An open letter to my MP

(Or any MP Really) On school funding….   #weeklyblogchallenge17 There are lots of stories out there already on this subject, and there are lots of agencies that are saying the same things. Something is wrong though because the message is not getting through and these voices are being ignored. Here is mine! Schools are in the middle of a perfect storm of problems. We’ve discussed assessment, Ofsted, governors, SEND funding and all sorts before. All of this pales into insignificance though if schools are not actually open. Because this is the reality that many schools are facing – local head … Continue reading An open letter to my MP

DL Chat

Originally posted on Athrawes:
Sometimes 140 characters isn’t enough … Q1 – just how much time do your Digital Leaders spend being digital leaders? What are they expected to do in this time? This year’s group distribute and collect all equipment daily – staff book equipment via OneNote and the DLs organise the equipment accordingly. Until now the information has been on my OneNote file but I’ve just changed the system so it is on their Class OneNote and they and access info even if I am not around. They also spend several dinner times a week doing DL stuff… Continue reading DL Chat

Local Authorities: the real barrier to Assessment without Levels?

Originally posted on Ramblings of a Teacher:
I have done a lot of work all over the country for the past couple of years trying to help schools to move forward with the new curriculum, and particularly with venturing into the brave new world of life after levels. Having initially been reticent, I have been a keen advocate of schools taking control of assessment so that it matches their curriculum, and moving away from points-based systems which expect linear progress. No teacher has ever argued that a linear model makes sense; we all know that it was meaningless. In many… Continue reading Local Authorities: the real barrier to Assessment without Levels?

Digital Leaders – the difference they make

Originally posted on In The Twelve:
I accidentally stopped blogging about the school’s progress last year, which is a shame because we’ve used programming much more widely, held Raspberry Pi sessions and been invited to talk at events. I recently sent a link to somebody who was interested in Digital Leaders with a view to helping them start a group up. Turns out it was a post that was over 2 years old. With the introduction of the new DL slow-chat, I thought I’d try and explain a little more about what we have done with DLs over the last… Continue reading Digital Leaders – the difference they make

Lost in the Information Jungle

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen Unfortunately, there are many myths in the teaching and learning space that are as ill-founded as they are stubborn. In the context of the so-called iPad schools, one of these myths is that learners can identify their own learning needs and regulate their own learning processes. This “meta-myth” myth consists of several sub myths. The first sub myth is: Because all information is available on the internet, there is no need to teach it. This is what Sugata Mitra[1] states in his TED talks and what the Dutch social geographer and opinion pollster turned… Continue reading Lost in the Information Jungle

Checklist of Minimum Standards For Blogs

Originally posted on The Echo Chamber:
I’ve written advice for bloggers on my own blog: Advice For Education Bloggers Quick Tips for New Education Bloggers But here I thought I’d write something that is not so much advice for good blogging, but what I think are actually essential for having a blog that does not annoy me. Much of this is from the perspective of trying to follow blogs using a newsreader, share them in lists, and read vast numbers of them in one sitting. Obviously, others may have very different priorities, but I would recommend following these suggestions if you want… Continue reading Checklist of Minimum Standards For Blogs

Coding for Kids: The New Vocational Education

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
There is hardly any work we can do or any expenditures we can make that will yield so large a return to our industries as would come from the establishment of educational institutions which would give us skilled hands and trained minds for the conduct of our industries and our commerce Theodore Search, National Association of Manufacturers, 1898 [K]nowing something about programming makes us competitive as individuals, companies and a nation. The rest of the world is learning code. Their schools teach it, their companies are filled with employees… Continue reading Coding for Kids: The New Vocational Education