Schools reform minister Nick Gibb MP awaits the digital revolution. In the meantime? Use textbooks
Nick Gibb MP was the keynote speaker at the "Delivering Quality in Changing Times" conference last week, organised by the Publishers Association (PA) and the British Educational Resources Association (Besa). But those who had paid to attend were astonished to read his speech splashed across the media before they even arrived at the venue.
Headlines like “Schools told: reintroduce traditional textbooks in lessons” and “Schools need textbooks not worksheets” trumpeted the minister's agenda – transforming learning with textbooks.Read more...
Cheap and extremely cheerful, the Linx 8 tablet has a key advantage – Office 365
There's nothing startling about cheap digital tablets any more. But the Linx 8 is a breakthrough for those who want to use Windows.
At just £83.32 ex VAT it comes with Windows 8.1 (making it, effectively, a PC) and a one-year personal subscription to Office 365 which alone costs £59.99. You can even pick up cashback deals of up to £30, and there a cheaper, smaller version!Read more...
Tony Parkin visited the London Knowledge Lab to check out iWonder's interactive learning
If you have thought "iWonder what the BBC is up to with online learning" you were on the right lines! iWonder is the name of the latest online learning development at the BBC that is already showing its value to learners both in and out of school.
And iWonder was recently featured at one of the "What the Research Says" sessions organised by the London Knowledge LabRead more...
King's College London cuts hurt UK profile for ICT and SEN
The only MA course in the UK for Inclusive Education and Technology has been axed by King’s College London along with other courses in the areas of health, religious, education as well as the Foundation Degree in Education Studies.
The Foundation Degree provided a popular work-based route for teaching assistants to gain a degree through a mixture of day release and work-based study. And many of those who completed the three-year course have been special needs support staff.Read more...
Primaries get rich science CPD from Imperial College and Tigtag - and it's free
Thinking like a scientist is a valuable skill. But according to a 2013 National Science Learning Centre report, only 5 per cent of primary school teachers have a science degree, and teachers themselves say that their confidence to give inspiring science lessons only rises when they have access to appropriate training, guidance and resources.
That's why Imperial College London and Tigtag, the online science resource, have collaborated to give every teacher free access to an exciting new training resource called Reach Out CPD. And some of its inspirational sources, including Professor Robert Winston, can also be seen at Imperial's World Teach In 2014 (see "Formulas for success at World Teach In 2014").Read more...
Special schools and parents have an exciting new free magazine with a world view
Special schools and all who work with them get a brand new glossy and interactive publication of their own to download today (September 22), headed by the most experienced UK editor working in UK SEN and inclusion, Mick Archer. And it's free.
The lively first issue of Special World goes out to an already impressive existing circulation of 125,000 people across more than 100 countries, created from the database of its publisher, Inclusive Technology.Read more...
Despite dire predictions, touch-typing is still an asset for those fortunate to aquire it, writes Gerald Haigh
In about 1983, when computers were starting to arrive in schools, I asked our county IT adviser about teaching children to touch-type. He waved the idea away, telling me confidently that the qwerty keyboard was on its way out – it was old technology, a hangover from the days of black Remington typewriters. It was already being replaced by more efficient input devices. (He mentioned Quinkeys for example. Remember them?)
The adviser underestimated, as so many have done across generations, the sheer resilience of a system that, despite its drawbacks, works reliably and, more important, is supported by a massive and ultimately immoveable investment of skill and global acceptance.Read more...
Dave Smith asks why so many educators are prone to edutech knee-jerk when they have many options
Why do people working with educational technology suddenly get taken with an “either or” mentality? Why would schools that were ‘given’ interactive boards (IWBs) think that the current choice they were facing was between IWBs or ripping them out to be replaced by sets of tablets like iPads linked to flat-screen TVs via Apple TV?
For many years I have helped schools that are interested in using visualisers for whole-class sharing of visual and digital resources. Now I’m suddenly coming across people who think the choice is either iPads/tablets or visualisers. Can’t the options be a little wider than that?Read more...
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