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  1. The Roehampton Annual Computing Education Report 2015

    This report aims to analyse the uptake of computing / computer science qualifications at GCSE and A-level by lookin...

  2. Making Change

    It’s a seemingly easy problem: how to make a certain amount of money using the smallest number of coins possible. For...

  3. Computational thinking and mathematical reasoning

    Andrew Csizmadia and I presented on Computing: the silent C in STEM at a CIDREE expert group of STEM curriculum dev...

  4. Coding across the primary curriculum

    Quite recently, we thought the future of ICT education would be one in which technology was embedded seamlessly throu...

  5. This is CS50.

    CS50 is an introductory computer science course offered at Harvard. Lots of US universities are offering ‘CS101’ intr...

  6. Lessons from abroad

    There’s a global movement to teach children to code, and through this to give them the tools for solving problems and...

  7. Revisiting agile pedagogy

    Back in 2012 I wrote and presented a bit about ‘agile pedagogy’ – the notion of applying some of ...

  8. Gender and Computing

    Our latest CAS TV programme explore some of the issues around gender and computing with Carrie Anne Philbin (Raspbe...

  9. Computers and brains

    An interesting interview with Prof Steve Furber for this week’s #CASTV programme:The focus of the discussion is on th...

  10. Snap!

    Our latest CAS TV programme features John Stout, discussing programming in Snap! (a close relation to Scratch), inc...

  11. The only way is ethics

    We need to pay more attention to ethics when we teach computing. You’d be forgiven for thinking computing in the nati...

  12. Laying the foundations for computing in the early years

    Computing co-ordinators often wonder what to encourage in the nursery or reception class. The easy answer is, ‘not co...

  13. Making the links between computing and mathematics

    There are some great ways to link computing and all the other subjects on the school curriculum, but there’s a partic...

  14. Some thoughts on pupils ‘bringing their own device’ (BYOD)

    This is prompted in part by the TES citing some data from HMI David Brown which appeared to show that 30% of secondar...

  15. #mytechstory

    Originally published as part of a series by The Tech Partnership I’m principal lecturer in computing educati...

  16. ‘This House believes 21st Century skills aren’t being taught – and they should be’

    I found myself invited to Online Educa Berlin to speak with Allan Päll against the above motion. Which we defeated!...

  17. Coding and digital skills

    Remarks for eSkills at Schools event, European Parliament, BrusselsJust over a year ago, England replaced its old ‘...

  18. That OECD computers in schools report

    There was much media fuss on Tuesday this week around the publication of the OECD’s report, Students, Computers a...

  19. Computing: one year on

    Responses to questions for a round table, reviewing the first year of the English computing curriculum for Educatio...

  20. Debugging and the growth mindset

    How good are your pupils at rising to a challenge? When they encounter something difficult, do they show grit in pers...

  21. From data to wisdom

    The text of my presentation at the Mirandanet / IFIP / IBO / ITTE policy thinktank on ‘Towards tomorrow’...

  22. Teaching computing

    The new computing programmes of study are in place and initiatives such Computing At School’s Network of Excellence, ...

  23. Integrating technology and creating the best computing curriculum

    Opening remarks on the above for a BETT Futures panel.Hmm… ‘integrating technology and creating the best computing ...

  24. Papert, turtles and creativity

    Computer science as an entitlement for all as part of the national curriculum is undoubtedly an achievement of which ...

  25. Computing: Supporting effective teaching

    Now that the new computing curriculum is in place and we’ve a fairly clear idea about what we should be teach...

  26. The new computing curriculum – a global perspective

    Nick Gibb, the minister for school reform, describes the new curriculum as one that will make England’s education sys...

  27. Computing and social mobility

    My remarks at a Teach First dinner hosted by Google, 25 November 2014I don’t normally do much by way of autobiograp...

  28. Software engineering in schools

    There’s much more to software development than coding: the process of developing software has much in common with oth...

  29. Making computing more inclusive

    This September saw the introduction of a new National Curriculum for local authority supported schools. Perhaps one o...

  30. Open Badges and Primary Computing

    Rising Stars have been working with Makewav.es to develop a set of digital badges to support assessment for the prima...

