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28% of parents worry that technology in schools is leading to a decrease in attention spans
A recent survey conducted by an online label company revealed 88% of people acknowledge that technology has an overwhelmingly positive effect on students, although 28% are concerned that it could lead to a reduction in attention span.
A group of talented senior students from Abbot’s Lea School have been crowned ‘Star Bakers’ as part of its show-stopping Bake Off competition.
The -based school, which specialises in high-quality holistic education for students with autism and a range of associated learning needs, invited its Key stage four classes to bake and build bespoke gingerbread creations.
In the age of a digital world, it’s never been more important for pupils to get to grips with computing and computational thinking. As exciting as the digital world is, it can also pose a danger to those who don’t know what is safe, and what is not.
Louise Doyle, director of quality assurance experts Mesma, says that in a shifting landscape, good practices allow education decision makers to stay in control while improving quality, balance and control.
Digital Schoolhouse, delivered by Ukie, the only trade body for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry, uses play-based learning to engage the next generation of pupils and teachers with the new Computing curriculum. In September, it brought together educators, businesses, students and public sector professionals to discuss the digital skills gap.
In 2012 FUZE recognised a counterproductive gap between teaching coding in schools using visual tools like Scratch, and real world languages like Python. FUZE predicted that primary schools focusing only on early learning tools would not best prepare students for the challenges that lay ahead in secondary school. This could only lead to fewer students taking coding as a subject choice in year 9, and especially so if they were exposed to more Scratch like applications in years 7 & 8, which should be noted, is often the case.
The stress epidemic rings true all over the UK, not least for those working in the education profession, where 85% admit to experiencing stress in the workplace. While there will always be periods that are harder than others (the run up to student exams, for example) if not managed effectively, stress can lead to deteriorations in both mental and physical health amongst teachers.
Here, Gary Bryant from ITSI explains the benefits of a broad church approach to technology in the classroom and looks at some of the latest research on how we all learn, unpacking some of the most common ‘teaching myths’ that persist within the education system, while providing insight into why this may be.
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