendly. I have been doing market research and blog articles, things that I find very interesting and I now have a be…
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by Conor Farnaby


Strengthening our commitment to Service

Since our inception twelve years ago we have evolved from a product sales company into a customer service company.  This process is ongoing, and always will be as we find new ways for continuous improvement. A great recent example is how we’ve recently welcomed several new members to our growing team: Samantha Holden - Service Delivery ManagerAnne Mattison - Service Delivery C…
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Comic Relief event a roaring success!

Over 1,500 children from around York had a rip-roaring time at the York Barbican to support Comic Relief 2017 this week – it’s fair to say that fun was had by all, except perhaps those teachers who were gunged in the name of charity! Hosted by Clifton Green Primary School and supported by Elementary Technology and other local companies, the event raised over £3,000 for Comic Relief. …
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Providing training as unique as your school

When we work with a school, the technology as a teaching tool is only part of our solution. It is the knowledge and skills on how to best use this tool that brings true value. And just like any tool, the tips, tricks, and how best to use it can vary depending on the objective. It's for this reason that when we provide you with your inclusive technology training, it is always from the sam…
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Beware the Bett Barcode

It’s busy, hectic and bright, and you’re at a loud exhibition stand trying to keep track of a classroom visualiser demonstration. It seems pretty good to be fair – the technology appears to be better than what you’ve got which is the main thing. At the end of the demo, you add their business card to your bag of other cards and blag another generic freebie, and the presenter scans …
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The interactive classroom revolution - the story so far...

It’s been over a decade since the UK adopted interactive whiteboard technology as its core teaching tool in the classroom, and it was nothing short of a revolution. All of a sudden, teachers had a wealth of opportunity at their fingertips, from annotating images to hand writing recognition to advanced educational software and more. School pupils could interact with shapes and maths puzzles an…
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The EU as a Collaborative Classroom

Collaboration delivers results in the classroom, yet are these lessons we teach at school reflected in our commercial and political circles? The responsibility to teach our young children the value of strong relationships, of teamwork, of mutual benefit and sharing initially lies with our parents. We share our toys and our cake, we work together to build sandcastles and we learn the value o…
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Using the latest technology to excel, and avoiding capital spend

Independent schools are under immense pressure; pressure to generate results, to be the best option for parents and pupils and to stand out among a crowd of alternatives – independent, state schools and academies. Success in all these areas is vital to generate the financial success every independent school requires. So it’s the job of management team to decide which areas add most value…
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An investment in being the best for our customers

“On the behalf of myself and colleagues we’re very excited to welcome Helene Podmore to the team, as Head of Education. Her appointment reflects our commitment to being the best for our customers, and Helene’s background in education will support our focus on teaching and learning”, comments Chris Deeley, Managing Director at Elementary Technology. “As a company we could employ mor…
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Bringing budget back into your balance sheet

Anything which costs a school money must be carefully managed. Alongside effective teaching and learning, it’s a vital part of running a school. Salaries, energy costs and so on are fine – you know how much you will spend in the next 12 months. Several boxes ticked. Those costs which are ad hoc, unpredictable, not invoiced as standard or hidden - whether they creep up on you and mount up…
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How many circles?

Why your answer says more about you than you realise. Let’s start with the facts – the Oxford English Dictionary tells us: circle (noun) a round plane figure whose boundary (the circumference) consists of points equidistant from a fixed point (the centre). Apparently it’s pronounced ˈsəːk(ə)l . With this definition in mind it’s clear the answer to the question could…
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All part of the service...

