Digital Stalking: A guide to technology risks for victims
This report by Network for Surviving Stalking and Women’s Aid Federation of England provides a guide and recommendations to avoid stalking and increase internet safety. The report focuses on risks associated with smartphones. With 60 per cent of the UK population aged between 16 and 34 now owning a smart phone, and with new technological advances constantly being launched, the guide is released at a time when potential victims are susceptible to new forms of stalking.
The case for computer science as an option in the English Baccalaureate
This new report from BCS urges that computer science should be included as an optional subject within the EBacc and a new computer science EBacc certificate should be developed as soon as possible. The report provides convincing evidence that some of the new GCSEs in computer science require a higher degree of intellectual depth to achieve grade C than is required by some physics GCSEs.
Tablets – a headache for teaching staff?
Tablets in schools undeniably create a headache for IT departments and teaching staff, especially when it concerns content that can be accessed by pupils and device security. However, it is also undeniable that the launch of Apple’s iPad and most recently the iPad Mini has created a huge new opportunity for more creative learning within education from pre-school to universities. Just like all new IT infrastructures, if the benefits are there, the industry will catch up and fix the issues quickly.
Wistaston Primary School – the journey to improvement
Wistaston Green Primary School in Crewe was eighth worst in the country five years ago. Behaviour was a particular problem with violence and swearing a common occurrence. Teachers were very unhappy and staff mobility was topping 200 per cent at one point. After being placed in ‘special measures’ by Ofsted, the school made some radical changes, including the introduction of Charlie Taylor’s behaviour checklist and using technology to monitor attendance, attainment and behaviour. The results have been astonishing and Michael Gove has even personally praised the school. The improvement is reflected in results with 94 per cent achieving Level 4 or above in English and maths - an increase of over 50 per cent from five years ago. Here, Linda Davis talks about how data has underpinned some radical changes at Wistaston Primary School…
Joining the BYOD revolution?
Steve Smith looks at what schools need to consider when implementing a ‘Bring your own device’ solution and why success is all in the planning.
Breaking down the technological divide between home and school
Breaking down the technological divide between home and school, turning teaching experience into expertise, the responsibility of ensuring technology is used safely and how to implement best school practice are topics close to the heart of Alistair Smith, Education Director for Frog. Here, Alistair shares his opinions...