Out with the old school? The rise of ed tech in the classroom

There was a time classrooms were a bastion of tradition, dominated by blackboards, chalk and textbooks. But the rapid evolution of technology means there’s a need to advance how education is delivered to young people. Schools now spend £900m on education technology every year, and it is estimated the global market will be worth £129bn by 2020. It’s making a difference – the 2017 consumer digital index [pdf] suggests that 97% of those aged 15–24 in the UK have basic digital skills – a 4% improvement on 2015. Among the emerging “edtech” ventures…

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Classroom coders: students dash to develop the computer science bug

If you think a computer science degree involves three years of getting pale and unhealthy sitting in front of a computer studying Word, think again. Over the last few years there has been a shake-up in how IT is taught and the latest figures from the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (Ucas) show that more people than ever are choosing to continue with the subject at university. With supermodels encouraging girls to code, and digital skills now being considered equally important as lessons in numeracy and literacy, computing has become…

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Secret Teacher: Your child is our lowest priority unless they’re exam-age

It’s year 8 parents’ evening. The dining hall is alive with the buzz of conscientious parents ready to hear how their children are getting on, and whether the 13 years of love, worry and encouragement they’ve invested in their offspring are bearing fruit. I’ve got back-to-back five minute appointments, and halfway through the evening a queue has built up. As a mother and daughter get up to leave, my stomach drops. Uh-oh. Blond hair, long face, pointy chin. Next is either Tom or Tim … but I can’t tell them…

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Primary school supply teacher who ‘turned up drunk’ on first day banned from classroom for two years

A primary school supply teacher has been banned from the profession for two years after turning up drunk to work on her first day. Hannah Elizabeth Day slurred her words while reading a story and was “unsteady, confused” and “swaying” while teaching at Our Lady and St Philomena’s Catholic Primary School in Liverpool in October 2014. A disciplinary hearing also heard she was allegedly playing Pacman on her mobile phone during the lesson – a claim which Ms Day has denied –  and that a water fight broke out between…

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Student loans: Teachers should have debts written off after 10 years in classroom, headteachers declare

Teachers should have their student loan debts written off after spending 10 years in the classroom, as part of a package to help solve the recruitment crisis in schools, head teachers have declared. The idea is one of a series of measures being put forward by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, and aimed at overcoming teacher shortages. In a speech to the ASCL’s annual conference, Ms Morgan admitted schools were “struggling to attract the brightest and best” as…

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Go Green in Your Classroom: 16 Resources for Environmental Lessons

Take a walk through the woods or spend an evening soaking up the sight of the night sky. Planet Earth is chock full of gorgeous things, but the functionality of the planet depends on complex ecosystems that are suffering because of mankind’s abuse. How can you help your students love the environment and inspire them to contribute to building a sustainable, clean future for the planet? The following resources may fit the bill. Resource Compilations and Lesson Plans to Get You Started When you’re cultivating an interest in the environment,…

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Help Students Develop Vital Interviewing Skills in Your Classroom

Interviewing subjects isn’t just that thing HR Managers do. In fact, interviewing can be a great form of experiential learning. This is true whether students are the interviewer or the interviewee. In fact, when we encourage students to ask questions of the people they meet, we’re encouraging the development of a wide range of skills, from the social and the emotional to a basic sense of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. Honing interview schools at school will help students thrive not only in the classroom itself, but also in…

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