This is a round-up of articles I've written recently. They cover a variety of topics in the ed tech sphere, not all of them on this website. Hopefully you'll find something of interest.
I half-jokingly (but only half jokingly) said to Lord Jim Knight at the EdTechX Europe conference last June that there was far too much innovation in education these days. What I was really getting at was the constant drive to 'improve' things even when they're working perfectly well.
But when you decide that innovation would be a good and healthy thing to do, then you might find this article useful:
Published on the Technology and Learning blog. Incidentally, if you would like to read an incredibly brief review of that conference, I published one in the Digital Education newsletter:
Are parents' evenings anachronistic? That's the question I asked recently in an article. Considering the fact that you can send a text message to parents telling them how their son or daughter is doing, why spend hours in a hall after school when you could be at home watching tv?
Given the extremely unlikely idea that schools will get rid of parents' evenings any time soon, I suggested ways in which they could at least be even more useful and engaging.
Here's the article:
Published on the Groupcall blog. The article also contains links to another article on parental engagement, and a free e-book on the subject. You may also find this article, written by Kieran Layer, useful too:
Finally, if you're going to email parents, it would be nice to think they will actually open them. This article contains a few ideas about how to encourage that to happen:
I think that there are three main ways of teaching kids how to program. In an article I wrote for a magazine, I explored these, drawing on my own experience and also research into teaching mathematics.
Published in Teach Secondary magazine.
Teachers using education technology -- or not
Is it really acceptable, in this day and age, for some educators who are technologically challenged to almost boast about the fact? "Me? I can't work a digital camera. I just get my 5 year old son to transfer the photos." Really? Do you get your son to read to you as well, or to count the change when you go shopping?
Grab a coffee and sit down for a rant. Mind you, it's a well-considered rant I think, so perhaps not even a rant at all, just a plea for a different approach to digital illiteracy:
Published on the ICT & Computing in Education website. On a related subject (sort of), I also wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about how to put colleagues off using any education technology in your school:
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