Do we spoonfeed students too much? Or ask them the wrong kind of questions? Here's an interesting discussion between Kevin Hogan of Technology & Learning and Alan November.Read More
I don't need any excuse to leap into the nearestsecond-hand bookshop when I'm out and about, but if I were forced to provide one, it would be this. You occasionally come across some real gems.
My latest find is “Computers: they drive us crazy!”, by Helen Exley and Bill Stott. Having been published in 2007, this now officially counts as an ancient document. You can try purchasing a new copy from Amazon, if you're prepared to wait until the book is in stock, which could be never. Alternatively, you could pay anything from a penny to almost £800 to receive it very soon if your idea of deferred gratification is having to wait for the tea to brew.
Because of the difficulty of acquiring this book I thought more than twice about writing a review of it. So regard this as an exhortation to visit used book stores and a plea to give cartoon books like this a second glance.
It's a slim volume, consisting solely of wry comments on technology in the form of cartoons. It's thin enough to get through in a single sitting, and while the jokes won't have you visiting hospital with cracked ribs, they will probably bring a smile to your face.
These comments pertain to this particular book, of course, but I think they probably apply to many if not all such books.
Are they good value for money, these books? Strictly speaking, not really. At least, I tend not to buy such things for myself. On the other hand, as a small gift for the geek in your life, or a little extra on top of their main present from you, a book like this can be a nice touch.
Here's the link to this particular book on Amazon, just in case you can find a decently-priced used copy: Computers: They drive us crazy!
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Things may be going great, so why change them? You know the old saying: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
But there's another point of view too: who wants to become ossified? Read on for a few simple ideas to try now.Read More
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When in doubt, cut it out: 4 reasons that computing teachers should get straight to the point.Read More
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Why not try something different in your Computing lessons? Here's a short list of suggestions.Read More
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Should you start with the raw components when teaching coding, or get the kids problem-solving immediately? This article argues in favour of the latter.Read More
You don't need to spend a fortune or wait for years in order to make some big improvements in your school's Computing provision.Read More
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News about the updated ICT & Computing (etc) qualifications list, and how you can get it.Read More
Here are three thumbnail sketches of books I'm reading at the moment or have recently read. I hope it's useful.Read More
Here's an example of a computer program that prevents people buying stuff, based on their address.Read More
What are schools going to be offering their students by way of Computing options at GCSE? Here are the initial results of a survey I'm conducting.Read More
A topic to discuss with your students perhaps: the hidden bias in algorithms.Read More
VR technology has come of age (more or less) and suggests some exciting possibilities. But how will reportage be affected, and is it wholly a good thing?Read More