Author Archives: norrishd833

What does ‘Windows 10 S’ mean for schools?

On May 2nd 2017, Microsoft announced the release of ‘Windows 10 S’ and with it made a clear statement of intent in the education sector. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is an irrelevant update to their operating system – it has the potential to add real value to cultures of learning in our schools.… Read More »

A (flawed?) design for a tablet impact study

In an era where schools’ investment in technology seems to be accelerating, in both scale and cost, an accompanying and understandable questioning of the evidence base for these decisions is often heard. Lots has been written about this subject (some of it by me) and debates have raged impotently across the Twitterverse. One thing we can… Read More »

How will the classroom of 2017 look?

If you are looking for a quick way to destroy your credibility and give people an additional opportunity to sneer at the depth of your ignorance, speculating on how technology may change education is probably the most effective method available to the average blogger. Still, InnovateMySchool.com have asked me to write 1000 snappy words on… Read More »

Considering the best way forward for 1-to-1 projects in 2014 – Part 2

In my first post in this series, I spent some time talking about the reasons why more and more schools are choosing tablets as the tool through which to achieve their vision of giving every student access to their own mobile computer. In summary, it’s because tablets are highly effective at enabling pupils to demonstrate… Read More »

Considering the best way forward for 1-to-1 projects in 2014

I want to consider over the course of this post and the next the reasons why schools are choosing tablets to fulfil their 1-to-1 ambitions and suggest a slight tweak on how this by-now-familiar formula might be improved. Fundamentally, the reason is easily articulated; schools want to bring the undoubted benefits of a really powerful… Read More »

It’s a MOOC Jim, but not as we know it

First things first – abject apologies for the hackneyed Star Trek-inspired title. My explanation has two parts: 1) this post is about SPOCs (tenuous, I know) and 2) I’ve been getting into The Big Bang Theory recently, having missed it first time around. Those guys love a Star Trek reference. In my last post I considered whether… Read More »

Learning to code – a student’s perspective

From September 2014 the UK’s schools will all be teaching the nation’s children how to write computer code. If the rhetoric is to be believed, within a few years this wave of computer-literate re-enforcements  will be rushed into the front line of the global technology race, shoring up the country’s position as a leading innovator.… Read More »

Why technology will never replace teachers

This blog’s title is a truism which is fairly uncontroversial, but one worth stating & thinking through if your job involves educational technology. It’s a little depressing that debate is often this polarised (with some seeing technology as a threat, not an enhancement). It’s rare that technology evangelists believe that ‘their’ methods are always, irrefutably… Read More »

Westminster Education Forum: New Technologies for Schools. 9th September 2013 (part 1)

This morning I have been attending the above event at London Bridge. Its pitch is 'the inside track' on government thinking and direction, reflected by the selection of speakers (including those from DfE and the House of Lords). Here's what I learned.   Tom Goldman, Deputy Director, Standards Division, DfE, 'Technology in England's Schools' Tom… Read More »