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
Here is a brief listing of some of the topics covered in the forthcoming edition of my ezine, Digital Education.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 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
UPDATED! For one week only, my guide to getting the most out of education conferences is available for half price.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
This conference, in London in April 2019, looks at a range of issues around education technology.Read More
UPDATED! What is disconnectionism — and why might one be attracted to it?Read More
To what extent is bias in reviews unavoidable? And does it matter anyway?Read More
UPDATED What is classroom discipline? Why is it needed, especially in lessons where technology is being used? How can it be established?Read More
Here are several research reports on kids’ behaviour online.Read More
With Safer Internet Day just around the corner, the latest issue of Digital Education contains several links to resources and reports.Read More
If the ed tech in your school is horrible, and mistreated, then perhaps this article, inspired by a talk by A J Crabill, Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Education Agency, will help.Read More
The four stages of Bett, illustrated.Read More
Here are some of the photos I took at Bett 2019.Read More
(Very) quick looks
Here are a couple of the things I’ve seen at Bett so far.
Kubo: teach younger children coding by placing physical objects (“tactiles”) on to a special board, thereby making a small robot travel. You can build up surprisingly complex programs. Concrete learning definitely has a place, though you will need to be very hot on classroom management to make sure bits don’t go missing.
DF Robot: They make and sell kits for the Micro:bit and other such devices. I liked the modular aspect: you can add sensors of various kinds, and there is an add-on which gives the Micro:bit internet access. Impressive.
More news soon, probably after Bett. Look out for more product reviews, and an interview with Mitch Resnick, probably in my newsletter Digital Education in the first instance.
In the meantime, I’ve compiled a list of hints and tips for Bett, along with the seminars I find most interesting, and various organisations’ ed tech predictions for 2019. You can download the free pdf from here:
Read on for information about a free pdf guide to Bett and the Education show, and some news about a particular product.Read More
Allowing students to use their phones certainly brings with it some challenges. However, the potential benefits are great.Read More
The Education Show is going on next door to the Bett show this year, on 24th and 25th January. Here are pointers about a few of the sessions going on.Read More