I'm currently working on the next issue of Digital Education, a free newsletter that is now in its 17th year. Some of the items it will contain (I hope) are:
- Recent reports on Computing in England, and the e-safety Green Paper consultation which comes to an end on 7th December.
- Commentary on the latest budget as far as it affects education.
- Book reviews, and a prize draw for a new book for teachers of Computing.
- A special offer from Routledge.
- A spreadsheet 'special'.
- Observations on lesson observations.
- Various other bits and bobs.
I'll be experimenting with a different format, which will make the newsletter less like War and Peace and more like Readers' Digest.
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Bob Harrison writes: “We have a computing curriculum and suite of qualifications which neither meet the needs of all pupils nor the needs of a rapidly evolving digital workplace and world.”
This book covers an immense range of the kinds of data that we ‘store’. The authors spent a year sending each other weekly, themed postcards. These contained not words, but pictorial representations of the data they had collected.
I like a challenge so I thought I’d try to create a self-marking spreadsheet in Excel. I was inspired to have a go at this by someone called Lee Rymill, who uploaded a self-marking spreadsheet to the CAS resources area. However, I wanted to take it a few steps further, using the Visual Basic for Applications programming language.
In TMIL, Holiday demonstrates how easy it is to manipulate the news. A must-read for teachers of media or digital literacy.
We should encourage pupils to write useless bits of code. Here’s why.
A girl had been made to leave her lesson, and wanted to help me teach spreadsheets. My mind said “No way”, my intuition said “Why not?”
The forthcoming edition of the Digital Education newsletter features some great links and resources. See if you can figure out what topics are covered from these illustrations!
The new edition of the Digital Education newsletter is almost ready. There are useful resources for subject leaders, research about learning programming, tons of links to resources for teaching about fake news, and lots more.
Since mentioning that I am working on a special fake news edition of Digital Education, I have come across a few more brilliant resources.
How can you tell if a video on a website is faked? How can you tell if a news outlet is being economical with the truth via misleading headlines? With around 20 links to useful resources, the next issue of the Digital Education newsletter has the answers.