5 interesting technology sessions at the London Book Fair 2019 | Terry Freedman

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LBF2016, by Terry Freedman

There are five sessions in particular which should appeal to education technology teachers. These are:
Will books of the future edit themselves?
Creative Commons Explained.
Academic Book Week: Books and Higher Education.
Coding for Publishers.
Truth and Lies: Academic Publishing in the Era of Fake News.
There will also be book blogger awards for the second year, on the Thursday at 3:30pm, though the location…

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Most-read articles this week | Terry Freedman

Here are the most-read articles this week on the ICT & Computing in Education website.

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24 must-have features of computer labs
7 Characteristics of a good Computing Scheme of Work
Interview with Mitch Resnick
13 reasons to use educational technology in lessons
37 features of outstanding ICT and Computing lessons

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Conference: Next steps for education technology – improving educational outcomes | Terry Freedman

Conference, by Terry Freedman

There’s a good rota of speakers at this Westminster Forum Conference in April 2019, including Caroline Wright (BESA), Peter Twining (EdFutures) and Geoff Mulgan (Nesta).
Issues looked at and discussed include:
Priorities for education technology (apparently there will be a speaker from the Department for Education, which will be a pleasant surprise.
Workload.
Digital literacy — of teachers.
The future.
The full agenda is here (pdf): Agenda, and to book, go here: Book online.
Disclosure: the…

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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…

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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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