Education technology predictions for 2018: how are we doing so far? | Terry Freedman

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In the run-up to Bett earlier this year I invited ed tech companies to tell me what they predicted was going to be coming along, and what the challenges might be. To be specific, I asked them:What do you think will be the main things we’ll be seeing in ed tech in 2018?What do you think will be the main ed tech challenges in 2018?
I was delighted that 44 companies responded. 
Now that a quarter of the year has flown by, I thought it might be interesting to take another look at their predictions, and try to…

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5 rules for speakers | Terry Freedman

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This post has been inspired (if that is quite the word I’m looking for) by my attending a few events that were less good than they might have been had the speakers obeyed the following rules.Say your name (and website) clearly
If you don’t have slides (why not?). at least say who you are clearly. Even if it’s a niche topic, not everyone will know who you are. If someone wants to look you up afterwards to view your work or follow you on social media, please make it easy for…

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A message for subscribers to Digital Education | Terry Freedman

Dear Subscribers
I hope you have had a nice Spring break, if you had one. This is just a very quick note to say that for some of you, the status in my mailing list software is “Confirmation pending”. You will be able to check whether this is the case by seeing if you received the welcome email containing details of archives and a password. If you didn’t receive that, it means that one of the following has happened:
Scenario 1: You missed my email inviting you to re-join the Digital Education list. In that case, assuming you would like to re-subscribe, look for the email that I sent on 16th…

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5 ways to develop critical thinking in ICT and Computing | Terry Freedman

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This is an updated version of a post published in 2012.
How do you encourage pupils and students to think critically in the context of educational technology? Although we can devote a lot of time and energy to setting up the “right environment”, I can’t help thinking that really it all comes down to some pretty simple questions, and very straightforward approaches.
Suspect everyone and everything! Image (c) olarte.ollie,
First, as a general rule,…

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The relaunch of the Digital Education newsletter | Terry Freedman

Me slaving over the next issue of Digital Education

Bravery comes in many forms. My moment came a week or so ago when I decided it was time to move everyone who had subscribed to Digital Education to a new version of the newsletter. The reason was simple: under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), newsletter publishers have to prove that the people on their list really do want to hear from them.
In my case, I’ve been using a double opt-in approach ever since I started the newsletter in the year 2000. By ‘double…

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New prize draw for two thought-provoking books | Terry Freedman

Subscribe to my Digital Education ezine and enter for the next prize draw, which will be run this week.
Existing subscribers know that I frequently run prize draws and/or have special offers. Earlier this term, for example, subscribers were offered the chance to win a copy of one of the following books:
Teaching Computing in Secondary Schools, by William Lau;
Computer Science Teacher, by Beverly Clarke;
Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology: What the research says, Edited by Rosemary Luckin.
This time there will be two lucky winners. The books on offer are the following:

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Ed Tech: Look beyond the statistics | Terry Freedman


Let’s face it: most of us are fairly obsessed with how much influence we have, and tend to use social media data as a proxy for measuring it. But in this as in other cases such an approach is a very blunt instrument, for reasons I’ll explain.
Generally speaking, statistics tend to be flawed, even if they have been scrupulously arrived at. The reason, as George Orwell pointed out in one of his essays, is that they don’t tell the whole story.
Orwell gives the example of statistics concerning spending…

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