From Digital Dickens to Hull rebuilt in 'Minecraft', the Being Human festival has lots to offer schools  

Pete OrfordDickens expert Dr Pete Orford at the amazing Hunterian MuseumCharles Dickens made certain The Mystery of Edwin Drood would be eternally enigmatic by dying halfway through writing it. He couldn't have known it then but he had provided the opportunity for an internet classic – crowd-sourced endings (in fact the process started with the likes of George Bernard Shaw and The Trial of John Jasper – verdict manslaughter –  way before the internet came along).

Defining Digital Dickens, led by the University of Buckingham, is a flagship event, one of more than 300 at Being Human 2015, the UK-wide celebration of the humanities by some 60 higher education institutions and cultural organisations. It's led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and the Wellcome Trust.

A century apart? The chasm between 'Flipped Learning' research and Nick Gibb's textbook campaign  

The review of research, Literature Review on Textbook Use and Links to Educational Standards (AlphaPlus), commissioned by the Publishers Association (PA) and the British Educational Suppliers Association (Besa) was pretty unequivocal: following its search for evidence linking high-quality textbooks with improved outcomes for students -- weak at best. Most effective were the interventions that change practice.

But that didn't satisfy education minister and textbook crusader Nick Gibb MP, the keynote speaker at their joint annual event, "Raising the Quality Bar".

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Core values motor Co-op's ambitious high-tech education plans
What connects a big yellow school bus, tailored apps for refugees and a big shed in Folkestone?

An innovative project, prompted by social media, to provide a pop-up Co-op school for those stranded in the Calais refugee camp, an idea which expresses the values and principles of a powerful, growing movement in state schools.

Coverage of innovative Apps for Good work with schools wins Sal McKeown top award

Freelance journalist Sal McKeown saw off competition from Fleet Street and national publications to win the prestigious CIPR Award for Outstanding Business Education Journalism at a ceremony in London last week.

Organised by the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations), the event celebrated her coverage of innovative education organisation Apps for Good for a number of publications including this one,, (see “Denbigh helps young carers for apps for good”).

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Lack of political engagement brings Etag to a DIY route to effective tech in education
When a former top civil servant describes as "appalling" the absence of the Department for Education (DfE) from a public education ICT policy event involving the work of the Educational Technology Action Group (Etag), it's worth paying attention.

And when an OECD report, which found that massive investments in ICT for school have not improved learning, with a foreword, from PISA boss Andreas Scheicher, urging: “To deliver on the promises technology holds, countries need to invest more effectively and ensure that teachers are at the forefront of designing and implementing this change”, alarm bells should be ringing for anyone involved in UK education. (Artwork, Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig,