It’s hard not to notice the impact that technology has had on our daily lives, particularly across younger generations. Personal devices like smartphones and tablets have gone from being a luxury to a necessity — and this trend has pervaded the education sector as well.
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According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 92% of teens report using the internet on a daily basis, with 24% claiming to be online “almost constantly.” The prevalence of digital media consumption among young people can have a significant impact on their education and study habits.
In another Pew study, while nearly three-quarters of high school teachers admit that digital research tools can have a positive impact on student performance, 87% also say that digital tech has resulted in a generation of teenagers who are far more easily distracted than teens of the past.
For more than four decades, the subject of computing has only managed to inspire a small percentage of students. In September 2014, following the realisation that technology now plays a key role in everyday life at home, work and school, the national curriculum changed and required all schools to teach computing to children aged five to16. The intention was to teach children how to problem solve and empower them to become creators of technology, rather than consumers, in preparation for life beyond school.
Calls for Welsh primary schools to sign up to project aimed at inspiring next generation of digital entrepreneurs
A new national project to help boost the computing skills of Welsh primary school children has been launched today (Weds 5 Apr) by Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams.
The Barefoot Computing project in Wales aims to help primary school teachers get to grips with computing so that they can inspire and excite pupils aged from five about the world of IT.
The initiative is funded and led by BT, which has worked closely with the Welsh Government to ensure resources for the project in Wales are closely aligned to the Digital Competence Framework and are available bilingually via the Hwb digital learning platform.
The new computing curriculum requires schools to teach students how to code and understand a number of, to the layman, somewhat complex concepts.
But can you teach children to understand simple programming in 15 minutes? Here at FUZE we certainly know we can – and actually teach core coding skills in that short space of time.
Coding has a number of very important fundamentals. An understanding of Loops, Variables and ‘If Then’ statements is required to code using any programming language. In fact, it’s safe to say this is applicable to all programming languages from Machine Code (the most advanced) to Scratch (one of the simplest).
Education Secretary Justice Greening has recently said that she wanted to make PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) compulsory in schools, teaching digital safety within that format. So as digital becomes more and more a part of education and its curriculums, schools are under pressure to enable pupils digitally whilst also protecting them from the darker side of the web.
As defined by the government, Prevent Duty is a school’s legal obligation to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. Prevent Duty has been put in place with the aim of helping children to better understand certain extremist cultures which exist in Britain today. It seeks to equip teachers and carers with the ability to identify children who may be “vulnerable to radicalisation” as part of a school’s wider safeguarding responsibilities.
From the pen and paper to the desktop computer, technology has always gone hand-in-hand with education. Aiding our understanding of a subject, or as a tool to help find specific information within a dataset, technology is used to present and digest information in classrooms throughout the world.
To understand how far education has come within the classroom, we’ve teamed up with GPS installations – a specialist in public address system installation – to discover the history and progression of its use up to and including the present day.
The 20th century: a turning point
Collaborative schools that strive for excellence
The Furze-Warren Hard Federation is a Governing Body of two schools within the Romford area. The schools work collaboratively to provide the best possible learning opportunities for its pupils through the provision of high-quality education within a stimulating and creative environment. They are committed to excellence and achievement for all.
The federation holds the values of excellence, enjoyment, respect, equality and high self-esteem for the benefit of pupils and the surrounding community. Aiming to equip students with the skills and knowledge to not only take with them into higher education but to carry them through their lives.
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Knutsford Academy, a secondary school based in the Cheshire town recently attended Europe’s leading education technology event, BETT, at Excel in London.
The school was keen to discover the latest technology in the education market and establish what equipment they could potentially invest in to ensure the schoolprovides students with the best opportunities possible.
Babies’ very first learning techniques are established through play; it’s how they navigate the complex world around them. The power of play is undeniable. Therefore, it makes sense that this learning technique should not be lost as children progress through the education system. Former teacher, head of computing/ICT, and head of education at Digital Schoolhouse, Shahneila Saeed, explains how computing can be demystified through play, allowing students to not only understand the subject but, more importantly, enjoy it.
Earlier this year, updated statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) on ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ came into effect, which revised and replaced the 2015 guidance. This means that, once again, the spotlight is firmly on the issue of safeguarding within the education sector.
Here, Sam Warnes, a former teacher and founder of EDLounge, a unique platform that gives students who struggle with mainstream education the opportunity to access learning, explains how virtual classrooms and online support systems can provide a great alternative provision for students which adheres to government safeguarding and wellbeing guidance.
How do virtual classrooms work?
Cohort company MASS has supported The Leys and St Faith’s schools in becoming some of the first schools to achieve Cyber Essentials certification.
The Leys, the only co-educational boarding and day school in Cambridge, and St Faith’s, the largest co-educational prep school in Cambridge, identify data protection as a high priority and pursued the certification to demonstrate that they take cyber security seriously.
Cyber Essentials certification, which is now a prerequisite in bidding for Government work, is primarily focussed at business and aims at helping protect organisations from common cyber security threats, demonstrating their understanding and approach to the issue.
A London college has turned to a web-based management tool to secure quality assurance during a spate of strategic mergers.
Over the last three years Bromley College has undergone a number of transformations to secure the quality of FE provision in the local area, which has in turn seen it go on to complete mergers with Orpington, Greenwich Community and Bexley colleges to form London South East Colleges.
The move has led to the creation of a college that today caters for more than 20,000 pupils studying for a wide range of vocational courses that lead to BTEC, NVQ, City & Guilds and other specialist qualifications, as well as higher education courses validated by the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University.