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Innovative use of Anytime Learning from Steljes



2nd July 2008 – Steljes Anytime, the mobile learning solution from Steljes, is being used by London teenagers to tackle the growing problem of gun and knife crime in their community.



The first 2gether Festival will be held in London on 2nd and 3rd July and will bring together over 350 innovators from a wide range of fields to focus on how using digital technologies can generate real social benefits. This high profile event will be introduced by Martha Lane Fox and Jon Gisby, Director of New Media and Technology at Channel 4. The festival will be a rolling programme of talks, show and tells debates and interactive sessions from social leaders, technology innovators and 2gether participants throughout the two days.



Chris Nash of Steljes Anytime will co-host a presentation by one of the students of South Thames College. The presentation will focus on how young people are using mobile technology against gun and knife crime. Chris explains “Gun and knife crime is rife at the moment so when the students decided to tackle this problem with our mobile solution, Steljes Anytime, I was delighted to see such innovative use of our technology”.



The project, named LIFEWISE, involves over 200 young people from South Thames College and six secondary schools across the London Borough of Wandsworth. This is one of the first projects funded by The Mobile Learning Network (MoLeNET) and uses handheld technology, provided by Steljes - as part of its Anytime proposition – along with partners Vodafone, Wildkey and M-learning.mobi.



Students used state-of-the-art Vodafone v1615 handsets, including unlimited mobile data access and safe search capabilities together with additional software and support, to enable them work collaboratively on a range of curriculum-based projects, including finding solutions to the increasing problem of violent crime.



The result has been a theatre production, a professionally-mastered CD of music incorporating anti-violent lyrics written, mixed and produced by the students, video promos, and an action plan to tackle social cohesion problems that can contribute to violent crime.



“Handheld technology has allowed the pupils to collaborate on this project, regardless of where they are – whether in different locations or even different schools,” explains Chris Nash, Mobile Learning Consultant at Steljes. “Anytime Learning is about enhancing the learning experience by extending the school walls to wherever the pupils are and whenever the work is done. This in turn streamlines communications and allows students to share their work and ideas and to forge a more collaborative way of learning and working.”



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Facts about South Thames College:

· South Thames College is based across 5 centres, in Wandsworth, Putney, Tooting, Battersea and Roehampton.

· Over 21,000 students, school leavers, mature students and international students study at the College each year.

· There are nearly 2,000 further, higher and adult education full and part-time courses available covering academic subjects such as business and administration, computing and IT, media, film and TV, music and performing arts, construction and engineering, design and graphics, skills for life, languages, sports and recreation, hair and beauty, health and care, English, Mathematics and IT as well as degree and professional courses in business, computing, music, healthcare, media and design.

· The Music Technology and Health and Social Care departments have been awarded with the coveted Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status, and the ESOL team has been ‘Highly Commended’ with a Beacon Award and Pathfinder Status.

· The college is undergoing a £68.5 million redevelopment at the Wandsworth Campus, planned to be completed in 2009 with a separate refurbishment of the existing Grade II listed building by 2010.

· The new facilities will transform the historic site into a state-of-the-art learning centre incorporating a new Sports Hall designed to Sport England Club standards, a new 6th Form Centre Block, Fully equipped Hair and Beauty salon and more.





Facts about LIFEWISE:

· LIFEWISE is a partnership project between South Thames College, 6 Wandsworth secondary schools (Salesian, Southfields, Chestnut Grove, Ernest Bevin, John Paul II, Battersea Technology School) and the City Learning Centre

· The project involves 200 students working collaboratively to address issues relating to gun and knife crime and gang culture amongst young people in South London.

· Students participating in LIFEWISE have been involved in curriculum based projects incorporating:

o Health and Social Care – A research study focusing on the impact of gun and knife crime on the social and public services, and wider community, and action plan to tackle the problem.

o Music Media and Business Studies - a professionally mastered CD of tracks with anti-gun and knife crime lyrics and messages, along with 30 second promo videos created, edited and filmed by the students (along with accompanying DVD). Business students have researched, marketed, promoted and organises screenings of the music and video promos

o Theatre – Developing, writing and producing an educational play around the theme of gang culture and gun and knife crime. To be shown during a tour of schools, community centres, workshops and youth centres.

o Art and Design – Students competed to create and design a bespoke project logo. The winning design and project name LIFEWISE will be used to raise awareness of the issues surrounding crime and gang culture on posters, leaflets and printed materials



Mobile Learning facts:

· South Thames College secured funding from The Mobile Learning Network (MoLeNET).

· Steljes provided 200 state-of-the-art Vodafone v1615 mobile handsets and partnered with Vodafone to create a tailored mobile phone tariff, offering unlimited data, email, Internet browsing and uploading capability.

· The handsets enable learners working at different sites and within different schools to quickly and easily share work and ideas, enhancing the learning experience and streamlining communication channels.

· Learners are using the handheld devices to capture digital content, such as images, video, audio, etc.

· Students are allowed unlimited data but not voice.



About Steljes Anytime

Anytime Learning helps schools deliver successful personalised learning, harnessing technology to extend learning beyond the classroom and engage and motivate pupils. Developed by Steljes with the help of academics, teaching professionals and learners, the solution is known as Steljes Anytime.



It combines a comprehensive and evolving range of handheld devices - from Smartphones and PDAs to UMPCs - with unlimited data airtime for safe and secure mobile Internet access, educational content, support and a suite of software applications to provide genuine freedom to discover from almost any location and at any time.



Schools in Wandsworth, Wolverhampton and Kent are already using the technology to help improve learning outcomes and engage hard to reach, shy or reticent pupils.

Based in Bagshot, Surrey, Steljes Limited is a privately owned company.



For more information about Steljes please contact:

The Steljes press office

Tel: 08450 724 750

Email: media@steljes.co.uk



or

Vikki Chowney

Six Degrees Ltd

Tel: +44 (0)1628 480280

Email: vikki.chowney@sixdegreespr.com



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