Digital Learning - Issue 1.2
Enhancing Child Development Instead of Replacing It
Technology is now ubiquitous in education and with only a few exceptions, the debate about whether digital technology has a place in education is pretty much over. The pro-tech side has emerged victorious from the early battles, and critical discussions about the place of technology in schools tend to focus on what tools should be used, rather than what their role is in educational practice. Immersion in screens from birth is the reality, but that doesn’t mean that the discussion should end. We asked Professor Lowell Monke, co-author of Breaking Down the Digital Walls, to share his thoughts about what kind of education is really needed to prepare students for the world they will face in the future.
Adapting to AI in Education: Critical Questions for Educators
AI technology is revolutionising how students learn and creating all kinds of new opportunities. Harbir Kaur explores the latest offerings, cautioning us to be mindful of how we implement them in the classroom.
Active Musicianship in the Special Needs Classroom
For students with severe mobility and physical limitations, active participation in music making can be completely out of reach. However, by harnessing the power of available technology and intelligently applying it to various musical principles, Carrie Lennard is opening a new space for students to express themselves through music.
Starting Out With Grid Algebra in KS1
Algebra is not often a concept we often think of for KS1 pupils, but Alison Parish has found that laying some foundations early on can make a big difference. In the first of this two-part series, she outlines some great ways of using the Grid Algebra software to help pupils in year 1 and 2 develop their numeracy skills.
Tapping in to the Inner Inventor: The Importance of Making in Computing
Inventing and making things is a great way to tap in to students’ creativity and help them develop new skills that might seem overly technical or boring if they were taught out of context. Oliver Quinlan highlights some great initiatives that are inspiring students (and teachers) to develop their innate desire to create and invent.
Riding the Light Improving Bandwidth with LiFi
As more and more devices require wireless connection, the infrastructure is struggling to deliver enough bandwidth. Harald Haas introduces a new technology that allows data to be transmitted through light waves, enabling greater access in a cost-effective way.
Improving Access and Inclusivity One Step at a Time
Microsoft Education is one of the giants leading the tech revolution in education. Our editor caught up with Chris Rothwell, Director of Education for Microsoft in the UK during January’s Bett conference. In this interview, Chris talks about what he sees as the most important issues facing educators today and talks about some of the ways Microsoft is addressing these challenges.
Getting Started with Social Media in the Classroom
Social media is a powerful tool for connecting communities and communicating to others. EdTechTeacher Shawn McCusker presents a wealth of ideas for harnessing that power in the classroom.
Nurturing Mental Health with Wellbeing Apps for Young People
Child and adolescents are experiencing a mental health crisis that is affecting all areas of education. How can schools and teachers help students build resilience and positive mental health so they can cope with the increased stress of modern society? Our editor, Jory Debenham, explores some of the apps available to help support our young people.