  31. Creativity in the new computing curriculum

    Whilst it’s easy to focus on the ‘core knowledge’ aspects of the new National Curriculum, creativity is an important ...

  32. Ofsted and Switched on Computing

    At the launch event for the BCS Barefoot Computing project, HMI David Brown, Ofsted’s national lead for computing, ga...

  33. Resourcing primary computing

    Most folk involved in English schools will already be well aware that there are some significant changes planned fo...

  34. Advice for parents…

    With the launch of the new national curriculum, one of the big changes is the replacement of ICT (information and c...

  35. Computational thinking and creativity

    The first sentence of the new computing programme of study sets out our ambition: “A high quality computing educatio...

  36. This is for everyone

    This is for everyone - CC by Nick WebbCan anyone learn to program? I think so, and I think it’s important that those ...

  37. Assessing Computing

    When they reported on the state of ICT in 2004, 2009 and again in 2011, Ofsted were unimpressed by how assessment was...

  38. Assessing attainment in computing

    Taking our inspiration from the work of the National Curriculum expert panel in relation to assessment, that “...

  39. There is more to the new computing curriculum than just coding

    It will have been hard to miss the changes afoot in the move from ICT in the old national curriculum to computing in ...

  40. Computer Science in the National Curriculum

    I’ve written an ebook, aimed at introducing a few aspects of computer science to a general education audience for Mic...

  41. Computational Thinking in Primary Schools

    The change in the primary national curriculum from ICT to Computing, which takes effect this September, is undoubtedl...

  42. Switched on Computing

    At the Education Show today I finally got my hands on printed copies of Switched on Computing, the scheme of work I’v...

  43. Text based programming in primary schools?

    Logo, Small Basic and Python are all accessible languages for the top end of primary. Good folk like Phil Bagge and D...

  44. More to computing than coding…

    My contribution to the Friday afternoon Mirandamod at BETT 2014 Learning Coding is now deemed a very important life ...

  45. Computing in the national curriculum: A guide for primary teachers

    Bearing in mind that much of the new computing programme of study expects non-specialists (and I suspect a few specia...

  46. The last few tweaks

    So here we are at last. Almost a year ago, a small group of us met in London to brainstorm ideas and consider rough ‘...

  47. Froebel and the pedagogy of computing

    Now that we’ve got the programme of study for computing sorted, and thus have at least a framework for thinking about...

  48. Changes to the computing programme of study – some thoughts

    Originally blogged for Switched on ICT (Rising Stars) As expected, the new Computing programme of stud...

  49. The Computing PoS

    Originally published in Teach PrimaryAlthough we’ve only seen a draft of the computing programme of study at the mo...

  50. Naace Conference Introduction

    The text of my welcome from the programme for the 2013 Naace Conference.It has been an interesting year for those c...

  51. Webmaking with trainee teachers

    We’ve had some content on web-development on our primary teacher training programmes at Roehampton since before my ti...

  52. The new computing curriculum – some thoughts

    I wrote recently about the new draft National Curriculum in general, which shows a quite distinct shift from skills t...

  53. Switched on Computing…

    A short summary of the change from ICT to computing at KS1-3, written for Rising Stars’ news blog, and posted...

  54. My first reactions to the new national curriculum

    Thursday saw Mr Gove publish the draft of a new National Curriculum for English schools. Not all English schools, of ...

  55. CPD through making

    I don’t think many would doubt that learning through making things, ideally for an audience of other people, is a hig...

  56. Making things in ICT at Roehampton

    So many of the conversations I’ve had with really interesting people at and around BETT have focussed on learning thr...

  57. Computer Science makes it to the EBacc

    I think there are many of us delighted by the announcement, timed to coincide with the start of BETT 2013, that compu...

  58. Adaptive Learning and Interactive Fiction

    A post prompted by a discussion on the Mirandanet discussion list asking for software suggestions for developing adap...

  59. Some thoughts on CS CPD

    I’ve been in a couple of interesting meetings this week, both with teachers’ CPD high up the agenda. This certainly s...

  60. Apps

    My article for the October edition of Teach Secondary Magazine.For as long as computers have been used in schools, ...

