11 ways to deter colleagues from using education technology | Terry Freedman

You could put this up on the doors of your computer labs! Photo by Terry Freedman 2017

It can be so annoying when colleagues wish to use education technology. Here’s how to minimise the likelihood that they would want to.Make it hard to access, eg keep computer labs locked, don’t make the rooms easily bookable from anywhere, give the responsibility for equipment loans to someone who works part-time. Make the tech hard to use, eg make sure there are no instructions, manuals or quick-start guides.As an extension to the…

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Digital Education: what’s in the latest issue? | Terry Freedman

The Editor at work

My intention to cut down the length of Digital Education is starting to be honoured more in the breach than the observance. Here’s what happened in a recent editorial meeting:
Me: OK, that news item is not absolutely vital, so bin it.
Editor: Hang on, it could be of interest to some people. People like to know about the brains behind the newsletter. Well, they want to know who’s behind it anyway.
Me: It’s about High Street Kensington tube for goodness’ sake, and where I sweated over a hot text book in my…

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Books erratum | Terry Freedman

Whether this matters to anyone apart from myself is a moot point, but a few days ago I wrote an article in which I said:Managing ICT … was my first ‘proper’ published book — I’d written one for a company, and self-published a few books.
That is not what I meant at all, not least because it isn’t true! I’d also had published the books you can see in the photo, which were on the market several years before Managing ICT.
However, Managing ICT was the one that had the most impact, both for myself and the ICT Co-ordinators and Heads of ICT & Computing who bought it. (I know that because of…

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Copyright conundrum | Terry Freedman

The London Book Fair 2017

I attended the London Book Fair again today, and one of the sessions I attended was a talk (or series of talks, to be precise) under the heading ‘Copyright Under Threat?’
I’ve been aware for some time of rumblings about looking at the status of the copyright provisions for educational materials both in the UK and abroad. To summarise the situation (and in so doing to grossly oversimplify it), some people and governments think that all educational stuff should be free to use by teachers, schools,…

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Interim report on the What Works Conference | Terry Freedman

The London Book Fair 2017 Photo by Terry Freedman

I attended the What Works conference at the London Book Fair yesterday, for the first time. For a half day conference, a lot was packed in. 
The two sessions I found most useful was one on copyright issues, and one on global trends and how they might impact on education and potentially, therefore, on educational publishing.
The conference was chaired by Lis Tribe, from Hodder Education. (Lis was the person who commissioned me to write Managing ICT twenty or so years ago….

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The What Works Conference | Terry Freedman

Alongside the London Book Fair is the What Works education conference. As you may have surmised from its proximity to the LBF, it focuses on educational publishing.
The programme this year looks very interesting, with sessions on copyright, how publishers are embracing technology, the book and beyond, and other topics. 
The price includes entry to the London Book Fair itself, which is always interesting and enlightening as far as trend-spotting is concerned.
You can find the details of the conference here.


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