How can you encourage other teachers to use the ed tech facilities? You may not know this, but there is not a lot of difference between a Lee Oskar diatonic harmonica (the type used by blues and folk musicians) and a Hohner Blues Band harmonica. The Lee Oskar is said to have been engineered to give a “sharper” edge to the tone, which suits the blues sound, whereas the Marine Band, being slightly “softer”, works well for folk music too. Unless you’re a purist, there is probably not much in it. As someone once said:
“A difference is only a difference if it makes a difference.”
Good news: the prize draw for How to Think Like a Coder will be run very soon, for subscribers to the Digital Education newsletter. Here’s what you need to know.
Good news if you’re thinking about going to the TPEA conference in July.
This article summarises what I’ve learnt about the benefits of hiring outside help like an agency or a consultant, from my experience of doing so and also as (now) an ed tech consultant myself. I hope you find it useful.
If you insist on getting the kids to make or use physical computing kits/robots in the classroom, here arte 8 suggestions for making sure it’s all useful.
A lot of Virtual Reality ‘solutions’ I’ve seen are just a massive waste of time and resources.
Do you really need software and hardware manuals in school? (Spoiler alert: yes.)
Here are 4 useful bits of news. Topics covered: a forthcoming prize draw, podcast posts, a great-looking conference and my elbow.
Here is a very brief report of a conference about fake news, and an article about what the Department for Education could do to help tackle it.
UPDATED This article introduces two further articles: 10 podcasts for Computing teachers, and 10 video channels for Computing teachers.