Leading and managing Computing and ICT
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Gretchen Rubin talks about four kinds of self-motivation. Might this provide a way of thinking about how to encourage colleagues to use education technology in their lessons?
A possibly cynical take on government-funded initiatives for education technology in schools.
Checklists are often really good — but sometimes they are worse than useless. In my experience, one of those times is when it comes to ensuring that colleagues teach information technology in their own subject lessons.
Learning is necessary, useful and pleasurable! Here are 14 suggestions for continuing to learn, ranging from some pretty easy almost costless ways to a major commitment. Hopefully there’s something for everyone in this article.
Gathering research findings into how beneficial education technology could be, er, beneficial. But there are caveats.
In this new series, I look at 7 mistakes I made as an ICT-Co-ordinator. This first article is more of an omission, with the benefit of 20:20 hindsight!
Even if a piece of education research is flawless (which itself is relatively unlikely), experience suggests that it's unlikely to be reported completely accurately, despite journalists' best efforts. Why does this happen?
A progress report on the three books I’m currently working on — and information about a freebie!
Computing and related qualifications: I’ve updated my spreadsheet of qualification at Key Stage 4 and 16-18. Please read on for details.
The latest issue of the free newsletter Digital Education is about to be published. It has a special focus on artificial intelligence, and there’s a chance to win a book in a prize draw. Read on for more details.
Here’s the first article in a new series about my worst training days — the ones in which I was the trainer I mean!
If you’ve just started in a new school, how can you quickly evaluate how well the education technology is being used?
The recently-published Roehampton University report on the take-up of Computing qualifications by school pupils makes for depressing reading.
Here are a few highlights from this year’s FutureFest, which takes place on 6th and 7th July. Lots of AI and ruminating about the future. Looks good.
ICT Direct specialises in refurbished equipment that cash-strapped schools should find interesting. Here are a few of their current offers.
This book looks at the benefits of writing in order to reflect on and improve your practice, and suggests numerous exercises for doing so.
Another information-packed issue of my newsletter, Digital Education, is on its way. There’s a qualifications freebie, news of some brilliant events, and a prize draw, amongst other things.
There are too many people saying teachers aren’t necessary, or that we don’t need them to have any initiative, much less knowledge. They are wrong.
I’ve created an infographic on this topic. Read on for more details.
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.
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.