The Capita SIMS annual conference opened with a change this year – gone was the “external host”; and instead we had a welcome return for Graham Cooper – Head of Product Strategy. Grahams opening had one key message – “where SIMS is used well in schools, it has the power to make a difference to children’s’ future”. Fitting, in a time where there is so much focus on the complete journey of a child.
So, almost 6 months have passed since the release of the first version of the SIMS Teacher App – available in the first instance for Apple iOS only. All the while, the aim was to make a Teacher App for all the mobile devices – so one for devices running Android, and also one for those running the Windows App framework on Windows 8.1 onwards.
Guest Post by the education charity Shine (Support and Help in Education)
Teachers across England have great ideas every day to excite and engage their pupils. The Let Teachers SHINE competition, run by education charity SHINE (Support and Help in Education), gives ten teachers a chance to develop these ideas, offering grants of up to £15,000 for any successful submission aimed at raising the achievement of disadvantaged children. Sometimes a picture/video tells the story better – take a look at the following (2mins long)… http://www.shinetrust.org.uk/support-us/get-involved/shine-in-2-minutes/
I have been following the Teacher App (just one part of the whole SIMS App) development programme since June 2013 – as this is, in my opinion, a game changer. The aim of the first stage in the project is quite simple really, as put by Duncan Hield, Product Manager.
At the end of the first day, and over lunch – I got the chance to speak at length to Ben Jones – Product Manager for Agora, Sims Learning Gateway (SLG) and InTouch. You read that right – Ben has a challenge on his hands! Originally working on the SLG programme, Ben took over InTouch earlier in the year/end of last year – and most recently Agora. Duncan Hield now heads up the App development project – which at present, is just the Teacher App. Some of you may have seen this at the BETT Show at Excel London in January. I will come on to the App situation in the next article – to give it full justice!