Why I dread the thought of benign algorithms

Science fiction writers would have us believe that intelligent machines will either enslave us or get rid of human beings altogether. But what if they were extremely benign and protective towards us? What could possibly go wrong? This article may be used as the basis for a discussion with your pupils.

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9 questions to ask about big name speakers at education conferences

Life's too short to waste time going to the wrong conference talk. Here are 9 questions to ask to help decide whether or not to attend a talk given by a well-known speaker as opposed to an unknown teacher.

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review of the PA-BESA conference 2016

The annual conference of the Publishers' Associationand the British Educational Suppliers Association took place on November 25th in London, and had the theme of "Shifting Landscapes". Here's an overview of it, and how it related to education technology. 

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The future of the teaching profession

Why is it so hard to recruit teachers? I attended a Westminster Forum conference in the summer of 2016. This looked at the key issues of teacher shortages and professional development. This article contains my reflections on some aspects of the conference. It's not about ICT or Computing in particular, but given the acute shortage of Computing teachers it does, I think, provide some additional food for thought.

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QR Codes in the classroom: an interview with Monica Burns

Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. I interviewed her about the use of QR codes in the classroom.

To enter a prize draw to win one of two copies of her book (pictured). sign up the the free Digital Education newsletter by 7th December 2016 and read the newsletter sent out on 28th November.

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