Re-addressing the challenges facing young people
This paper by Livelab and the Education Research Centre, University of Brighton, highlights some of the technological developments, tools and resources that with the appropriate development, innovative thinking and planning, can offer great potential in helping to address key issues relating to the NEET population.
ICT in independent schools
This BESA report shows that despite being free from government control, independent schools have a more positive view of the government’s current ICT policy than state schools.
Web technology into the classroom
A new project is being run by Nottingham Trent University teacher trainees in partnership with local secondary schools to explore how web technology in the classroom can be used to deliver outstanding lessons. The project will initially focus on Year 7 and 9 lessons in core subjects, and will also target developing literacy levels, and disaffected and Special Educational Needs (SEN) learners.
Using game-based learning to improve Maths
In May, Ofsted released a report warning that more must be done to improve the teaching in maths. One modern alternative is game-based learning. Here we look at Pora Ora, a 3D virtual world for children which is based around the national curriculum, and is being trialled in two north London primary schools to show the alternative teaching methods than can be used in maths. We’ll report from teachers and pupils on the results of the trial in subsequent issues of eLearning Update.
Educating & entertaining children over the summer holidays
With schools breaking up for the summer holidays, parents seeking ways to keep the kids entertained indoors need look no further than a new range of educational online games, which develop Key Stage 2 and 3 Maths and English skills...
Observation VS participation: learning that works for students
E.M.Forster once remarked “spoon-feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon”. While ‘spoon-feeding’ remains rare, it is notable that too often lessons continue to consist of a teacher standing at the front of a classroom in a lecture format, and as a result, we often fail to truly and creatively engage students in their own education. Here, Alexandra Mounier, EMEA Business Education Development Manager at eInstruction, explores how the latest classroom technology can allow students to play an active role in their learning through an ongoing process of sharing, discussing and contributing that encourages the development of successful learners.