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
I’ve started to read this book, and so far it’s very interesting. I’ll be reviewing this and several others in my newsletter, Digital Education. I’ll also be running a prize draw to win a copy of Reflective Practice. Read on for more information.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
What a fascinating idea: using drones as part of the curriculum. This book tells you much of what you need to know.Read More
I’ve just read Everyday Sexism [Amazon affiliate link] by Laura Bates. Before I go any further, I suppose I ought to explain why. What does this subject matter have to do with teaching computing and ICT?
Well, I don't think there can be any doubt about the fact that a lot of girls are put off going into computing, whether as a course in school or in their career choices. So I wondered how far the kinds of issues girls face in school, especially in subjects like computing which are seen by too many people as a male preserve, are part of a wider picture.
In many respects this book is pretty depressing. It's bad enough that grown women have to put up with unwanted attention, but children?!
I think girls and women would find the book useful, to help them realise that lots of others experience the same kind of thing. I think boys and men should read it too, to find out how it must feel to be on the receiving end of sexist comments.
One of the things that struck me was the complaint that male teachers say things like, "Come on, you don't want to be beaten by a girl do you?". I can see why girls would feel belittled by that sort of remark, even if it was intended as a lighthearted means of galvanising the boys into making a greater effort.
I remember doing the opposite: saying to the boys in my Computing class that I'd like them to be quiet and let the girls answer, as I'd rather listen to a well-thought out response than some half-baked comment shouted across the room. Was that unacceptable too, do you think?
Most of the book might be described as 'relentless': wave after wave of intrusive and even threatening comments. For me, the best chapter is the last one, because it portrays women as strong and powerful rather than as almost powerless victims.
In this context you might like to read my article, Where are the girls in ICT and Computing?
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Assessment, Book reviews, Ofsted: just three of the topics covered in the latest issue of our newsletter, Digital Education.Read More
A harrowing, but very readable, account of how public shaming affects the victims.Read More
A really engaging exploration into the development of AI and the problems it has had to grapple with.Read More
Although this book is aimed squarely at teachers in Further Education, I think it would be a useful resource for school teachers too, and even university lecturers.Read More
A well-structured book that will prove a handy reference in the secondary classroom and beyond.Read More
When it comes to writing reviews of computing and ICT books for education, I've found that a one-size fits all approach not to be very useful. Here are the 5 types of review I write, ranging from the full length, everything but the kitchen sink version, to zero words except to say "This book exists"!Read More
Micro reviews of 7 books. Inspired by a particular branch of "flash fiction", these reviews are just 6 words long! Ideal if you don't have much time to read a full length review, but would like a heads-up on what's out there. However, longer reviews are available if you prefer. Details are in the article.Read More
This book provides an interesting -- and disturbing -- perspective on the so-called sharing economy.Read More
What does it take to become an expert? And what can the Computing teacher do about it?Read More