Dave Smith asks why so many educators are prone to edutech knee-jerk when they have many options
Colwyn Bay classColwyn Bay pupils use whatever suits the learning: no 'either or'Why do people working with educational technology suddenly get taken with an “either or” mentality? Why would schools that were ‘given’ interactive boards (IWBs) think that the current choice they were facing was between IWBs or ripping them out to be replaced by sets of tablets like iPads linked to flat-screen TVs via Apple TV?

For many years I have helped schools that are interested in using visualisers for whole-class sharing of visual and digital resources. Now I’m suddenly coming across people who think the choice is either iPads/tablets or visualisers. Can’t the options be a little wider than that?

Computing starts in England's schools next term, but a Nesta/TES survey reveals the depth of disquiet
Helen GouldenNesta's Helen Houlden: 'very worrying'Critics of the new Computing curriculum are vindicated by the findings of a new YouGov survey, commissioned by Nesta and The TES, that finds that more than half of England’s teachers (60 per cent) are not confident delivering the new computing curriculum that starts this September, after the summer break.

“With the new school year just around the corner these results are very worrying,” warns Nesta executive director Helen Goulden. “The ability to make and create through technology is key to participating in and understanding the world around us, as well as an increasingly desired and required skill in the jobs market.

 The Welsh guerrilla approach to learning with slow broadband - save, save and save again

Rhian JonesRhian Jones, North Wales headteacher with a perfect viewYou could almost get distracted from work at Ysgol Tan Y Marian – the view over the Irish sea and the local coastline up to Llandudno, with marine wind turbines gently turning in the distance, is so absorbing.

But this primary school had its work cut out as it developed its own ‘guerrilla’ approach to learning with digital tools – save, save and save again – as teachers and learners adapted to the then hit-and-miss quality of local broadband services.

All change – City and Guilds boss Kirstie Donnelly lauds the positivity in FE revealed in new report
Kirstie DonnellyKirstie Donnelly: ‘a clear indication that FE is finally ready and willing to embrace technology’Are you reading this on a smartphone? An iPad or tablet? Or on a computer, prompted by a link you saw on Twitter? The fact is that digital is everywhere these days – including further education.

We’ve just released some research which clearly shows that the further education (FE) sector is finally ready and willing to embrace technology (see Technology in FE: Special Report). Of the more than 600 FE professionals asked, 80 per cent believe technology has the power to positively impact teaching and learning – a welcome response and one that I think even a year ago would have been very different.

Want to personalise your school network? Call in your student digital leaders
Whitland digital leadersWhitland digital leaders Jared Rhys (left) and Jack BrennanWhat's the most time consuming task for teachers settling into a new learning platform? Personalising it for their own department or subject. That's why the task was given to sixth-form digital leaders (pictured right) when Dyffryn Taf School, in Whitland, became a pilot school for the Welsh education network Hwb.

The number one priority for this Carmarthenshire secondary school was to use Hwb+, the private section of the network, to transform learning and teaching and to create its own support services to ensure that. So this particular task became part of the sixth-formers' own learning too as they rolled up their sleeves to delve into Sharepoint, the underlying Microsoft technology..