Engagement with audiobooks can benefit children and young people’s reading skills and enjoyment, as well as their mental wellbeing and emotional intelligence, according to this review by the National Literacy Trust.
It’s easy to lament that there are often fundamental problems in Independent Study projects undertaken by students, but the specific difficulties are not always identified. Dr Andrew Shenton digs deeper into the Extended Project Qualification work of Sixth Formers and shows where the information literacy gaps arise.
What are the human costs of an ‘always connected’ lifestyle, especially for our children? A report by Laurel Felt and Michael Robb examines the latest scientific research about media use, highlighting its possible problematic impacts on youth’s well-being and development and offering suggestions for balanced and thoughtful engagement.
Digital tools can be invaluable for bringing historical times and places to life. EdtechTeachers Shawn McCusker and Tom Driscoll offer practical ideas for leveraging technology in the history classroom.
The blogosphere is alive and well with resources and innovative ideas on using tech in education. In this regular feature we highlight five blogs on edtech that are worth checking out.
The editorial for Digital Learning 1.1
A lifelong love of reading is important for so many areas of well being, yet many people lack literacy skills, contributing to some of the biggest societal problems. Sue Wilkinson shows how The Reading Agency is bridging the gap for vulnerable children and adults so they develop the skills to access the power, importance, life-changing and life-enhancing impact of reading.
Information Literacy” may not be a phrase that is commonly heard in the primary school staffroom but it is central to education today. Andrew K. Shenton and Wendy Beautyman explain what it is and why we should be building it into our curriculum.
Providers are divided over how effective technology is in the early years. Elpida Ahtaridou and Dr. Sue Bodman cite the research to propose a way forward.
Effective use of ICT in English lessons offers the potential to transform teaching and learning. Computers, software, cameras and a range of ICT
devices such as interactive whiteboards can all make teaching more effective and more fun for the pupils. When used appropriately, ICT can provide pupils with unique opportunities to assist and progress literacy and allow the teacher to access a wide range of information in various formats…