  61. Social networking in schools

    My article from Issue 1.3 of Teach Secondary Magazine.Teaching for learning is about meeting our students where they ...

  62. The PLN and informal CPD

    From the September edition of Teach Primary.Professional development is changing. Once upon a time, when this was c...

  63. Scratch – across the curriculum

    Despite the Coalition’s rejections of Sir Jim Rose’s proposals for the primary curriculum, an embedded approach to IC...

  64. Gamification

    From Ictopus SGP 138:The enthusiastic advocates of computer gaming in school make a number of claims for what games...

  65. Coders and CompScis

    The relationship between coding and computer scienceThe two are not, of course, unrelated. Our new found focus on the...

  66. On the purpose of education

    My contribution to this year’s Purpos/Ed #500 words project.This is something that has mattered to me for all...

  67. Creating a new ICT curriculum

    Originally published in the June 2012 edition of Teach Primary.Back in 1999 computers were very different beasts. M...

  68. The case for agile pedagogy

    My post on this from the Guardian Teacher Network Blog:Policy makers, industry and many teachers are eager that pup...

  69. Raspberry Pi interview

    An interview for RS Components DesignSpark community about computing in general and the Raspberry Pi in particular....

  70. Inaugural address…

    … as the new chair of Naace, delivered at the AGM, 10 March 12.Friends, colleagues, you do me a great honour ...

  71. Rethinking ICT

    Just a few thoughts on the way forward for ICT education in response to Chris Leach’s Rethinking ICT #ICT500 invitati...

  72. Voice recognition software and interview transcription…

    Speech recognition is something of a computing holy grail, and has been for a while now. I’m not aware of any commerc...

  73. National Curriculum Review and EYFS revisions

    One might be forgiven for thinking that the week before Christmas is a good week to bury bad news at the DfE.Monday s...

  74. The beauty and joy of computing

    Just discovered that the lectures from University of California Berkeley’s Beauty and Joy of Computing course for non...

  75. Ofsted’s latest subject survey: ICT 2008-2011

    Quite some media coverage this morning for the publication of Ofsted’s triennial survey of the state of ICT in UK sch...

  76. ‘A is for Apps’

    Long, but interesting and well-balanced piece in Friday’s Guardian about apps for pre-schoolers which may be of inter...

  77. The new Teachers’ Standards

    Yesterday the DfE published the revised version of the Teachers’ Standards (ie QTS requirements).Whilst I’m disappoin...

  78. Reinventing the primary ICT curriculum.

    Published in the July edition of Teach PrimaryComputers and the Internet have become a part of almost every aspect ...

  79. Michael Gove at the Royal Society

    A speech from the Secretary of State at the Royal Society on Wednesday gave the clearest statement yet on the Departm...

  80. Computing and Pedagogy

    The full version of a piece published in the summer edition of the Computing at School newsletter SwitchedOn:Jack L...

  81. Should ICT remain on the National Curriculum?

    I coordinated Naace’s response to the first round of the National Curriculum consultation call for evidence. The full...

  82. How open source allows schools to do more with less

    A ‘think piece’ written for a ‘hot seat’ discussion on the National College’s website...

  83. Some thoughts on BETT

    My responses to a few questions from Terry Freedman, researching a piece on BETT 2011 for the Guardian: ...

  84. Computing in School, the Naace Response

    Some fascinating conversations on Naace‘s Advisory Talk List in response to the Royal Society’s cal...

  85. Open Source Computing

    What follows are notes from a brief presentation to the Computing at School working group meeting in Cambridge this...

  86. Control technology in the foundation stage

    Originally published in Issue 2 of the Computing at School newsletter, Switched On.In the Early Years Foundation St...

  87. Programming for Androids with App Inventor

    Originally published on Open Source Schools.It’s interesting how open source approaches are gradually tipping the b...

  88. On saving money…

    Oringinally posted at MerlinJohnOnline, but comments welcome below…So far, things have not gone particularly ...

  89. Technology and the Rights of the Child

    My piece from today’s Naace newsletter.My move from teaching to teacher training has brought many interesting...

  90. Primary curriculum reform

    We live in interesting times. I have no privileged information, but have been following the primary curriculum dev...

