Digital Learning - Issue 1.3
Cultivating Curiosity with Robotics Play
Many people believe coding is the key to future careers, but so few young people are developing these skills. Tabi Bude shows how a new initiative, the Wonder Robot, is teaching students to code in a fun and playful way.
Exploiting the Potential of Classroom Tech
Tech has the potential to bring incredible benefits to education, but it can also be daunting and overwhelming. Michael Kimber of Broadclyst School shows how his school is making the most of the options available and empowering teachers to embrace technology in all areas of their teaching.
Rethinking ‘Sext Education’
Helping teens navigate the world of sexting is important, but adults don’t always know the best way to do it. Research by Dr Jerome Turner and colleagues reveals what young people think on the subject and how they would actually like to be supported.
Gamifying the Grind for Reluctant Maths Students
Game-based, self-directed learning is turning out to be a real inspiration for students who are behind in Maths. Christine Edge-Sayer shows how her school is using it to build a strong skills base for reluctant or challenged learners.
Dive Right In with VR Tech
VR is no longer something from the future! EdTechTeacher Shawn McCusker shows how to get students building and creating virtual tours using tools you already have.
Moving Intelligence Forward with AI
AI is already having a big impact on education and many are predicting the various ways in which the robots will take over the world. Professor Rose Luckin looks at the current state of play and suggests a new model of intelligence for educators that focuses on the importance of being human.
H5P: Creating Interactive Resources for the Primary Classroom
Creating Digital Materials can be time consuming and overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Digital learning specialist Daniel Scott offers guidance on using H5P to easily create interactive activities while on a budget.
Simplifying Assessment with Feedback and Grading Apps
Marking, grading, offering feedback and assessment are commonly cited as the bane of teachers’ lives. Yet, they are necessary evils, so the key is to find intelligent ways to make it more efficient and effective. This issue’s Top Apps feature focuses on assessment—apps that offer real-time communication between teacher and class, digital and automated grading and marking tools and fun and engaging formative approaches. There is still no perfect method, but these apps are making a big difference in addressing the workload burden and increasing engagement.
Editor’s note: What does it mean to be digitally literate?
There seems to be a common belief and general consensus of sorts that young people, these ‘digital natives’, have a higher level of digital ability than the people teaching them. This stereotype of older people not being able to keep up with the times has been around for generations and has very little to do […]