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News and stories from our members and the education sector

Can The International Society Of Technology In Education’s Standards In Computing Be Adapted For Use In The UK?

by Terry Freedman

This illustration is from and has a CC0 licence.

Just before the summer break in 2018 I had a few exploratory chats with some contacts I have in the International Society of Technology in Education, or ISTE. I can’t remember who started the ball rolling — I think both parties made contact with each other because it was the right time. ISTE wanted to find ways of working with UK educators, and I felt that the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE) and the Technology, Pedagogy and Education Association (TPEA) could form a useful partnership with ISTE.

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The Power of Song

by Ian Rae

I have never failed to be surprised by the incredible power of music to re-create memories. I only have to hear a piece of music from my past and almost immediately my mind will go back to the time when I first heard that piece of music, or I will be reminded of locations and occasions where and when I used to hear it played.

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Adam and Me: Are Robots Robotic?

by Christina Preston

I might just be an identifiable algorithm to the retail industry but I am responding to their messages like a sentient human being. Last week Marks and Spencer told me they have denims specially chosen for me. How kind I thought. How did they know I need new jeans?

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The value of simplicity and experimentation in learning programming

by Dave Darwent

BBC Micro by Steve Elliott CC BY-SA 2.0

Way back in 1984, when I was a secondary school pupil at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe school, my maths teacher, Mr. Gibbs, introduced me to the BBC model B microcomputer – which was the cutting edge of home and school computing technology at the time, and also to a game called L: A Mathemagical Adventure, which was produced by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM).

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The Power of Professional Networks

by Emma Goto

Image from Pixabay

After the fantastic TPEA conference in July, I was left invigorated by what people can do when they come together. It made me reflect upon another time in my life when I was part of a professional group that really made an impact.

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Global Education

by Andy Connell

Sat on the train to London on Friday 25/10/2019 reflecting that a week ago I was on the train to Euston in order to joint chair a conference on Global Education and Sustainability in the Curriculum. It was co-organised by the British Council and The Council for Subject Associations.

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