  91. On Becta’s closure

    Originally posted at Open Source Schools. Declaration of interest: the Open Source Schools project, for which I hav...

  92. Open Source Education

    My ‘provocation paper’ for the recent Open Source Schools think tank.Open source or software freedom is...

  93. Social Constructivism and Open Source

    Last November, I had the rather strage experience of having one of my lectures filmed, the resulting programme now ha...

  94. A learning journey

    A personal reflection on my ‘learning journey’, written as an exercise for Roehampton’s PG Certif...

  95. Open Source Projects as Communities of Practice

    It was a great pleasure to attend last Tuesday’s Mirandamod to hear Etienne Wenger discussing communities of practice...

  96. Firefox is my PLE

    Moving between Windows computers in my new office and teaching rooms, my Ubuntu netbook and my MacBook Pro, I find my...

  97. TES on 10,000 new undergraduate places in Stem subjects

    An article in today’s TES about ways in which schools might encourage more pupils to take up places in science, techn...

  98. Meaningful Learning and ICT

    Some notes written as introductory material to this year’s primary PGCE courseWhat is meaningful learning? It...

  99. Michael Kölling on Greenfoot

    Originally published at http://opensourceschools.org.uk/michael-k-lling-greenfoot.htmlIt’s great to see Open Source...

  100. The BCS Response to the Rose Recommendations

    The BCS have published their response to the Rose review recommendations, which I was pleased to have contributed to:...

  101. Schooltool 1.0 released

    From http://opensourceschools.org.uk/schooltool-v10-released.htmlThose who’ve been following the recent Open Source...

  102. Sugar on a stick

    Sugar, the operating system and GUI for OLPC‘s truly innovative XO-1 laptops is now available, in beta at least, as a...

  103. Ofsted and Open Source

    Written for Open Source SchoolsOfsted’s report on The Importance of ICT was published over a month ago, and was met w...

  104. Why schools should use open source software

    Originally published on BBC Open Lab.Awareness of open source software amongst teachers, technical staff and students...

  105. BBC Learning – Open Lab

    BBC Learning’s Open Lab{#c7nw}, a brilliant new website for the open source development of educational resources, is ...

  106. A level playing field for open source software

    The government’s support for open source software, as outlined yesterday at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/123...

  107. Laconi.ca

    Given the increasing interest in Twitter amongst educators, and indeed the general population, it’s hardly surprising...

  108. Moodle and Open Source Security

    There was a story in Friday’s TES{#u8_7} about a number of schools’ Moodle installations being compromised, resulting...

  109. Informal learning Wordles

    My first experiments with the Wordle site were with children’s reports: these were great, would make brilliant report...

  110. My interview with Tessy Britton of Thriving

    Tessy Britton interviewed me about my own and my school’s use of social media for the thriving too blog. The original...

  111. What are your kids learning when you're not looking?

    It was an honour, once again, to be asked to present alongside Terry Freedman for the BCS Education and Training Expe...

  112. Open Source Schools Presentation at BETT

    The Open Source Schools presentation at BETT on Saturday 17th January was very well received, with good numbers joini...

  113. My first teachmeet

    It was a great joy to attend my first ever teachmeet at BETT last Friday. Ian Usher, Drew Buddie, Leon Cych and many ...

  114. Moodle and e-safety

    A couple of quotes from me in the pre-BETT Guardian. Alas, the photos they took of our pupils Moodling don’t appear t...

  115. Open Source Schools Relaunch

    After feedback from its own community, Becta and a number of other stakeholders, the AlphaPlus team behind opensource...

  116. AccessApps

    JISC’s Regional Support Centre for North and East Scotland have won this year’s Scottish Open Source Award for Educat...

  117. What are your kids learning whilst you’re not looking?

    Terry Freedman and I are presenting for the BCS at the BETT show next January, with the above title. We’re going to b...

  118. Learners and Technology: 7-11

    Terry Freedman and I are busy using google docs and skype to plot our presentation for the BCS at BETT on ‘What are t...

  119. Dynamic Geometry Software

    I have a piece in today’s TES Magazine about using dynamic geometry software for exploring symmetry on an interactive...

  120. Real time reporting

    It was a great privilege to be invited to join the head teachers of Islington’s Education Action Zone for their sixth...

