Digital Learning - Issue 2.1
Best of Bett 2020
London’s annual BETT Show – the long-running exhibition of new educational technology – took place in late January, highlighting the massive array of hardware, software, platforms and products on offer for schools.
Getting Started with 3D Printing
3D printing is a great way to help students develop their design skills. Simon Biggs shows how to get started and how it fits into various parts of the curriculum.
Lesson Plan: Building a Smart Garden
Using some basic electronic equipment and some seeds and soil, KS1 & KS2 students can discover the optimum conditions for growing healthy plants. In this lesson plan, Jennifer Morgan will show how to build a ‘smart’ garden and allow students to take ownership over their learning.
Recreating the Mars Rover: A Student’s Perspective
An initiative from the University of Derby is initiating teens into the world of engineering. Louis Wright shares his experience of working with scientists, engineers and academics to build a replica of the Mars Science Laboratory Rover.
Running a Brilliant Parent Session on Online Safety Doesn’t Have to be Hard
Educating parents on the latest online trends and safety concerns can be intimidating … and potentially boring. Safeguarding expert Mark Bentley shows how to approach a parent safety session and offers plenty of resources to make it interesting.
Visualisation May Be The Missing Link To Maths Proficiency
Steve Chinn shows that many maths difficulties stem from fundamental problems in visualising numbers and patterns. He shares how he has embraced technology to help students visualise maths concepts, especially for those with dyscalculia or other learning disorders.
Are You Asking Enough of Your Digital Strategy?
Three years ago Greenwood Academies Trust decided to undertake a comprehensive digital transformation for its schools. Now that it is fully operational, they are reaping more benefits than expected. Deputy CEO Graham Feek outlines their strategy and offers suggestions for successful implementation.
5 Tools for Supporting Project-Based Learning
Many skills the government and industry want students to learn are tough to teach in traditional educational models. Here, Shawn McCusker highlights some project-based learning tools to support a more independent learning environment.
Is Technology Really Supporting our Educational Goals?
Last year, education secretary Damien Hinds released the government’s strategy for technology in education. It finally acknowledged that digital technology has the power to impact on education, but was somewhat unimaginative in its vision. It focused on worthy goals like cutting down the burden of marking for teachers, improving CPD opportunities, providing assistance to those […]