PowerPoint can be a very useful tool — if used with care.Read More
Over the course of a year, a school could amass hundreds of photos, videos and audio recordings. How can you store them?Read More
Spreadsheets have been dismissed by some people as boring, old hat, and about “only” office skills. Those people are wrong! In this article I look at how you can use spreadsheets to start teaching children about some programming concepts.Read More
Several years on from the removal of levels, assessment — especially in Computing and ICT — is still a hot topic.Read More
Something as simple as the printer’s paper tray being empty can cause mayhem. Here are a few suggestions for dealing with it.Read More
My initial reflections on the Department for Education’s education technology strategy which was launched today. A bit like the curate’s egg, parts of it are excellent.Read More
There are only a few days to go before the consultation on the proposed new Ofsted framework closes. Here are my comments.Read More
A new guide on engaging with evidence has appeared. Here is a quick evaluation of it.Read More
Here is a brief listing of some of the topics covered in the forthcoming edition of my ezine, Digital Education.Read More
What kind of problems might you experience with an ordinary flipchart? And are flipcharts preferable to interactive whiteboards? Plus details of how to get hold of a free guide to getting the most out of your interactive whiteboard.Read More
These books, which I received recently, look interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing them. All book links are Amazon affiliate links.
How to think like a coder was shortlisted for an educational writers’ award, which you can read about here: The 2018 Educational Writers Award. I didn’t receive this in March, but have only now started to look at it in depth. I’ve already penned a few notes about it here: Books in Brief: How to think like a coder.
Monitored, which I’ve just started reading, is an examination of big data and surveillance from a Marxist perspective. I haven’t looked at any Marxist literature for a very long time — not since I tried to read Das Kapital when I was 17 (I got as far as page 23, which was 8 pages further than one of my teachers!) — so it’s a completely new perspective for me, which makes this an interesting, if difficult, read.
It covers similar ground to other books on the same subject matter that I have to review — indeed it references some of them — but with a clearly different take on the whole thing. I have to say that from the little I’ve read so far I remain unconvinced, and happily so.
Mission Python has been sent to me by Teach Secondary magazine. As the title suggests, it’s a book that teaches you how to program in Python. All I can say about it so far is that it looks colourful, and that I’m looking forward to reading it.
If you wear several different hats, but don’t want several different email addresses, you can use different email signatures instead. But how do you do that in Gmail?Read More
If you don’t want a consultation to give you answers you won’t like, here’s what to do. And if you’re a respondent to that kind of disingenuous process, here’s how to have your say anyway.Read More
In this the first article in this series, I look at the problem of permanent markers being used on the whiteboard. Believe it or not, there is a more useful response than “Aaaaaargh!”Read More
UPDATED! For one week only, my guide to getting the most out of education conferences is available for half price.Read More
How do you turn a school around quickly without “gaming” the system? Rob Carpenter has done it, and shares his recipe for success.Read More
This is a book that dispels a few myths about how we learn, and explains why our intuition is not always our best friend.Read More
Why you should subscribe to Digital Education now!Read More
UPDATED! Here are 5 talks and one event at the London Book Fair that you may be interested in. Plus, a free personal selection from myself.Read More
Here’s a round-up of this week’s most popular articles on the ICT and Computing in Education website.Read More