Visiting, demonstrating, auditing, quoting, deinstalling, installing, testing, training... and hoovering. Elementary Technology is a full-service supplier! When our colleague Daniel Handford (meet him below on YouTube) was project managing an install of 4 Promethean interactive touchscreens at a primary school in Stockport this morning, he wasn't quite content as the project came to a close.…
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Casting a shadow over your teaching

Would a teacher accept work with large sections missing, and the rest only just about legible? Of course not - work needs to be shown properly and in full. So with this in mind, surely it's only fair that a teacher is able to present their lesson in full, without sections disappearing periodically and with every element clear to every pupil. To suggest otherwise would be avoiding the tr…
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Moving on from the unreliable visitor book

It's vital a school knows exactly who is on the premises at all times, and Elementary Technology are supporting a growing number of schools with this objective. After consultation, installation and ongoing support for a powerful sign-in system, see our brand movie which shows how schools around the UK are seeing real rewards. The movie shows that working with our dedicated sign-in syst…
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Growing company, growing team...

To support our plans for 2016, we are delighted to welcome Marc Langley to our Southern team of consultants. Marc will support schools and colleges throughout Southern England in his new role as an Education Technology Consultant. Marc steps into his role having worked within the AV industry for many years. He is familiar with all levels of interactive technology having introduced a wide…
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Showcasing classroom visualisers at Bett 2016

Our team are ready to showcase the full range of Vidifox visualisers at Bett 2016. Visualisers as a teaching tool are more powerful than ever when it comes to improving teaching and learning. Jake McDonagh, our Education Technology Consultant for the area where the exhibition is being held, comments; 'Visualisers can easily be overlooked when it comes to classroom technology, but particularl…
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EdTech Expo Event Success

In partnership with GLF Schools academy group, we were delighted to hold one of our flagship EdTech Expo events at Glyn School in Surrey. The event was an opportunity to browse the latest technology, and also for teachers to speak with experts from the main manufacturers - all with a cup of tea and cake in hand! We have held several of these events in 2015, and they have proven excelle…
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Classroom visualisers - what, why and how?

Considering using visualisers in your classroom but need a little more information? Read on and learn the basics from our latest movies... Visualisers in the classroom are a powerful tool for any school, yet teachers can sometimes dismiss them as unnecessary distractions. This couldn't be further from the truth. From peer assessment to saving money on photocopying, recording movie metho…
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Is it time to draw a line in the sand?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's likely the classrooms in your school mainly use interactive whiteboards with a projector? Perhaps equipment in some classrooms is fairly new but at least one or two are probably due an upgrade. Maybe a teacher recently mentioned the interactivity on their whiteboard isn’t working properly. And probably a couple of your projectors aren’t quite bright enough…
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A new partnership with YPO begins…

As part of our work supporting schools with their teaching and learning technologies, we are delighted to be commencing a partnership with YPO – a leading public sector buying organisation  – on their Supply of Interactive Solutions in the Public Sector Framework. The agreement means that after an immensely detailed period of assessment, Elementary Technology has been verified as havin…
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There are lots of I’s in team…

We reflect on our recent success as an AV Awards Finalist for ‘Best Reseller’, the fantastic night out we all had in London and the Dad dancing we all enjoyed, and we realise that we’re a strong team. We walked away from our recent Go Karting event with the same feeling! An event to celebrate a very successful year in terms of growth – both in turnover and in several new customer …
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Technology in education - my first impressions as a new employee

Being new to the company and the industry I knew I was in for a whirlwind few weeks trying to get up to speed! I didn’t really know what to expect in my first week apart from that it was already a jam-packed one, promo videos, trade shows and meetings to attend to. I’d better buckle up tight then, what a way to begin my new job! As a newbie I was fascinated to find out just how much educati…
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by Jennifer Drake


AV Award within touching distance!

We always try our hardest to provide the most outstanding service and the best product we can to all of our customers. So to be recognised for this as a Finalist in the Reseller of the Year category is fantastic! Audio visual technologies are the centre of our world, and we believe they should play a central role in education as well. It was our mission to convey this during the robust ju…
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Applying Carol Dweck’s ‘Growth Mindset’ to classroom technology

"In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that". So said Carol Dweck when describing her Growth Mindset philosophy, and how it can be applied to schools. And when you explore a little deeper into the ethos, it becomes clear why its proliferation has been so vast, to the point whe…
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