Ofsted on Outstanding eSafety

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#esafety #ofsted #school

David Brown, Ofsted National Advisor for ICT, talking on Safer Internet Day radio about eSafety. Some key points from the MP3 below…

Who Ofsted’s Ofsted?

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#inspection #measurement #ofsted #quality

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Who will watch the watchmen?

Decimus Junius Juvenal, Satires, 2^nd^ century AD.

Pragmatic Education on Ofsted.

(The flip side of Four Things from Ofsted. See also What OFSTED actually want.)

Use data to build better schools

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#data #schools

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Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools from TEDGlobal 2012.

Clay Shirky

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#cognitive #memory #search #surplus

Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world

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I’d watched this talk ages ago and it had lain in the back of my mind, resurfacing from time to time, but the details frustratingly forgotten.

Not matter what Google-fu I tried, I couldn’t conjure it …

OCR Computing and EBacc

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#computer science #computing #ebacc

OCR confirmation that their GCSE in Computing counts as Computer Science as far as the Department of Education are concerned…

Computer science will become an EBacc subject, the Education Secretary announced today. It will be added to the list of separate science options, making four separate sciences instead of the …

International Computing Curricula (or another reason why CAS is awesome)

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#computer science #computing #international #policy

The UKs Department of Education has published a draft programme of study for consultation – part of the curriculum changes for 2014. This includes Computing as a subject in Key Stages 1 - 4, distinct from ICT (see previous post on terminology).

What’s happening elsewhere? I started to look and found …

UK Child Poverty

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#community #environment #poverty


The Guardian Datablog has published a map of UK child poverty based on data published by the Campaign to End Child Poverty.

Developing *in* the Browser

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#development #programming #tools

For various reasons I’ve been experimenting with services that allow students to develop *and run* code in the browser.

Actually, I don’t really mean run *in* the browser – there’s Javascript for that and things that can do runtime conversion to javascript (like Objective-J or Processing.JS). Rather …

Pose Pause Pounce Bounce

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#classroom #questioning #tools

I discovered Pose Pause Pounce Bounce via a tweet by @teachertoolkit (thank you!) and it really helped with my focus on questioning last term. There’s now an updated post (complete with cartoon) which describes the tactic. Enjoy.

Internet access good for teenagers?

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#access #digital divide #internet

A while back I looked at the ONS data for internet access in the UK which showed continued growth in the proportion of internet connected households.

Last month, to coincide with the publication of Teenagers and Technology, the University of Oxford put out a press release with details of a …