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A version of this article was originally published on the OU News Website on the 25th July 2018

In my previous piece (5 reasons why mobile phones should not be banned in schools) I argued that teachers should actively encourage the use of mobile phones in schools. This is not a trivial task. ...continue reading "6 tips for teachers on using mobile phones in classrooms"

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A version of this article was originally published on the Open University News website on the 25th July 2018.

There is a lot of hype around the problems caused by mobile phones in schools. ...continue reading "5 reasons why mobile phones should not be banned in schools"

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This article was originally published in The Conversation on the 4th February 2014

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Not just for games. flickingerbrad

Computing is an important subject, but it is only one of many that schools have to teach, and few would argue that it is more important than English, maths, or science. But ...continue reading "Backlash against computing curriculum misses the point"

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This article was originally published in The Conversation on the 17th July 2014

Back in January 2012, the now-departed education secretary Michael Gove said, “ICT in schools is a mess”. He went on to argue that what was needed was a rigorous computer science curriculum. Now, from September 2014, when the new national curriculum ...continue reading "Gove departs just as disaster looms for computing in schools"

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This article was originally published in The Conversation on the 4th March 2014

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We assume that digital technology can improve education and that the challenge is how to bring innovative technology and educational professionals together. But the evidence shows that ...continue reading "Is teaching still a profession?"

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This is a critical question (both in the sense of being important and in the sense of implying criticism of our current school system).

Prince Ea asks this question in a YouTube video ...continue reading "What is school for?"

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Most people would accept that our education systems need to change to reflect the world around them. However, there isn't general agreement about what those changes might look like or indeed what the purposes of education should be in the automation age.

A traditional academic approach would be to carry out research and then publish findings in a refereed journal article. I have a number of concerns about that ...

  • academic research is often dependent upon external funding - which often distorts both the research focus and approach (and at times willingness to publish findings)
  • the process of publishing academic research findings is generally slow and what gets through the review process may be distorted by views of what counts as high quality research (e.g. by the metrics used in research assessment exercises such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the UK)
  • we already have a great deal of evidence (from theory, practice and research) that is relevant to education - but much of these seems to be ignored. For example, research that I led looking at the implementation of the then government's Information Communication Technology (ICT) strategy concluded  that

...continue reading "Why halfbaked?"

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