Leading and managing Computing and ICT
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Shadow IT is the name given to the situation in which employees use their preferred software rather than the officially-approved software. This article is written from a business perspective, but I’ve included it here because I think it highlights many of the issues involved, and provides an interesting perspective. Much of what is said could be applied to an educational environment.
A response by Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary for England and Wales, to a question about introducing new policies prompted me to write this article about innovation.
How can you tell whether news reports of new research in ed tech are accurate? I’ve created an 8-point infographic for this, based on my own work in this area. Read on to find out more, and how you can get hold of it.
Just before Bett 2018 I invited ed tech companies to suggest what was likely to be on the horizon in 2018, and what the main challenges would be. Now that we're over three months into 2018, how are those predictions standing up to scrutiny?
Two great books are available to be won in a prize draw. Read on for details of eligibility to enter.
Do we really need to be obsessed about our social media following? Not necessarily, IMHO.
If part of your job is to encourage other teachers to use technology in their lessons, this article, based on my own experiences, may help.
Why attending talks can be a good way of fostering innovation, and six things to consider before you do so.
The seminar sessions at this year's London Book Fair look great. Here are three reasons I think the London Book Fair is a great event, and a link to my top 11 seminar sessions (so far).
Teachers need areas where they can work on computers quietly, efficiently and away from pupils. Here's how to go about setting one up.
Thinking of buying some software, or subscribing to an online platform of some sort? Use this handy 25 point checklist to help.
In part 5 of this series on creating a culture of innovation, we consider another aspect of delegation, and a special type of fund.
AI should be embraced, not avoided, because it has the potential to enable teachers to do their job withoiut much of the associated drudgery.
Where are you most likely to discover good practice? And how can it be spread more widely?
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
An interview with Drew Buddie, aka @digitalmaverick
Going to Bett? Here are some do's and don't's for Day 2 of the great show.
It's the first day of Bett, and here are a few new product announcements plus a few useful-looking talks.
How far are you able and willing to take a back seat, and let others take important decisions?
What's on the horizon for education technology in 2018? And what are the challenges that schools are likely to face? I invited 43 organisations to share their views. Read on for more information, and a link to the free resource that resulted from this exercise.
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.
In this, the second part of our new series on creating a culture of innovation, we look at why it's important to make professional development activities interesting, with some ideas on how to do so.
How, as leader of Computing in your school, do you create a culture of innovation, ie of trying out new things? This is what we explore in this new ten-part series.
Why create a subject library for Computing? And what should it contain?
The Royal Society recently produced its report into Computing, After the Reboot. Here are my notes and comments on that report.
UPDATED. The biggest ed tech event in the UK -- Bett -- is nearly upon us. But it's not the only conference going on that week.
Training days don't have to be dire. If you have choice in how you spend at least some of the day, here are ten suggestions, plus a link to a humorous audio recording.
A few useful articles that you may not have come across before. They cover:
- project-based learning
- teen depression and cyberbullying and
- how to reduce the possibility of having your training stolen.
I'm in the process of planning a few themed issues of my newsletter, Digital Education. Read on for the low-down.