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Kajeet Digital Inclusion Grant 2021 Winners Announced

Kajeet UK Ltd is pleased to announce the 5 selected grant recipients of the 2021 Digital Inclusion Grant.

Grant recipients 2021 “For their dedication and ongoing work to close the digital divide within education”

The Digital Inclusion Grant promotes merit in technical education by recognising schools who are putting an extra focus on digital inclusivity projects to work towards digital equality at their schools.

Hew Rees Physics subject lead at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd commented:

“We’re delighted at YGG Llangynwyd to have been successful in winning this grant. A reliable internet connection brings our most disadvantaged learners a huge step closer to their more privileged peers.“

Broadband internet is no longer a luxury, but an essential onramp to education, jobs and access to essential services. 9% of students in the UK lack internet access at home, yet nearly all homework requires online access, and students with internet access at home are 6-8% more likely to graduate from high school.

The lockdowns during the pandemic have highlighted this issue in a much stronger light. Two of the grant winners commented on the impact the pandemic has had on their student performance.

Colin Nicholson Associate Vice Principal at Shirley High School:

“ The National Lockdowns when schools were partially closed, really highlighted the disparity between learners who had digital technology to engage with remote learning and those without. Inevitably, the Kajeet devices will enable learners to engage with both remote learning, independent learning and to demonstrate resilience. This will develop the character of the child and help them become excellent global citizens in a digital age.”

Debasis Maitra, Teacher of applied science at Capital City Academy

“I wanted to promote digital inclusivity at Capital City Academy, specifically to the students who have suffered due to school closure because of COVID-19 lockdown measures. I am really grateful to Kajeet UK for this grant as this will assist our students here at Capital City Academy with reliable Internet Connectivity which will support their Online Learning.”

Grant recipients serve as inspirational leaders within the UK educational system for their work to bridge the digital divide amongst students and level the playing field.

The winning schools will receive unlimited filtered connectivity for their students for a period of 6 months to support their work towards promoting digital inclusivity at their schools.

Comments were also made by the Kings Langley School from head teacher David Fisher

“This is going to allow our young people to continue to develop their digital competencies and to improve their lives.”

Also Michelle Gale – Health and Social Care teacher at John Leggott College commented on the grant win

“John Leggott College are thrilled to have been awarded this grant. It will help our learners engage in their education by providing free connectivity. A perfect opportunity to enhance the college’s digital inclusion strategy in the community”

Digital Signage Software TrilbyTV Announce the Launch of Three Fantastic New Features Available

Digital signage software company TrilbyTV has announced the launch of three fantastic new features. Following the launch of their “Word of the Day” feature in collaboration with Vocabulary Ninja last month, they have been working hard to bring the TrilbyTV community of schools even more ways to inspire staff and students alike. 

The new features include;

Twitter 2.0 – This feature has been popular allowing users to showcase individual Twitter feeds, while filtering via hashtags. This new release means your Twitter feed on your screens never looked so good. The screen layout now supports multiple images so if you tweet more than one image the layout automatically updates, while supporting GIFs and Videos. Hashtag support has been improved and you can now include a feed on your digital signage based on a hashtag. This is great for conference or event days, or to follow a particular trending topic.

Slideshow 3.0 – Adding a folder of images or a PowerPoint to TrilbyTV is the quickest and easiest way to update your digital signage.  Now with the new ‘Auto fill screen’ feature, your images will automatically be scaled to fill the screen. TV screens have a 16:9 aspect ratio while most digital cameras take 5:4 pictures leading to black borders at the top, bottom or sides of the screen. Auto fill screen fixes this and it’s automatic so you don’t have to tweak each image. New editing tools in Slideshow 3.0 let you manually change the framing of your image and zoom in if you want to see more detail. 

Content Catalogue -We have a collection of great resources from respected educational providers and services in the Content Catalogue. Now they are joined by five new tools that we have made to keep your screens looking amazing and up-to-date.

• Social Slide

Show your visitors your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube usernames so they can easily follow you and stay connected anywhere.

• Birthday Slide

Everyone likes to see their name on the screen and with the Birthday slide, everyone gets that annual recognition of their birthday. It’s easy to update from your school’s MIS with our CSV import feature or you can add and edit individually.

• Inspirational Quotes

A set of beautifully presented motivational, and mindful quotes which you can add to with your own.

• Notice Cards

When you need to get a quick message out to everyone you can use a Notice card and set a time and date to start and stop showing the note. Great for out of hours messages or use in the staffroom as a bulletin board.

• Staff Board 

A digital signage version of the staff photo board, which is so much easier to update with the click of a few buttons. Create one board for the whole school or separate boards for each department. Great for the reception screen to show the crucial Safeguarding leads information to visitors.

ABOUT TrilbyTV

TrilbyTV created in 2015, is the number one digital signage platform made for education. Founders Ben Stanley & Neil Emery were Technology Trainers, who were fed up of walking into reception areas and seeing TV screens switched off. After investigating further and plugging in a cable or two, they’d usually find the Christmas play pictures from five years ago. When looking into why the screens were switched off initially, there seemed to be a pattern; the software was too hard to use and had to be constantly micromanaged by the IT department. This is why they created TrilbyTV, the easy to use digital signage software that gives users ownership and control of their own content. 

The platform offers a full range of content options for digital signage including video, slideshows, Twitter feeds and web content. It also contains a content catalogue, full of education-focused ready to use content from well known and trusted organisations.

More About TrilbyTV – https://www.trilbytv.co.uk/