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Parliament debates: should mental health education be compulsory in schools?
17/11/2017
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In the UK, the number of young people presenting with mental health issues is consistently high and there is always more we can do to help tackle the problem and raise its profile. That’s exactly what a petition to Parliament did recently. Entitled “Make mental health education compulsory in primary and secondary schools”, the petition gathered 103,554 signatures – exceeding the 100,000 required to qualify for the subject to be debated in Parliament, despite it being closed early because of the General Election on 8th June 2017.

Politicians thoroughly debated the topic on 6 November 2017 for ....Read more

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Making marginal gains with technology
13/11/2017
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Author:  Mark Anderson, ICT Evangelist

One of the greatest opportunities technology provides us with is the chance to do things that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. We can travel to the moon or delve deep into the inner workings of the human heart within virtual reality. We can even use virtual tape measures to measure a room in augmented reality – and then import those measurements into Computer Aided Design applications to create mock ups of room designs. IKEA now even has ....Read more

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Time-saving alternatives to traditional written feedback - The Higher Education Edition
03/11/2017
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Author: Natalie Nezhati, Educational content consultant

Seventy three percent of undergraduates told this year’s National Student Survey that they’re positive about the quality of ‘assessment and feedback’ they receive and this figure has been more or less consistent over the past three years. Yet, according to this 2015 paper from Universities UK, students would also appreciate more verbal feedback from their tutors, with regular one-to-one meetings to discuss their work.

Naturally, with larger student groups and some ....Read more

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The Big #EdTech Debate – now showing on a screen near you!
27/10/2017
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Early one grey October morning, in a secret location in the east of England, six education technology and safeguarding experts gathered in cosy surroundings for coffee and bacon sandwiches. Well, ok, not just that... Their mission? To put the world to rights on key questions such as the pros and cons of edtech in the classroom; digital citizenship; how schools choose technology – and the steps they are taking to not only safeguard their students, but how they can learn from them (yes, them!) about how they use technology now, plus what ....Read more

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Supporting Digital Citizenship Week – wherever you are
19/10/2017
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In the USA, this week is Digital Citizenship Week. But that doesn’t stop teachers in countries across the world from taking its lead and focus on helping students become the best digital citizens they can be. After all, technology is fast becoming the foundation of every area of society in the developed world, so how to be knowledgeable and responsible online is one of the best lessons we can teach.

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ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) says approaches to digital citizenship are changing ....Read more

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Time-saving alternatives to traditional written feedback - The Secondary Edition
13/10/2017
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Author: Natalie Nezhati, Educational content consultant

Ofsted’s Amanda Spielman recently announced some controversial proposals to bring the book scrutiny process online. Talking at the annual ResearchED Conference, she detailed plans for offsite inspectors to access scanned copies of student books outside of school grounds to ensure greater consistency in the judgements of their inspectors. 

Concerned this might pressurise already time-pressed teachers into ....Read more

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The USA unites for National Bullying Prevention month this October
06/10/2017
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For the past 11 years, the United States has designated October as its National Bullying Prevention month.

Originally established in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the week-long event (as it was then) set out to raise awareness of how to prevent bullying. As time went on, it became clear that, due to more and more young people speaking out about being bullied – and the increase in cyberbullying as more young people gained access to technology – there was a need to educate people about its significant and lasting effects. And so the awareness ‘week’ became ....Read more

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Time-saving alternatives to traditional written feedback - The Primary Edition
29/09/2017
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Author: Natalie Nezhati, Educational content consultant

Most teachers would agree that the least enjoyable part of the job is the endless marking but probably accept that it’s necessary for student achievement. After all, any well-informed educator will understand that high quality feedback can enhance outcomes and that regular, timely assessment is key. But this awareness can lead to excessive marking. Not to mention entire weekends lost to marking and a hanging sense of guilt when they are not marking!

Senior staff at Three Bridges Primary School ....Read more

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Safe social media use for under-13s
22/09/2017
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As device use becomes more ingrained across all areas of society, social media has become the natural way for young people to communicate. Kids of all ages love devices and social media is one of their top favourite ways to connect with their friends to chat and share pictures and videos – so they can feel included and part of the in-crowd.

But stop right there for a second. The minimum age requirements for most of the mainstream social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc.) is 13. So what’s going on? According to Ofcom’s Children and parents: media use and attitudes report [2016], 43 per cent of 8 to 11-year-olds ....Read more

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Pesky classroom management
14/09/2017
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Author: Mark Anderson, ICT Evangelist

One of the biggest barriers to the successful use of technology in education is the issue of teacher confidence. There are so many ways in which the modern classroom can make best use of technology however many teachers vote with their feet and choose not to use technology.

If Ofsted were to call and say they were going to inspect the school tomorrow would you as a classroom teacher be less or more likely to use the technology you had planned to?
 
There are lots of reasons why teachers may lack ....Read more

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