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 secondary pupils questioned by inspectors in Section 5 inspections last March said they were able to use their…

#mytechstory

Originally published as part of a series by The Tech Partnership I’m principal lecturer in computing education in the University of Roehampton’s school of education. Most of my work involves lecturing on our initial teacher training programmes, supporting a new…

‘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! Here’s what I said. What is education for? I’d like to begin by moving back from the motion, to think…

Coding and digital skills

Remarks for eSkills at Schools event, European Parliament, Brussels Just over a year ago, England replaced its old ‘ICT’ curriculum with a curriculum for a new subject, ‘computing’ which placed far greater emphasis on computer science including ‘coding’ than we ever had…

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 and Learning: Making the Connection. As with many such stories, the headlines don’t entirely reflect the nuance of the report or the broader…

Computing: one year on

Responses to questions for a round table, reviewing the first year of the English computing curriculum for Education Technology It’s been almost one year since the computing curriculum was introduced in primary and secondary schools. Have the past 12 months…

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 persevering, or do they give up easily? Given a choice, would they choose to tackle easier or harder work? How…

From data to wisdom

The text of my presentation at the Mirandanet / IFIP / IBO / ITTE policy thinktank on ‘Towards tomorrow’s successful digital citizens’, at London Knowledge Lab, 24 February 2015. I’d like to spend my five minutes or so doing some…

Teaching computing

The new computing programmes of study are in place and initiatives such Computing At School’s Network of Excellence, Barefoot Computing and Code Club Pro have been working hard to equip primary computing teachers with the subject knowledge they need to…

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 curriculum’. It’s lovely to be part of the panel, but the title did strike me as odd. I think this is because…