ELU 53 Technology Update – Literacy apps for students
For this month’s coding issue of eLU, we’ve listed our favourite student literacy apps for increasing pupil engagement. Apps reviewed include; Preposition Builder; Aesop's Quest; The Opposites; Alice for the iPad; and more.
Implementing technology to improve educational outcomes
Chiswick School made a conscious decision some years ago to position itself as a lead national school for its use of educational technology. Tony Ryan, headteacher, discusses Chiswick’s journey from being described as a ‘basket case’ in its use of educational technology, to its current position where IT is a central part of the school’s progress from Ofsted ‘satisfactory’ to top end ‘good’.
Invisible warnings: The rise of virtual self-harm on social media
Ken Corish, online safety manager for SWGfL and senior manager of the UK Safer Internet Centre, discusses how schools and parents can identify the signs of ‘self-baiting’ through social media in order to support vulnerable children online.
The computing curriculum decoded
The new computing curriculum has been in schools for a whole academic year now, but for many, working out the kinks and developing a full, vibrant programme of study will take some time yet. Jason Chahal shares his experience preparing to meet the challenge.
Scratch activity resource pack
Use Scratch to code a 'boom, snap, clap' game, a virtual graffiti canvas or a simple chase game with these three activities and their accompanying resources. Each activity includes a lesson guide for educators and a handout for learners. Suitable for beginners!
An introduction to teaching coding with Scratch
Programming is a fantastic way for students to express themselves creatively - and one of the most popular tools for teaching it is MIT’s coding platform Scratch. Dylan Ryder presents a beginner’s guide, plus three simple activities to try in your own classroom.
Report summary: Technology in the classroom
More than half of UK schoolchildren are experiencing a low-tech education similar to that of their parents, according to this research conducted on behalf of Daisy Group. This guide discusses which regions are affected the most and how the correct usage of technology can improve learning and development.
Report summary: Young people and e-safety
This NFER report, sponsored by the London Grid for Learning, looks at the online activities of London’s young people. While most children and young people have positive experiences online and, on the whole, do not put themselves 'at risk’, the research also identified a number of areas where schools can support young people – and their families – in increasing their online safety.