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Technology and The Internet

Closing the Digital Skills Gap

How many mobile phones have you confiscated this term alone? An annual computing education report from the University of Roehampton has found that only 12% of this year’s GCSE students have opted to study Computing to GCSE level; more worryingly, only 2.7% have continued this through to A-Level. This may seem like an odd statistic when you consider the small stack of impounded phones sitting in your desk drawer. Almost all children enjoy the benefits of modern computing technology, but it seems that very few of them are actively engaging in learning how to advance computing and use it to create something...

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An Educator’s Guide to Protecting Children Online

What effect has growing up in the information age had on our students? As the digital and physical worlds collide, it’s the lives of the youngest members of our society that have been most affected. They have grown up with access to an infinitely expanding reserve of information and entertainment. It’s easy to see how the lines between the digital and real worlds can blur. However, societal change is natural; if children are sufficiently protected and guided in their use of new technologies, the digital world doesn’t have to be viewed in a negative light. As educators, one of the most important things...

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Paper vs Digital: The Unspoken Mechanics Of Paper

This is the second part of our content series on Paper vs Digital. You can read the introduction here. Before moving or adopting a digital planning solution for your school, it’s important to consider the impact this may have on your students. Even if you’ve already migrated to a digital planner, digital planners work best when paired with a paper planner, and there’s a wealth of evidence to support this. Blue light blues Advice from Public Health England suggests that children’s screen time should be kept to a minimum. In actuality, the light emitted by modern screens and devices can be detrimental to...

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The Mercurial State of Computing Education

Back in the day, I elected to study Computing (then called ICT) at AS-Level. Bright-eyed and expectant, I rolled up to my Sixth Form on the first day of term, ready to learn about programming, website design, and the mysteries of binary machine code. I had already learned to touch-type from my frantic late-night chatting sessions on MSN Messenger (an Instant Messenger application popular in the 2000s), so I felt like I had a good grounding in the subject....

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5 Ways to Support Computing in Primary Schools

When it comes to ICT academia, we're being quickly overtaken by other countries. Computers are everywhere nowadays, but less than 2% of A-Level exams sat in 2016 were for Computing. Aside from the obvious pastoral and safeguarding benefits of computing education and digital literacy, the world of work is a fast-changing landscape, and education needs to keep up with the needs of the modern workplace. To keep up with tech-savvy super-nations like India and China, we need to involve British children in computing from a primary school age to develop a genuine interest in the subject....

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