'Oversold and underused' was a wake-up call in 2003. Bob Harrison asks Larry Cuban what has changed since then
Larry CubanLarry Cuban, professor emeritus at Stanford University, has spent many years researching, thinking, reflecting and writing about the relationship between digital technology, teaching and learning and classroom practice. His book Oversold and Underused - Computers in the Classroom was, in 2003, a critical contribution to the then emerging debate about the potential impact of digital technologies  on classroom practice.

For nearly three years Larry’s blog “School reform and classroom practice” has informed the debate and challenged some of the myths which surround this issue. And while he remains a trenchant critic, he feels more positive about technology's inroads into classrooms.

Gillian Penny
Innovation carries risk and fear of failure. Gillian Penny talks to Douglas Blane

At one point in our conversation Gillian Penny mentions the support she gets from her education authority despite her maverick style. It seems an unlikely word for the creative head of Gavinburn Primary, West Dunbartonshire, a school where new technology is firmly harnessed to pupil learning.

“I think some people see me that way,” she explains. “You have to bend rules sometimes. If you do things exactly the same as everybody else you're not going to innovate, are you?” Taking risks is essential, but they have to be calculated and well controlled, she says.

Niel McleanFormer executive director at axed government ICT agency Becta Niel Mclean has taken his expertise with ICT procurement over to the private sector (he ran Becta's Home Access programme to provide families with ICT and internet connections for learning). He has joined Times Supplements Ltd as director of its TES BuyWire online procurement service.

TES BuyWire is a recent TSL development. It describes itself as an online platform that helps schools work together to "gain huge savings on the purchase of supplies, from paper to laptops, pens to minibuses".

For schools anxious about blogging, David Mitchell is a beacon for trust and creativity, writes Tony Parkin

David Mitchell”Hi, my name is Binyameen and I am an 11-year-old student attending Heathfield Community Primary School. In the next few minutes I am going to talk to you about how blogging has changed my life.”

This session opener from one of David Mitchell’s Bolton Year 6 pupils at the 2011 Bradford bMoble Conference wasn’t an exaggeratiion. Blogging has created a revolution in teaching and learning, as Binyameen continued to explain.

Renaldo Lawrence
Hugh John catches up with Renaldo Lawrence, 'the quiet revolutionary'
There was an epiphany, vividly remembered. ”I was teaching PE in Grey Coat Hospital school in London and the network manager had two screens up in one of the classrooms, with two programs running simultaneously, Microsoft Word and PhotoDraw. And he dragged a picture from PhotoDraw into Microsoft Word. It blew my mind. At this point I had no idea what a computer did. I had done nothing with technology. I could barely spell the word ‘computer’.

"And this is why I tell teachers that if I can do it, anybody can do it. Anybody. All it takes is a willingness to do it and an investment of time."