EFF at the Education World Forum debates a crucial strategic topic – learning to grow economies
Politicians love to talk about reviving economies through education, but is anyone doing it? And if so, how?
Change pressure group Education Fast Forward (EFF) kickstarts Bett Week 2015 by bringing in experts who can answer many of those questions – including Andreas Schleicher (pictured left) and Stefan Dercon – to lead its globally accessible "Turning School Performance to Economic Success" debate at London's Education World Forum.Read more...
Surveys confirm computing problems centre on computer science
As England’s new computing curriculum moves into its second term teachers are getting more confident about teaching it, according to a new survey of teachers and students by the organisation funded by the Government to train teachers, Computing at School (CAS), and Microsoft.
This survey finds that nearly three quarters of teachers responsible for computing now feel confident and enjoy teaching it (69 per cent), a major advance on the last survey. However, a huge majority, 81 per cent, asked for “more training, development and learning materials”.Read more...
Tony Parkin appreciates Barnet schools' practical and creative approach to computing
With the emphasis on creating and making in the new computing curriculum, many schools are seeking more creative ways to adapt their teaching. Rather than settling for merely using tablet technology, there is a huge growth in interest in having pupils design apps, and even build their own or have their designs produced professionally.
Pupils from Tudor Primary School in Finchley recently took part in a special event to celebrate the official launch of their prize-winning app, Barnet Run, alongside pupils from other Barnet schools. It was held at Manorside Primary School.Read more...
The Coalition's record on ICT is dire – could it lift its game for Bett 2015?
The report from the British Educational Suppliers Association that highlighted worries about quality of broadband connections and wireless networks in schools in England (see BBC’s "Digital divide opening in UK schools report warns") will provide an important test for the Coalition Government on learning with technology.
It rests on whether education secretary and minister for women Nicky Morgan MP and minister for skills and equalities Nick Boles MP can incorporate the work of the Educational Technology Action Group (Etag) to devise a new level playing field for schools’ broadband and wireless networking. They will make announcements at the BETT Show in London (January 21-24).Read more...
The PM's National College for Digital Skills? Look behind the computing policy codes
Prime minister David Cameron's recent razzmatazz, electioneering announcement about a new National College for Digital Skills glossed over disturbing feedback on teacher readiness for the new computing curriculum and also about his new college bedfellows.
Surveys of teacher preparedness for 'computing' are consistently ringing alarm bells, and two of the people behind the NCDS – protégés of Teach First – have been involved in an unseemly dispute over the use of the preferred title, "Code College", which they "launched" earlier in 2014 even though an experienced programming expert and successful teacher educator was already running one.Read more...
Schools reform minister Nick Gibb MP awaits the digital revolution. In the meantime? Use textbooks
Nick Gibb MP was the keynote speaker at the "Delivering Quality in Changing Times" conference last week, organised by the Publishers Association (PA) and the British Educational Resources Association (Besa). But those who had paid to attend were astonished to read his speech splashed across the media before they even arrived at the venue.
Headlines like “Schools told: reintroduce traditional textbooks in lessons” and “Schools need textbooks not worksheets” trumpeted the minister's agenda – transforming learning with textbooks.Read more...
Cheap and extremely cheerful, the Linx 8 tablet has a key advantage – Office 365
There's nothing startling about cheap digital tablets any more. But the Linx 8 is a breakthrough for those who want to use Windows.
At just £83.32 ex VAT it comes with Windows 8.1 (making it, effectively, a PC) and a one-year personal subscription to Office 365 which alone costs £59.99. You can even pick up cashback deals of up to £30, and there a cheaper, smaller version!Read more...
Special schools and parents have an exciting new free magazine with a world view
Special schools and all who work with them get a brand new glossy and interactive publication of their own to download today (September 22), headed by the most experienced UK editor working in UK SEN and inclusion, Mick Archer. And it's free.
The lively first issue of Special World goes out to an already impressive existing circulation of 125,000 people across more than 100 countries, created from the database of its publisher, Inclusive Technology.Read more...
Despite dire predictions, touch-typing is still an asset for those fortunate to aquire it, writes Gerald Haigh
In about 1983, when computers were starting to arrive in schools, I asked our county IT adviser about teaching children to touch-type. He waved the idea away, telling me confidently that the qwerty keyboard was on its way out – it was old technology, a hangover from the days of black Remington typewriters. It was already being replaced by more efficient input devices. (He mentioned Quinkeys for example. Remember them?)
The adviser underestimated, as so many have done across generations, the sheer resilience of a system that, despite its drawbacks, works reliably and, more important, is supported by a massive and ultimately immoveable investment of skill and global acceptance.Read more...
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Ofsted withdraws Computing advice even though teacher confidence is low
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