Daniel McKeown on report that says 1 in 8 kids are upset by online experiences

More than one in eight children have been bothered or upset by online content finds a report based on EU Kids Online interviews with 23,000 young people across Europe.

According to the report, Risks and safety on the internet: the perspective of European Children, 12 per cent of children said they had been bothered or upset by experiences online – including encountering pornography, sexual or bullying messages and potentially harmful user-generated-content, such as pro-anorexia, hate or self-harm sites.

Bob Harrison and Maureen McTaggart find mobile ICT success but also fear of cuts and a policy gap

PSPs in MoLeNETExcitement tinged with sadness touched delegates at the third Mobile Learning in Further Education (MoLeNET) conference as John Stone, chief executive of the Learning and Skills Network welcomed them to the “biggest, the greatest and unfortunately probably the last MoLeNET conference”.

In case too much was read into the “probably”, he made it clear: “We can more or less promise you there is not going to be any more capital money in the foreseeable future to support initiatives of this kind, at least on this scale.

Radical learning with ICT eclipsed the conference controversy for Bob Harrison
Professor Sugata MitraWhile Donald Clark's iconoclastic prediction of “the end of the lecture” polarised the 750-odd delegates from universities and colleges around the world, it was Professor Sugata Mitra’s latest research, challenging the wisdom of “teaching”, that caught their imagination at ALT-C 2010 in Nottingham.

Titled “Into something rich and strange: Making sense of the sea-change”, this annual gathering of Higher Education’s digital thinkers (FE was almost invisible) staged the usual sharing of projects and research findings in ICT for learning. But the challenging keynotes prompted one leading academic to suggest: “I am not sure we are making sense of the sea-change or re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”

Ray BarkerThe latest British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) "ICT in UK State Schools" report reveal that schools are planning to cut an estimated £75 million from their ICT budgets by the next academic year. In 2009 schools spent £577 million on ICT products and services – a rise of £50 million on 2005 levels – and the estimated figure for 2011 is £502m.

But it is not a knee-jerk reaction to impending Government cuts according to Ray Barker, director of BESA, who says: “The BESA ICT in UK State Schools research indicates that after year-on-year increases in ICT budgets since 2001, we are now naturally experiencing a reduction in estimated ICT allocations.

Bob Harrison on a new report on one of the world's biggest handheld learning projects – MoLeNET
MoLeNET 2Eyebrows were raised when the then Learning Skills Council (LSC) announced it would make £6 million of capital funds available to English further education colleges for shared cost mobile learning projects in 2007/8 for the new MoLeNET project.

Colleges were invited to submit proposals that would assist colleges and partners in implementing mobile learning, providing staff training, building capacity and evaluating impact.