Reading efficiently is a must for teachers of Computing and information technology | Terry Freedman

There is so much to read these days, that a leisurely stroll through thousands of words is no longer feasible. At least, not if you’re going to keep on top of all the technical, legal and educational developments that emerge every day. However, simply reading quickly is not necessarily the answer either…

There is just too much to read! Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

When it comes to reading, most people approach the material in the same…

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Disconnectionism | Terry Freedman

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If you follow me on social media you may have noticed that in the last few months I’ve been conspicuous by my absence, or at least a much lesser presence.
The reason for this is that I realised, with something of a shock, that I was finding it very difficult to read. Either I’d lose concentration after about three minutes, and start checking Twitter or email, or making a list of ‘urgent’ things I had to do there and then, or I’d find myself skipping entire paragraphs and having to go…

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Have Ada Lovelace in your Computing or education technology classroom | Terry Freedman

Help to bring education technology alive by introducing a letter from Ada Lovelace to Charles Babbage.

Letter from Ada Lovelace to Charles Babbage. From the British Library. Licence: Public Domain

An education technology journey
You enter the British Library in London, go through security, climb up the steps, and then turn left. You’re now in the Treasures Gallery. Stop! Look to your right. There, separated from you by only a pane of glass,…

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Politics and education technology reviews | Terry Freedman

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Given that I don’t much like being lectured to by perfect strangers on issues such as Brexit, Trump, etc etc ad nauseum, I tend to assume that nobody wishes to be lectured by me. For this reason, I try to keep my political views to myself.
However, I do wonder how far this is actually possible, even in an article as seemingly innocuous as a book review. I’m aware, for example, of the political bias of some publications, and their reviews tend to reflect that. But it seems to me that on some…

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Discipline in the classroom: what, why and how | Terry Freedman

An orderly classroom is a happy classroom! Picture from Licence: CC0

Love, relationships and discipline in the classroom
It is at once disappointing and encouraging to discover that someone else has written a very similar article to the one you’ve been working on in silence. Disappointing because it means that as you’re not going to be first to publish, people might think you a copycat. Encouraging because it means that at least one other person shares your views and concerns. I’ve always believed that if holding…

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Digital Education Prize draw: Understanding How We Learn | Terry Freedman

Dice, by Terry Freedman

It’s a great pleasure to announce that in the next issue of my newsletter, Digital Education, I’ll be offering as a prize in a random draw a book called Understanding How We Learn (Amazon affiliate link). It’s a great book, steeped in research, geared to education (with separate sections of tips for teachers and tips for students), and generally myth-busting. I’ll be reviewing it properly in due course, but in the meantime if you’re interested in having the opportunity to win the book, sign up for…

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Interview with Mitch Resnick | Terry Freedman

Mitch Resnick at #Bett2019 — ink drawing effect. Photo by Terry Freedman

Mitch Resnick is the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. His team developed the Scratch programming application, and his latest book is Lifelong Kindergarten (Amazon affiliate link). I spoke to him at the recent Bett show in London.In a nutshell, what is the philosophy underlying your approach to how youngsters should learn, both in general and programming in…

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