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Let's Take a Bear Grylls Approach to Coding in Classrooms

Patrick Hayes | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

Computer gaming was once a very different pursuit than it is now. Going to primary school in the 1980s, I spent countless hours on a Commodore PET. Not just playing the rudimentary educational games that loaded, after an age, from cassette.

Could This Be the End of Fatalistic Classroom Psychometric Tests?

Patrick Hayes | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

My stomach churned when I heard a course leader tell an aspiring young manager in his early thirties that he should abandon any aspirations of becoming a CEO because his "type" suggested he was likely to be far better suited to being a right-hand man lending support to business leaders instead.

Could This Welsh Town Be the Next Edtech Silicon Valley?

Patrick Hayes | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

The Welsh coastal town of Fishguard in Pembrokeshire is about as far away from London's Silicon Roundabout as you can get. With the town is situated in the UK's only coastal National Park, surrounded by mountains and a picturesque shoreline with colourful fishing boats dotted along the quay.

Can We Help Children Manage Their Online Lives?

Rachel Jones | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

The survey found that amongst 13- to 18-year-olds, 96% were signed up to social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Whatsapp. This to me isn't surprising at all, although I do find the inclusion of FaceBook interesting, as in my experience, children tend not to use this platform as much as the other social media apps mentioned.

The Death of the University Lecture

James Gupta | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Gupta

Methods of studying for students have changed very little for many years - though The Internet has given us access to a wealth of unfiltered information, traditionally the university experience has revolved around sitting in lectures, sitting in the library, cramming revision in, re-writing notes and highlighting textbooks.

The Case for Ridding Schools of Technology

Rachel Jones | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

Tech can provide a huge range of opportunities for learning, I don't think you can argue against that. But I sometimes think there needs to be a little thought into what's used, how it's used, and what the outcomes are.

Is Using Google Cardboard for the Classroom Anything More Than a Gimmick?

Rachel Jones | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

There is an opportunity to broaden horizons here, but in many ways it emphasises the distance away from these magical places, rather than revealing what children would need to do to have greater social mobility and experience them in the real world.

Five Ways to Be a Better (Digital) Parent

Rachel Jones | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Jones

As more and more schools are using 1:1 devices, such as smart phones or tablets, as part of lessons, it cannot be just assumed that parents will know how to support their children in managing a healthy relationship with technology.

After Generation Y...Generation Tech

Duncan Higgins | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Duncan Higgins

How do we become adults? Is it by quietly learning, from our books, teachers and parents, until we have enough knowledge to go out into the world? Or is it by writing our own rules, taking risks and trying new ways of doing things?

Technology Opening up Access to Education

Jessica Rose | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Tech
Jessica Rose

Is there a crisis in education? Can technology help solve it? University applications by UK students have dropped by 1% according to figures release...

Educating Beta - Why Kids Need to get Behind the Apps and Learn to Code

Tamara Sword | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Tech
Tamara Sword

Children growing up today are past masters at mobile. They're weaned early onto digital, their little minds soothed, calmed and cajoled with touchscreen time. As parents, we marvel at how quickly mere babes in arms master the swipe, double tap and pinch zoom.