  121. Be Very Afraid

    A while ago now, but I did enjoy my visit in Half Term to BAFTA for Stephen Heppell’s ‘Be Very Afraid 5’, a celebrati...

  122. The Science of Teaching

    After exploring the artistic side of teaching{#o4rm}, I suppose it’s only fair to redress the balance and look at tea...

  123. OpenSourceSchools – the inaugural meeting

    A good meeting today up in London as part of the advisory group for the opensourceschools project that alphaplus cons...

  124. AS ICT – Some thoughts

    Just back from a lovely long weekend in Wales, including a day’s training on the WJEC GCE ICT Specification that I’m ...

  125. Cloud Classification

    Interesting post from Luis Villa over on the rather wonderful Freedom to Tinker concerning cloud computing, and how i...

  126. VLE vs Informal Learning

    An interesting conversation on Ferl’s splendid VLE discussion list over the last couple of days sparked off by Leon C...

  127. Open Source Schools

    It’s nice to see opensourceschools.org.uk up and running. This is an information portal for schools, developed by alp...

  128. Personal productivity tools for teachers

    I have a piece in today’s TES Magazine exploring the use that teachers and school leaders could make of personal info...

  129. The Paperless School?

    Interesting item on the World Service news this morning about the Don Milani di Rivoli elementary school in Turin tha...

  130. Flickr and InDesign

    I find myself teaching AS ICT to a few of the senior school’s pupils this year. Quite a difference from the running t...

  131. Twitter

    Well, I know I’m really late coming to this particular party, but for the last week I’ve been spending time with Twit...

  132. EdTech 2013

    A really interesting day on Thursday as part of the ‘Expert Reference Group’ for Nottingham University’s Becta sponso...

  133. Creative Clicking

    I have an article in today’s TES Mgazine looking at open source applications that can be installed on a school webser...

  134. The Art of Teaching

    After a splendid summer holiday touring a number of north European cities, with visits to galleries, concert halls an...

  135. Curric. 08

    My speech to parents at this year’s curriculum evening, with a focus on personalised learning…Good evening ladies and...

  136. Are we ready for parents to watch our lessons by webcam?

    I was interviewed for a story in today’s TES about the future of parental access to children’s school work: Virtual ...

  137. Working progress

    I have a short article in today’s TES magazine about real time collaborative text editing Collaborative text writing...

  138. Moodle nudges forward

    Interviewed by Jack Kenny for today’s Guardian about Moodle: And Moodle has also been written by teachers, something...

  139. Bringing order to chaos

    I have an article in today’s TES Magazine about using Moodle in the Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1: … Key stage 1 t...

  140. Curric. 07

    My speech to parents at our annual Curriculum Evening…Good evening ladies and gentleman. It’s great to see so many of...

  141. Open Source Presentation Tools

    I’m struck by the extent to which PP has become synonymous with a computer based presentation these days, and have mi...

  142. Algebra on Computers

    A couple of interesting updates today from Chris Sangwin at Birmingham University.Anyone who’s ever done any maths on...

  143. Wiki man

    I was interviewed for the article on wikis in today’s TES magazine: When my pupils realised that the others could ch...

  144. BETT 07

    Nice coverage in today’s Guardian for Terry Freedman and my upcoming seminar at BETTGeorge Cole writes: One of the B...

  145. Open Source and Web 2.0

    The following was written for the new edition of Terry Freedman’s “Coming of Age: an introduction to the new World Wi...

  146. Personalisation and the BCS EdTrEP working weekend

    With one thing and another I only managed to make it up to Leamington Spa for the middle day of this year’s B...

  147. Primary Mathematics

    Here’s my autumn term report to the IMA’s Schools and Further Education committee. National Curriculum...

  148. DfES Technology Benefits Realisation Workshop

    I spent a few hours up in London on Wednesday with a number of folk from the DfES, some other ‘practitioners&...

  149. Network Manager or Learning Technologist

    Whilst I’m looking after the strategic side of ICT at whole school (ie prep and senior) level in the new job,...

  150. Curric

    This is the text for my speech (no powerpoint slides this time!) from our Curriculum Evening on Tuesday, our first of...

