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ClickView – a classroom technology come of age?

  I’ll begin by declaring an interest – I’ve been using ClickView enthusiastically in its various guises across several schools since 2007. I’m a fan of its premise, which is to allow teachers to have instant access to video to support their lessons, without the barriers presented by VHS/ DVD players and TVs or the… Read More »

Could technology help us understand what great teaching looks like?

During a recent visit to a school and a conversation with some Year 9s about their teachers’ use of technology to help them learn, I was struck by how infrequently we truly apply technology in education to the task of improvement. None of the pupils could identify a time when technology had taken their learning… 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 »

A new breed of customer?

I’ve been in my current role for just over a year now and I still have very vivid memories of being interviewed for it by a panel of four head teachers, for an hour and a half. Head teachers are a tough crowd. Put lots of them in a room together and give them the… Read More »

Impact? What impact?

I wrote this article for the TES. They asked for 1300 polished and considered words. I added some jokes too, for free. They let a subeditor loose on it and, well, you can read the bloodied stump on their site if you want to see the damage that can be wrought by someone in possession… Read More »

What do schools need from their technology leaders?

I am often asked by schools to help in the appointment of someone to lead their technology strategy and often the most difficult part is drawing up a job description that is both ambitious and, well, fill-able. The first challenge is what to call it. Director/ Head/ Leader of… eLearning? Digital Strategy? Technology? I prefer… Read More »

Do we need new ways of measuring?

Are our current forms of measuring a person’s abilities doing the job we want them to, and might there be better ways to quantify the things about people that we actually really value? I’m going to use an anecdote to explain what I mean. Those readers with a pathological and emetic response to the word… 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 »

Creative Learning Centre at The Hastings Academy

A year ago, I left the Hastings and St Leonards Academies to join my current group of schools. One of the things I was proudest to have been involved in were the Creative Learning Centres which featured in both Academies. The concept originated with the sponsors – East Sussex County Council, BT and the University… 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 »

Democratising Da Vinci (or why technology in schools is a no-brainer for the world)

This might not seem of immediate relevance, but stick with me on this one, all will become clear hopefully. There are plenty of historical examples of people who have stood out in their time for their genius. I could cite hundreds, but as Leonardo Da Vinci seems to be current shorthand for this, I’ll use… 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 »

What does iOS 7 mean for schools using iPads?

The latest release of Apple’s operating system for its tablet and phone devices is the first one I’ve noticed considerable mention being made of education-specific enhancements. The following list of school-centric features by no means cracks the many challenges surrounding the use of fully integrated technology in the classroom, but it goes a long way,… 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 »