Festival of Computing

There's inspiration for teachers and students at the Roehampton Festival of Computing, writes Yasemin Allsop

The Roehampton Festival of Computing takes place on Friday June 17, at Froebel College in Roehampton University.

Come and join us for a day of inspirational talks, workshops and research presentations.

Writing wall, Cadoxton

With entries for its Young Designers competition, it's worth checking out Dulux's Smarter Spaces campaign 

It's true. The writing really is on the wall – literally. Using every available space and surface for learning is striking a chord with children everywhere and Dulux even has a special paint for schools to support it.

What has learning space design got to do with Dulux? Well the company is building a Smarter Spaces design campaign which has its own exciting Young Designers competition for schools (with downloadable resources, entry deadline this week, May 27). And it has the potential to spread stimulating ideas a lot further than paint!

Cameron, Cadoxton

Online literacy work amplifies what works offline – and south Wales pupils enjoyed the best of both worlds

Not content with creating world-class online creativity tools for primary children with Purple Mash, software publisher 2Simple set up an imaginative new vehicle for using this tools to maximum effect, Serial Mash.

It's a fruitful partnership with author Johnny Zucker that has created a charming series of highly engaging online books to get children reading and writing too. And its recent Serial Mash competition hooked pupils all over the world and sparked more than a quarter of a million reading activities.

Learnometers

Investment sought for device to monitor 'learning conditions' for schools

The effect poor school environments can have on children undergoing tests and examinations can be tantamount to them “trying to run 100 metres in heavy boots”, says Professor Stephen Heppell.

He has just released research feedback to back up that assertion, just as his Learnometer monitoring invention is launched for crowd-sourced investment on the Kickstarter website.

Marco de Rossi and Nicolò Ammendola

Are learning platforms moving on? 'WeSchool' reckons on a paradigm shift     

Reports of their demise have been remarkably premature. Those who denigrate VLEs (virtual learning environments), or learning platforms as they are also known, have perhaps underestimated the desire of schools, teachers and learners to have their own secure space in which to communicate, collaborate and share materials.

Now, fresh out of Italy, comes an innovative new platform, WeSchool, which aims to disrupt expectations of digital learning spaces with an inclusive pledge to integrate anything that a school or department needs.