Nesta's new "Decoding Learning" may have stirred a response it wasn't looking for
"Something is going wrong.” The message from Nesta on its new report on technology in schools couldn’t be clearer.

Despite an investment of more than £1 billion on digital technology in schools “so far there has been little evidence of substantial success in improving educational outcomes”.  So has all that money been wasted? Really? And should the spending stop?

Tony Parkin rolls back the years to view social networking through a child's eyes  

Copy Cat, Role Player, Control Freak, Tribal Sharer, Identity Explorer, Confident Consumer. Aspects of children's development that any primary teacher or parent would recognise (see above), but here, as the last category suggests, it was marketing might that was exploring the impact of socialising changes on children, and the relevance of these behaviours to pre-teen social networking.

"Social networking for 6 to 11-year-olds" could suggest a dystopian future. But considering whether Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters should be “Facebook with stabilisers” to help kids deal with the challenges of social networking was only one aspect of an informative session looking at the world of primary-age children socialising online.

The first large-scale use of iPads for learning in UK schools a already a success, says report
Longfield AcademyThe adoption of iPads in UK schools gets a further boost with the publication of the new Naace report, “The iPad as a Tool for Education: A study of the introduction of iPads at Longfield Academy, Kent” by Paul Heinrich.

Its conclusion is direct and positive: "There has been a significant and very positive impact on learning and teaching which, in time, should be reflected in achievement and attainment, thanks to both pedagogical changes and new ways of learning engendered by ‘anytime anywhere’ access to information and learning tools.

Maureen McTaggart trawls the ICT 'transformation' feeback requested by Michael Gove
To take full advantage of learning opportunities offered by technology, teachers need to be more strategic, collaborative, scientific and democratic, while schools should make sure their community’s ICT knowledge is aligned, according to the Better Learning through Technology report from Naace and ALT.

The report was compiled from a three-month online discussion, sparked by education secretary Michael Gove MP's first speech on ICT at the BETT 2012 show in January. It also challenges the idea that all young people are “digital natives”.

Schools are ready to exploit the new wave of digital tablets, says new report
iPad Bett Middle EastLearners working with use iPads to interview dignitaries at BETT Middle EastThe digital tablet revolution moving from retail into corporate markets is now getting traction in UK schools too, according to new research by the British Educational Suppliers Association (Besa).

The report reckons that 6 per cent of "pupil facing computers" in UK schools will be tablets by the end of 2012 (4.5 per cent in primary, 6.9 per cent in secondary). Schools in the survey expect this figure to rise to 22 per cent by the end of 2015.