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JAMES Elliman primary school in Slough has helped a new British company launch its e-learning system thanks to successful trials carried out at the school. It is one of the first schools in the country to try out the new Taecanet Springboard service for online learning.

On Thursday, 3rd November, Taecanet Ltd is holding its first open day for guests in education, politics and the media at the school in Elliman Avenue, Slough where teachers and pupils will demonstrate how Springboard helps with learning, revision and exploration in the classroom. Amongst the guests will be the Mayor of Slough, Counselor Latif Khan.

Springboard features content from the Internet gathered together by expert teachers in subjects for key stages 2 and 3, such as geography, science and history. The content is packaged into learning journeys providing teachers with a ready made, easy to use e-learning service for the classroom.

“I would encourage any school to try the service as I think it has a lot to offer for anyone involved in teaching and learning,” said Jess Behan, assistant head teacher at James Elliman School.

The service is easy to use by both teachers and pupils, building confidence and delivering results from the increased use of IT across the national curriculum. More than 2000 individual learning journeys have already been created, with online assessment, to improve the delivery of lessons, and to sharpen the knowledge of pupils in key subjects, where they can see it come to life on the Internet.

Teacher, Carolyn Schoeman recognises the benefits of preparing her pupils to use ICT in the classroom and beyond. “Springboard is very simple to use and you can mould it to do as you wish. You can then take your class in and they are up and running straight away,” she said.

Taecanet’s marketing director, David Holden knows Slough well, being a trustee of the Slough E-Learning Foundation, and a trustee of the former Education Action Zone. He is delighted that a successful Slough school will host the first open day.

“Our creation of these internet-based learning journeys has been endorsed by film producer Lord Puttnam and this has given us a lot of confidence,” said David.

“Our service is now available to schools and local education authorities to buy on subscription, and we hope that it will help change the way teachers teach and pupils learn in the future,” he added. “In particular we believe that the use of Springboard by both secondary schools and clusters of their feeder primary schools will be highly effective in helping address the widespread performance problems associated with transition from primary to secondary education.”

For further information please contact:
Nick Wood-Dow on 020 7393 7909 or mobile 07713 681322
Mary Derrane on 020 7939 7993 or mobile 07778 703375

Taecanet’s software harnesses the experience of practising teachers together with interesting educational content on the Internet, and combines them to produce learning journeys that support the school curriculum for children and teachers to follow.

By talking to and working with teachers during the past 18 months, the company has gained an insight into the concerns of many teachers in primary and secondary schools, and have built their system to help teachers prepare and deliver their daily lessons, matching exactly the need of the syllabus.

Taecanet Ltd is an innovative e-learning services company based in the UK. Its aim is to support teachers and students through the delivery of personalised learning any place, any time. It provides a fun, national curriculum based e-learning service, harnessing the richness of the Internet in a uniquely safe and controlled way.

Taecanet was established in October 2003 after a series of successful primary and secondary school trials.
Taecanet is a Limited Company (Company Number – 4933696, VAT – 821 9121 53)
The Registered Office is in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire.

The Company Business Offices are based in the new Liverpool Digital Offices in Edge Lane which is part of the John Moores University / ICDC DigitalInc facility.

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