A new guide on engaging with evidence has appeared. Here is a quick evaluation of it.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.
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
To what extent is bias in reviews unavoidable? And does it matter anyway?Read More
The review in a nutshell: well-structured, well-written and informative.Read More
Over the summer of 2018 I evaluated and compared for laptops sold by Microsoft, and tested the software that was installed on them. Here are my findings.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
Some notes about this new book, plus information about a special discount to subscribers of the Digital Education newsletter, and a great prize draw coming up.Read More
This book looks at the benefits of writing in order to reflect on and improve your practice, and suggests numerous exercises for doing so.Read More
Dinosaurs in the Wild is a fascinating virtual reality experience. Well worth going to if you can, especially if you can take some pupils with you. It’s a great educational experience.Read More
What does a book on vocabulary have to do with teaching Computing? Believe it or not, Closing the Vocabulary Gap has some useful information and insights for the ed tech teacher. Read on for the review, and how you can enter a prize draw to win a copy of the book.Read More
Thinking of buying some software, or subscribing to an online platform of some sort? Use this handy 25 point checklist to help.Read More
David J Longman reviews this new collection of essays on the theme of what the research says about using technology to enhance learning and teaching.Read More
My review of Bett 2018. covering:
- why it's useful to attend Bett, generally speaking
- the main themes going on this year
- a couple of wishes
- where I'll be writing more about the products and services I saw
You would hardly believe the ridiculous things that 'genius' men have said about women's capabilities. I can't help thinking that if Ada Lovelace had been a man we'd have had computers at least one generation before we did. Anyway, here are my views on a book that deals with the issue.Read More
A program to put Excel on steroids. Loads of utilities that can be applied straight away, no programming involved, and it's free!Read More
I always dread having to open any kind of manual. For a start, it’s against the natural order of things. (I don’t ask for directions either, even when I’m hopelessly lost.) Secondly, they usually seem to be written for people for whom they are superfluous.
Imagine, then, what a pleasant surprise it was to open this book and discover that it is not only well-structured, but an enjoyable read.
I wouldn’t say it is bedtime reading exactly (mind you, I used to read books on Excel functions and VBA before retiring for the night). However, it is very comprehensive.
For example, if you are interested in setting up your Pi to take time-lapse video, this book takes you step by step through the process.
If you’re serious about pushing your Raspberry Pi to its limits, and even if you’re already pretty familiar with what it can do, this book is a must-have for your bookshelf or workbench.
Raspberry PI User Guide (Amazon affiliate link)
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If you go to at least one conference a year, you should consider using these five apps.Read More