Why do many people seem to be addicted to their smartphones? This book explains how we get drawn in to constantly checking for updates, and suggests what we might do about it.Read More
The headline is a bit of a misnomer: in fact, there are 7 podcasts for teachers and one for kids. But that would have made for a pretty awkward title!Read More
UPDATED Here are ten video channels of potential interest to teachers of Computing.Read More
UPDATED Here are ten podcasts that will help you understand more about computing or give you some ideas of things you can discuss in your lessonsRead More
I recently received this massive tome, the Excel 2019 Bible. Here’s what I thought of it.Read More
I recently received this hefty volume, the Access 2019 Bible. Here’s what I thought of it.Read More
This book aims to teach you how to think like a coder, rather then merely learning how to code. How far does it succeed?Read More
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