  151. A new job…

    So farewell, St Ives. Yesterday was technically my last day as deputy head at St Ives, and today my first as head o...

  152. Learning platform update

    Much has been written about the Blackboard VLE patent, and there’s not much I can add to this, although IR...

  153. A few knowledge management finds

    I asserted confidently in my Naace Computer Education paper (pre-print online), and subsequently in my recently com...

  154. Tablet PC stuff

    I’m rather fond of my Tecra M4 tablet, which might not have been the fastest machine around at the time, but ...

  155. Other highlights of the Salzburg trip

    The weather, it should be admitted, wasn’t as kind as we’d hoped it would be, although I’m told t...

  156. Così Fan Tutte, Salzburg

    We braved the torrential rain on Thursday 3rd August to make it to the opening night of our other production at thi...

  157. Die Zauberflöte in Salzburg

    Clare and I are in Salzburg for a holiday, and having a brilliant time of it, despite my travelling with laptop and...

  158. Moodlemoot 06 – day 2

    Not so many threaded sessions on the second day, and I only made it to one of the school strand ones, regrettably m...

  159. Moodlemoot 06 – Martin Dougiamas’ keynote

    Excellent to hear the man himself speaking in person this year, rather than via video link as at previous moots. Mart...

  160. Moodlemoot 06 – Jason Cole’s keynote

    A wide ranging and visionary keynote address from Jason Cole, one of the OU’s band of e-learning gurus and au...

  161. Mode DfES Learning Platform Wisdom

    an Usher’s Changing the Game blog reproduces in full the latest wisdom from the DfES via the Naace newsletter...

  162. Moodlemoot06 – day 1

    Sean and the team had put together an excellent programme for the moot, with most of the time sessions divided into...

  163. Moodlemoot 06 – Introduction & Niall Sclater’s Keynote

    Back home now after a couple of amazing days at the third UK MoodleMoot. This year’s moot was hosted by the O...

  164. Flossie 06 – Day 2

    Friday’s programme began with a little more insight into the work of Bolton’s TICfrom Dr Brian Iddon MP...

  165. Flossie 06 – Day 1

    I’ve spent the last couple of days up in Bolton for Schoolforge-UK‘s FLOSSIE(free, linux and open sourc...

  166. “Why minimally guided instruction does not work”

    There’s been an interesting debate on one of the moodle.org forums over the last few days provoked by Kirschn...

  167. BSF and innovation

    Following on from the innovation theme of the last couple of posts, a story in last week’s Computing caught m...

  168. Becta / Futurelab Innovation Workshop – Day 2

    Day 2 turned out to be a bit more hard work than the relatively relaxed start to the workshop, with little input fr...

  169. Becta / Futurelab Innovation Workshop – day 1

    Up in Kensington for a 24 hour Becta/Futurelab gathering exploring ways of creating a culture of innovation in the ...

  170. London Grid for Learning – the dangers of DIY

    I’m grateful to ‘Grumbledook‘ for posting to the SF-UK list a link to LGfL’s “Briefin...

  171. XChange06 – the challenge of innovation

    We returned to the innovation theme for the last session of the afternoon, chaired by Becta’s Vanessa...

  172. XChange06 – Innovation in Practice

    Stephen Roulston of C2K, the province wide managed service for IT in schools, spoke about the forthcoming r...

  173. XChange06 – Crossing the digital divides

    Powerful presentation from Valerie Thompson, executive director of the e-Learning Foundation on digital div...

  174. XChange06 – The Challenge of Change

    An all too brief session from Alan November on “The challenge of change”, that was more about posing qu...

  175. XChange 2006 – The Next Curve

    XChange06 is the second of a series of four educational ICT conferences, which are being hosted in turn by the four...

  176. blog.ac.uk: Guidelines or Tramlines – blogging safely towards digital literacy

    Peter Ford led an excellent session at yesterday’s blog.ac.uk unconference, looking to arrive at the sort of ...

  177. Becta open source seminar

    I spent yesterday at Becta’s seminar on “commercial models and issues of sustainability for open source...

  178. A day in Sussex

    A lovely day out yesterday down to a corner of Sussex we’d not visited before. We took i...

