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Engaging Parents – by Dr Janet Goodall

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This article was first published by the Teacher Development Trust and is reproduced by kind permission of Dr Janet Goodall and the Teacher Development Trust. The piece has been updated since it first ran.   A few years ago, I was talking to a boy in year 7. He was already in a programme to prevent... Read more »

Connected learning already a reality

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Over a family meal with friends on Saturday I talked to their 16 year old daughter who is due to start her GCSEs in 17 days (she was very specific!). She is, as many youngsters are now, under some pressure to perform well – at A or A* star level – for university places, for... Read more »

Doing IT on the cheap?

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4 Reasons why doing IT on the cheap is an error of judgement – by Terry Freedman I’ve read about schools beating the budget blues by building their own interactive whiteboards and computers. In my opinion these measures are a mistake, for the following reasons: Cheap, DIY equipment often looks cheap If one of your... Read more »

Tech on the Tyne, all mine, all mine

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The joys of ‘human scale’ edtech events Merlin John Regional edtech events have many advantages over the behemoths like London’s BETT show at ExCeL, not least of which are human scale, rich networking, easy access and atmospheric location. These are all true of the Animate 2 Educate Tech on the Tyne Conference on Friday June... Read more »

Worsening KS1 Gap

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Attainment Gap at KS1 widening and worsening for those from the poorest backgrounds. We were really saddened to see the results of the new assessments at key stage 1, published today (29th September). The gap between pupils on free school meals (FSM) and other pupils reaching the, then, expected standard (level 2b) had been closing... Read more »

New Literature Review

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On the Impact of Digital Technology on Learning and Teaching   In developing the new Digital Learning strategy for Scotland, published last week, the Scottish Government commissioned a full literature survey to explore how the use of digital technology for learning and teaching can support teachers, parents, children and young people in improving outcomes and... Read more »

Scotland leads the way

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We applaud the launch last week of the new Scottish Government strategy that aims to ensure all learners and educators are able to benefit from digital technology in their education. For some time digital technology has been embedded within Scottish education but, despite the pervasive nature of digital technology, the government in Scotland had felt... Read more »

Quality education for all

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“Grammar schools will reimpose a social divide at odds with technological advances. We need to think more radically about how to change education.” …So says Paul Mason in an excellent Opinion piece in the Guardian on Monday (8th Aug 2016) – Paul Mason opinion piece And how right he is. And the fact is that the technology... Read more »

Screen time advice

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Families and Screen Time “School holidays… a time when exhausted children (and parents) negotiate over ‘screen time’ with sometimes-fierce intensity.” This is how a great new piece of research from the London School of Economics was introduced last month. The research is excellent, well worth a read and is available here: LSE – Screen Time... Read more »

In-class time machine

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have access to a time machine? Forget all that stuff about going back and accidentally killing your grandfather and snuffing yourself out of existence, or changing the course of history by squishing a butterfly. Imagine being able to check out what Julius Caesar was doing... Read more »
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