Digital Learning

Digital Learning

Digital Learning replaces e-Learning Update to better align with our strengths and the needs of our readership.

Digital Learning aims to engage school leaders and teachers with the issues, products and possibilities of incorporating technology in schools. We explore current trends in teaching and learning with technology and offer a critical look at the latest tools on the market. The articles focus on creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning with technology.

The Digital Learning Service updates your staff on the latest blogs and ICT tools, as well as articles on creatively implementing technology into subject teaching and guidance on navigating policy changes and the challenges of our time.
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New Issue No. 1.4 Out Now! Here's what's inside...

Editorial: Mobile Phones - A Critical Battlefield
The world of technology and education in the UK is fraught with contradictions and assumptions that both demonise and exploit young people. On the one side, the DfE school standards minister Nick Gibb is claiming that ‘schools should ban their pupils from bringing smartphones into school or the classroom’, implying that teens are unable to regulate their behaviour and should therefore be punished.

Is it Worth Investing in a Personalised Learning System? (Open access article)
Is it worth the effort to invest in a personalised learning system? Deputy headteacher Simrat Mavi has found that taking the leap into the world of edtech has had a transformative effect on pupils, including increased inclusivity, greater self-awareness and enhanced meta-cognition.

Breaking Down the Gender Divide with Hackathons
Getting non-techie types interested in Computer Science can be a real challenge, but it’s not impossible. Adrian Porter shows how a hackathon initiative has taken off, making the subject relevant, fun and personal to a much more diverse group.

Why the Reading Realm App is Making Children Love Reading
A new app is opening doors for young readers and fostering authentic discussions of texts. Education consultant and former primary school teacher Ian Eagleton outlines how the activities in the app can support both whole class and individual reading lessons.

Making the Most of Non-Structured Time
Form time and assemblies can be great opportunities to engage interest in the world, encourage empathy and promote wellbeing as young people explore who and how they want to be. A new digital platform is providing creative solutions to maximise the potential of this nonstructured classroom time. This Q&A with founder Elysia Willis outlines the highlights of the program. 

How Minecraft is Making Science More Appealing to Students with Autism (Open access article)
Laura Hobbs and the Lancaster University team show how they have found success supporting students with autism to develop scientific and research skills.

Can Robots End Isolation and Disruption for Unwell Students?

A small robot is making a big difference for children who are too unwell to attend school. Sarah Dove and Cath Kitchen show how AV1 allows these young people to access education while undergoing long-term medical treatments or recovery

8 Apps for Enriching your Geography Lessons
From virtual travel to GIS maps, games and time travel, our editor’s apps picks for this issue aim to add excitement and depth to geography learning for students at all stages.

New on the Scene
This issue’s editor’s picks include a new immersive graphic novel language learning app, an innovative digital sketchpad for music composition and an exciting new video game for learning about WWII using survivors’ perspectives.

Personalising Learning with Branching Google Forms
By using the branching feature of Google Forms, you can set up conditional logic conditions, creating flexibility to differentiate, personalise or allow for choice in a very simple, straightforward way. Digital Learning’s edtech expert Shawn McCusker outlines how to use this often overlooked feature.

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