  179. School choice of learning platform

    Importantly, and with relevance to the Leicestershire business discussed below, The DfES have jus...

  180. Live blogging and art

    I’ve been following some threads from Stephen Downes and Terry Freedmanabout the efficacy of blogging during ...

  181. Leicestershire vs Moodle

    Things seem to be hotting up in the competition for the UK government’s 2008 rollout of ‘learning platf...

  182. The writing's on the wall for paper and pencil

    Interviewed by Heather McLean for today’s Guardian about blogging and wikis in primary schools: Blogging has been br...

  183. Geotagging update

    A new service for viewing Flickr’s geotagged photos launched on Thursday, at mylocalguru.com – they see...

  184. Moodle in the TES, Friday 5th May

    My article in last week’s TES Online on how we’ve used Moodle at St Ives is now online in their web archive. “The vi...

  185. Latin and Programming

    I, alas, missed out on Latin in my school days, but feel that a Basic grounding in programming was almost as good at ...

  186. Latin and programming

    I, alas, missed out on Latin in my school days, but feel that a Basic grounding in programming was almost as good at ...

  187. More fun with Flickr

    Thinking more about ways of using Flickr in the classroom, I’ve discovered the wonderful world of geotagging. Essenti...

  188. Flickr@School

    The St Ives girls are making increasing use of Flickr as a source for images for school work, which I’m delighted to ...

  189. Götterdämmerung

    Inspired by Radio 3’s Ring in a day on Easter Monday, I stayed on in town on Wednesday to see Götterdämmerung at Cove...

  190. Harnessing technology – beyond tomorrow

    NCSL asked me to run my seminar on ‘extending the school’ for Wednesday’s London conference as part of their SLICT co...

  191. Moodle concept map navigation

    I’ve been playing around with the Flash browser for Freemind maps, and I’m very impressed. Here’s an attempt at one f...

  192. Learning topology and Mirandanet

    Another inspiring meeting of the Mirandanet Inspirationalists at the IoE today. We’re working towards a set of journ...

  193. Coming of Age – an introduction to the new world wide web

    Last December, Terry Freedman (who’s on the BCS e-learning working party with me) asked me to write an article on wha...

  194. Gliffy

    Fellow Mirandanet Fellow Wilma Clark posted about Gliffy a couple of months back. I received my invitation to the bet...

  195. The potential of open source approaches for education

    Seb Bacon and Teresa Dillon have written an interesting paper on “The potential of open source approaches for educati...

  196. Pupils' home use of computers

    There’s an important and interesting piece of research by Valentine, Marsh and Pattie over on the DfES site into home...

  197. The Royal Maundy

    Along with Clare’s parents, we were fortunate enough to get tickets for yesterday’s Royal Maundy service in Guildford...

  198. Florence

    Clare and I are now back from our short break in Florence. We had a wonderful time, and whilst we did far too much to...

  199. Primary VLEs

    As part of the NAACE transformed education project, Mike Partridge and I have started to put together a spec. for a C...

  200. Top 10 Moodle Myths

    Back in October, as part of the HUGToB campaign, Josie Fraser compiled a list of the ‘Top 10 Moodle Myths‘. I’ve had ...

  201. Beethoven and Bruckner at Cadogan Hall

    Whilst up in London on Friday last, I went to hear the Philharmonia at Cadogan Hall. This was the first time I’d been...

  202. End of term

    So, farewell to the spring term. It’s always interesting seeing how the year 6s move from the exam focus in the first...

  203. Knowledge management in education and the role of VLEs

    I’ve just received my copy of NAACE’s Computer Education journal, with my paper on the above. The paper started life ...

  204. Moodle and Elgg at NCSL

    A long drive up to the National College of School Leadership‘s ‘Learning and Conference’ centre in Nottingham after s...

  205. St Ives Mootlet

    St Ives was delighted to host a mini Moodle moot last Tuesday. A number of folks had expressed an interest in visitin...

  206. Hercules

    Clare and I drove up to the Barbican last Saturday to catch William Christie and Les Arts Florissants‘ production, or...

  207. Moodle in the TES, Friday 10th March

    Last Friday’s coverage of Moodle in the Times Educational Supplement’s Online section has now hit the web archive.The...

