LitFilmFest

Lights, camera, action! Publisher Dominic Traynor, founder of 'A Tale Unfolds', on the exciting new LitFilmFest for children

Literacy and technology have often been viewed as opposing forces. However with technology being integrated into most aspects of our lives, isn't it time to review this approach and see how digital skills and literacy can collude in the modern classroom? 

That's why A Tale Unfolds has teamed up with education not-for-profit the London Grid for Learning to organise the LitFilmFest, a national event for key stage 2 pupils aiming to boost children's enthusiasm for literacy whilst simultaneously encouraging creativity and improving digital skills. And the reward for the winners will be to see their work on the amazing IMAX screen at BFI IMAX.

Girls at screens

There are no mysteries for schools wanting trouble-free edtech, says Neil Watkins

We hear much about the “disruption” being cause by digital technologies, but this hasn’t happened as quickly in education as it has elsewhere. Those who have been institutionalised are usually the last to find out!

But schools can make digital disruption work for them and their communities. Logical strategies are essential and the first thing they should do is get their heads out of the clouds — and into the cloud.

The misconception that 'coding is boring' motivates EAK co-founder Dee Saigal

I grew up thinking that people who could speak the language of computers may as well be a different species – they probably had a completely different brain to mine. Computing couldn’t have seemed further away from the creative subjects that I loved as a child – more than that, I imagined it was something I would never be good at.

It’s not just me. For more than four decades, computer science has been taught in a way that only a small percentage of students have been inspired by.

Edgehill student

Computing's teacher recruitment crisis threatens children, schools and heritage, warns Dawn Hewitson

This year we are about to embark on the fourth year of transition to the computing curriculum with its strong focus on computer science. With widely available continuing professional development (CPD), and Computing at School hubs throughout England to support teachers with the acquisition of subject knowledge, coupled with a generous bursary, you would think that this creates an environment for the profession to flourish.

However, applications for computer science teacher training are down by nearly 60 per cent.

YMCA report

Rob May, YMCA director of awards, says it's time for exam boards to take the lead with e-assessment

Did you know that YMCA Awards is one of the most innovative exam boards for e-assessment? It's pioneering work with health and fitness qualifications has won recognition for the way it has moved assessment forward with the integration of online learning.

But it recognises that one exam board alone cannot make the difference needed in education, and this week it released its new report, Making digital learning work for the leisure sector to spread its message. YMCA director of awards, Rob May, explains here why it's time for all examiners to step forward into the digital world to make assessment more appropriate for learners.