Audio Network - Free music resources for schools

Audio Network, the free music download resource for schools has moved over to a new platform, making the downloading and managing of tracks simpler and more intuitive. This service has been paid for by NEN members and is FREE to all schools taking their broadband from E2BN via their local authority or directly from E2BN/Internet4schools.

The Audio Network, database includes:

  • Ability to access the resource via your school network (if you are a NEN school)
  • A very wide selection of professionally recorded music
  • Improved interface and facilities
  • Updated with 10,000 new audio files taking the total to 60,000

You and your pupils can use the online search to find and audition music on-site. Individual music tracks can then be downloaded to your computer, pre-cleared and ready for use in your classroom.
The NEN licence with Audio Network allows teachers and students to download any of the music files free of charge with the condition that the downloaded files must not be used for any commercial purposes.

All the music in the vast catalogue of tracks has been specially composed by Audio Network’s partner composers, performed by top musicians and recorded to exacting industry standards for media production. The music catalogue now spans music of many different styles, cultures and types, and instrumentation – just browsing through is an education in itself!

This licence is only ‘free’ to NEN connected schools. If you think you should be getting access but are receiving an error message, please contact your RBC directly.

New Tech join the micro pet challenge !

Clackclose Hundred is proud to present The Arm School Program who will be delivering activities using micro:bits where participants can design, make and program an interactive micro:pet. using the very latest technology The session will be a practical hands-on making session where participants can make as well program their product. There will be prizes for the most creative pet! So come and join us and get creative!

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CyberFirst Girls Competition - No knowledge of IT required!

This online CyberFirst Girls competition for Year 8 girls aims to provide a fun but challenging environment to encourage and inspire the next generation of young women to consider computer science as an option with a view to a future career in cybersecurity. 

Teachers of any subject can enter teams of 4 girls aged 13-14. No knowledge IT required!!!

Prizes include £1000 for your school - (Last year the winning team was invited to Buckingham Palace for tea!!)

Find out more

Enhancing educational effectiveness through IT

Calling all senior leaders and decisionmakers 

It’s a fact - you can’t run a school without good IT.  From increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of your staff to bringing new schools into MATs, IT can be an enabler or a blocker.  To find out how to make it an enabler, come to our exclusive event on the 23rd October.  With speakers from the DfE and Microsoft, MAT CEOs and schools themselves you'll get answers to the following questions - How do I:

  • Save money on my ICT?
  • Increase my staff effectiveness and efficiency?
  • Use ICT to improve CPD?
  • Transform SEN teaching and learning?
  • Get girls into technology?

 

Join us at Fujitsu HQ, Baker Street, W1U 3BW from 10:00  till 16:00 to find out

 Free entry and lunch provided 

Book your place here

Our Speakers

IT MATTERS SocialPost Speaker 1 IT MATTERS SocialPost Speaker 3
IT MATTERS SocialPost Speaker 2 IT MATTERS SocialPost Speaker 4
IT MATTERS SocialPost Speaker 6 IT MATTERS SocialPost Speaker 5

 

"Good ICT is a necessity, not a luxury"

Having renewed the E2BN IT Procurement Framework contract with Think IT, we thought we should ask Neil Watkins, Think IT Director, why he thinks ICT is so important for schools? 

Very simply, good ICT is a necessity for a school, not a luxury. You can’t run an organisation the size of a school smoothly, effectively or efficiently without it. One of the biggest challenges facing schools though is ICT skills. How can a school be an expert in Broadband connectivity, network infrastructure, cyber-security, equipment, Cloud storage, productivity tools, online safety and everything else required to keep staff and learners productive and safe? I would argue that one person, or indeed one company, can't do it all. That’s why we bring together the right expertise for each individual school, all under one simple to administer contract. Our aim is to make ICT easy for schools.

Why would an organisation choose to use Think IT?

The main benefit is that we save you time and money. You don’t have to get three quotes or go out to tender – just tell us what you want and we’ll get it for you. Buying through the framework means you’re fully compliant with DfE guidance and UK procurement law. Because we work with thousands of schools across the country, we can achieve excellent value for money.

We can also help schools identify what they need, especially if they want to transform IT across the whole estate. Our Think IT Readiness Assessment starts with a 'Visioning Workshop' to identify where the school is now and where they want to be. Every single aspect of technology within the school is considered as a whole - teaching, learning, classroom management, business support, connectivity, communication and of course safety and security. The Readiness Assessment informs the IT Strategy. If required we will project manage the entire transformation.

As I've worked with so many education organisations I'm often asked to share my experience. I’m speaking at the Academies Show in London on the 25th April; my presentation is entitled “7 ways to mess up your schools’ IT….REALLY BADLY”. Everyone has at least one story about a school who got it or 'IT' spectacularly wrong. So if any of your readers have a story they'd be happy to share, anonymised of course, please contact me.

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What are people saying?

“Since using the services of Think IT and their partners, we have seen improvements in staff productivity and collaboration, and an increased use of innovative technology to support teaching & learning.”

David French, Curriculum Manager at Beeches Primary school.

"The framework provides access to the full spectrum of educational IT suppliers without the need for mini competitions so schools can buy direct without having to get 3 quotes or go out to tender, saving both time and money."

Kirstie Phillips, ICT Traded Services Manager at Nottinghamshire County

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