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

Neil Selwyn Raises Thoughtful Questions About Digital Technology in Education

Originally posted on Literacy Teaching and Teacher Education:
I (Clare) have found Neil Selwyn’s writing about digital technology very helpful. In my graduate course we watched a talk by Selwyn (at Monash university). My students and I discussed his perspective on the place of digital technology and the consensus was – his perspective is valuable and educators need to consider the questions he raises. His stance is so sensible and balanced because he asks us to consider issues around digital technology that are often not part of the conversation. The video is about 1 hour and it is so worth… Continue reading Neil Selwyn Raises Thoughtful Questions About Digital Technology in Education

The Future Part 7b: Is there such a thing as a Digital Native?

Originally posted on Scenes From The Battleground:
This post is the second part of a series of posts about Digital Natives which are in turn part of a series of posts about The Future. The actual arguments for the claims about Digital Natives (described in my last post) are incredibly weak and are not supported by the research evidence. There is no good reason to accept the premise of a discontinuity between the generations with regard to the use of technology. According to Kirshner et al (2013) who reviewed a number of studies of generational difference in IT use, particularly with regard to… Continue reading The Future Part 7b: Is there such a thing as a Digital Native?

Ultimate List of UK Education Blogs

Originally posted on The Echo Chamber:
I don’t know if this is of any use to anyone, but below is an attempt to compile a complete list of active UK education blogs. These should all be education blogs by people in or from the UK. I have missed out ones that are probably more to do with journalism than blogging. I have missed out ones that I knew haven’t posted for over 6 months. That said, there are no doubt still plenty of errors, so please let me know if I should be adding or removing anything. I suspect this… Continue reading Ultimate List of UK Education Blogs

I Don’t Get Digital Badges

Originally posted on User Generated Education:
Digital badges appear to becoming the next, “new” thing in education. What follows is a description of digital badges as described by Digital Media and Learning: A digital badge is an online record of achievements, the work required, and information about the organization, individual or other entity that issued the badge. Badges make the accomplishments and experiences of individuals, in online and offline spaces, visible to anyone and everyone, including potential employers, teachers, and peer communities. In addition to representing a wide range of skills, competencies, and achievements, badges can play a critical role… Continue reading I Don’t Get Digital Badges

Looking at Children Use of Technologies at Home and School

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Parents, as usual are caught in the middle. A recent article by Hannah Rosin–a Mom herself–looks into the dilemma facing parents. Called “The Touch-Screen Generation,” Rosin explores the choices that largely educated, middle and upper-middle class parents face when it comes to deciding whether their infants and toddlers should have the devices and, if so, for how long should they be swiping screens each day. (See four minute video in Rosin article). On the dilemma facing parents and how much time children should be using devices for games, talking,… Continue reading Looking at Children Use of Technologies at Home and School

Twitter as a source of Professional Development

Originally posted on Andrew Macrae: EdTech Learning Log:
I was really happy when I saw this module because I can say with hand on heart that the experiences I have had in just over a year of using Twitter have been transformational. Put simply, I am a better professional and teacher as a result of the things I have learned. If I can digress and put things into context a little. . . Last year at this time I went to a PD day to listen to Will Richardson speak. He was inspirational in so many ways – especially with… Continue reading Twitter as a source of Professional Development

iPads for Young Children in School

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Occasionally, I receive letters from parents concerned about the rollout of 1:1 iPads in their elementary school, especially for five to eight year-olds. The parents who write me may have concerns about the uses of devices in schools but, in this case, the Mom and Dad are concerned about their children and how the principal and staff are putting the 1:1 program into practice. Here is one letter I recently received and answered. I have deleted the name of the school, principal, and parents who sent me the letter.… Continue reading iPads for Young Children in School