Churchfields Olympics mascots

The Olympics are opening, but children in London and Sao Paulo couldn't wait  

The Olympics came early for pupils at Churchfields Primary School, Redbridge, and Nucleo de Convivencia Menino Jesus School in Sao Paulo and all the other schools that hooked into their pre-games celebration video-conference via the internet.

There were dignitaries, including embassy diplomats and famous paralympians Daniela Bernardes and Dani Brown (MBE), but the real stars were the children. They performed their own songs and dances for each other to make it a thoroughly entertaining and inspiring event.

Festival of Computing

There's inspiration for teachers and students at the Roehampton Festival of Computing, writes Yasemin Allsop

The Roehampton Festival of Computing takes place on Friday June 17, at Froebel College in Roehampton University.

Come and join us for a day of inspirational talks, workshops and research presentations.


Investment sought for device to monitor 'learning conditions' for schools

The effect poor school environments can have on children undergoing tests and examinations can be tantamount to them “trying to run 100 metres in heavy boots”, says Professor Stephen Heppell.

He has just released research feedback to back up that assertion, just as his Learnometer monitoring invention is launched for crowd-sourced investment on the Kickstarter website.

Writing wall, Cadoxton

With entries for its Young Designers competition, it's worth checking out Dulux's Smarter Spaces campaign 

It's true. The writing really is on the wall – literally. Using every available space and surface for learning is striking a chord with children everywhere and Dulux even has a special paint for schools to support it.

What has learning space design got to do with Dulux? Well the company is building a Smarter Spaces design campaign which has its own exciting Young Designers competition for schools (with downloadable resources, entry deadline this week, May 27). And it has the potential to spread stimulating ideas a lot further than paint!

Cameron, Cadoxton

Online literacy work amplifies what works offline – and south Wales pupils enjoyed the best of both worlds

Not content with creating world-class online creativity tools for primary children with Purple Mash, software publisher 2Simple set up an imaginative new vehicle for using this tools to maximum effect, Serial Mash.

It's a fruitful partnership with author Johnny Zucker that has created a charming series of highly engaging online books to get children reading and writing too. And its recent Serial Mash competition hooked pupils all over the world and sparked more than a quarter of a million reading activities.