  208. Readability

    Year 6 are just starting to work through a statistical investigation, around the idea of comparing pieces of text. We...

  209. Moodle at BETT – the video

    Just heard that the Moodle stand at BETT has been featured in the show’s official review, see http://www.frederation....

  210. The Education Show

    A good time at today’s Education Show at the NEC. The 10.00 am slot, and relatively low key publicity, meant that my ...

  211. Moodle at BETT and after

    I was very happy to play my small part in seeing Moodle represented at the BETT show last January. I see Leon Cych ha...

  212. That Guardian interview in full

    Excellent coverage of Elgg in today’s Education Guardian. I was very pleased to be able to help out with the schools’...

  213. Elgg, Moodle and now Drupal.

    A really interesting post over on Bill Fitzgerald’s blog about integration of Moodle, Elgg and Drupal. He says it bet...

  214. Excel, dice and bar charts

    Year 5 and I have been exploring ways of presenting data, which is always a topic I find something of a challenge, as...

  215. Virtual Torquay

    Alas, the notion of £560 and three days off school has meant that I’ve not been able to get to this year’s NAACE stra...

  216. Becta publish learning services framework agreement

    The full text of the framework agreement for those wishing to supply learning platforms to local authorites and RBCs ...

  217. Snow in Godalming

    Well not exactly… The Hollywood film crew were back to film a few more scenes for The Holiday, but alas the stars wer...

  218. Non-linear learning and research

    An excellent day at the IoE for a Mirandanet meeting on visual communication. The project is sponsored by Inspiration...

  219. A short history of computing

    Today I rounded off our Year 6 unit on Victorian Mathematics (which I meant to do last half term, when it was still t...

  220. Mindmapping

    A good IT lesson this morning, using FreeMind open source mind mapping software. I’ve tended to be relatively cynical...

  221. Gifted and Talented

    Someone asked me recently about what provision we make for our ‘gifted and talented’ students. I try not to worry too...

  222. Schooltool

    We had Tom Hoffman of Schooltool visiting us at school today, as part of the SchoolTool world tour – Monday, St Ives ...

  223. Half Term Culture

    A lot of the half term has been spent at the computer (surprise, surprise!), reading more of the blogosphere than I n...

  224. Primary Matters Spring 06

    As part of my ‘watching brief’ on primary matters for the IMA‘s Schools and Further Education committee, I write a te...

  225. LAMS

    I must admit, I’m not quite sure about LAMS.LAMS is an open source, web-based tool for sequencing learning activities...

  226. NAACE and transformed education

    I’m involved with NAACE’s project on transformed education, which is an attempt firstly to come up with...

  227. Futurelab – enquiring minds

    Curious how one thing leads to another! Steve Lee posted on the schoolforge list about a Nesta Futurelab / MS project...

  228. Futurelab seminar on re-thinking learning networks – part 2

    We were asked at the nesta futurelab seminar I mention below to think through a few questions. Here are my random rav...

  229. Futurelab seminar on re-thinking learning networks

    A really interesting moring with some big names from academia and central government. Tim Rudd’s thought provoking ‘p...

  230. TES Culture Vulture

    Back in January I was interviewed for the TES culture vulture column – the interview appeared in last Friday’s editio...

  231. Elgg at BETT

    I can’t believe I’ve not posted here for three months. Oops. We’re continuing to make good use of Elgg, despite some ...

  232. Images in Elgg

    I decided to encourage a bit more posting over the last week, and I’m pleased to see most have risen to the challenge...

  233. Customizing Elgg

    A few technical gliches getting the standard themes working properly in our installation, but we’re there now (Thanks...

  234. Elgg v 0.3

    Wow.Many thanks for all the work that’s gone into getting the new release up and running.I spotted the download was a...

  235. Blogging in schools

    A few elgg related things have struck me over the last week or so, so thought I’d share them here.The first was Jeff ...

  236. Our first posts

    Rushed off my feet for the last week, but I’ve been meaning to post an update on how we’ve been getting on.A few of t...

  237. Elgg – the first day

    I’m giving Elgg a try as a blogging tool for Year 6 in my school, as an alternative to our usual ‘design your website...