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 (CoP), with particular relation to education, both in schools and, particularly, in relation to teachers’ continuing professional development. I’m sure that the…

Firefox is my PLE

Moving between Windows computers in my new office and teaching rooms, my Ubuntu netbook and my MacBook Pro, I find myself relying more and more on web-based tools, particularly google mail, calendar and docs. I also find myself valuing ever…

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, technology, engineering and maths, including comments from me and others involved with Computing at School: “With an extra 10,000 undergraduate…

Michael Kölling on Greenfoot

Originally published at http://opensourceschools.org.uk/michael-k-lling-greenfoot.html It’s great to see Open Source Schools community member Michael Kölling’s new book, an Introduction to Programming with Greenfoot published. Greenfoot is one of the new wave of graphical programming environments written with learners in mind….