Award-winning authors want schools to make maximum impact, writes Sue Murray

Education journalists John Galloway, Merlin John and Maureen picteachsecawardUMerlin John (left), Helen Mulley ('Teach Secondary') and John Galloway McTaggart were presented with the Teach Secondary, Technology and Innovation Award at BETT 2016 for their recent publication, Learning with Mobile and Handheld Technologies.

The book, which won in the ‘Best Book’ category, was commended for the support it offers teachers through the best practice use of mobile technologies, and the award was made at an informal but intimate event on the Teach Secondary stand.

Elhadj As Sy

BETT Week 2016 was on a high and climbing - and those at its heart are planning the next 

His message to the attendees from the 90 or so education ministers at the Education World Forum (EWF) in Westminster, and those participating online, was stark but positive. Those who have lost everything through their displacement by armed conflict or national disaster – now in the millions – are often left with only one thing, their learning. And it's also their most powerful tool for survival.

UN Sustainable Goals

Children want to save the world. How can schools help them? Start with EFF15
The trouble with lofty ideals is simple – putting them into practice. That's the challenge for the United Nations' new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDCs).

The subject of the previous Education Fast Forward debate (EFF14, see "57m kids out of school - join UN for EFF14 debate") they received fresh attention at last week's EFF15. "Curriculum 2030: Changing education to achieve the UN's Global Goals", is sponsored by the British Council to explore how schools can incorporate those goals into engaging learning and teaching. But is there room in the curriculum? Or have the politicians and policymakers reined in schools' freedom and creativity to do so?


Does teaching Computing make hacks like TalkTalk more or less likely? Tony Parkin visited Nesta
Hardly a day passes without another revelation of a digital security lapse, a website hacked, or personal data being exposed. The TalkTalk fiasco is dominating headlines not least because this is its third such incident, and so many could be affected – it has 4 million customers.

This was a cyber-security lapse on the part of a major digital provider, that really should know better. But what about the cybersecurity at all those essentially 'non-digital' enterprises hooking up to the web to take our details? Companies that have far less internet experience?