Are new technologies useful or merely a distraction? How do we give pupils the skills they need to navigate the world when they leave school when we’re not sure what that world will be like? What is the proper place for evidence-informed education and educational research?Read More
This book aims to solve the difficulties teachers face in accessing educational research through the approach of presenting each research study as a double-page spread.Read More
This is a very interesting, thought-provoking and readable book. I’ve only read 25% so far, but it’s looking good so far.Read More
A few initial thoughts on a book about programming and how computers work.Read More
Why do many people seem to be addicted to their smartphones? This book explains how we get drawn in to constantly checking for updates, and suggests what we might do about it.Read More
If only all terms and conditions were presented like this!Read More
Here’s a brief note about why I wrote this mini-guide, and a couple of screenshots from its pages.Read More
If you’re looking for a course in computing or a related area, and you live in England, look no further! This ebook contains over 200 entries all in one place.Read More
I recently received this massive tome, the Excel 2019 Bible. Here’s what I thought of it.Read More
I recently received this hefty volume, the Access 2019 Bible. Here’s what I thought of it.Read More
This book aims to teach you how to think like a coder, rather then merely learning how to code. How far does it succeed?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.
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
Here’s a quick look at How to think like a coder, by Jim Christian.Read More
The review in a nutshell: well-structured, well-written and informative.Read More
A short book packed with useful advice.Read More
Read this article for a review of this book — and a nice surprise!Read More
Here is a short review of this book about algorithms.Read More