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Tom H Cooper

A memorial from the tweetstream created as the sad news spread of Tom's death on Dec 27th 2011, plus added material from his posthumous Special Achievement Award at #LWF12, January 25th 2012.
"You've got to grasp the moment" (Tom in Lewisham BSF video)
Thank you, Tom, for grasping so many wonderful moments with your friends and colleagues.

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Tony Parkin: Meetups and Teachmeets, cures for the winter blues!

Tony Parkin: Meetups and Teachmeets, cures for the winter blues! | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it

As BETT approaches, a look at the opportunities for networking and sharing educational ideas for both teachers and educational developers, not only at BETT but all year round via Teachmeets and Meetups. When the two communities meet, real magic can happen...

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One of my pieces for BEE-IT, online educational publisher

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My pre-BETT piece for BEE IT publishing...

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Going Beyond CPD: Tony Parkin - IRIS Connect

Going Beyond CPD: Tony Parkin - IRIS Connect | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
Tony Parkin talks to IRIS Connect in their latest Going Beyond CPD Podcast about exploring a variety of pedagogies and technologies.
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Edited 30 minute version of long CPD interview (hence references to non-existent parts of conversation)

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Guest blog: No Pens Wednesday... or any day?

Guest blog: No Pens Wednesday... or any day? | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it

So last Wednesday was the official ‘No Pens Wednesday’, a joyous occasion which I’m sure was successfully celebrated in schools up and down the land, though I’m equally sure it passed many others by completely....


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My first guest blog post at Bee-IT

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Why twist a curriculum when there's Apps for Good?

Why twist a curriculum when there's Apps for Good? | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
Apps for Good offers rich and flexible ways for schools to broaden 'Computing'. Tony Parkin explains

The Apps for Good programme offers some very flexible routes to being Computing into schools.

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Interviews with Debbie Forster, and some teachers offering very different approaches to using Apps for Good in schools.

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Interviews with Debbie Forster, UK MD of Apps for Good, and with teachers with veryb different models for using Apps for Good - for Merlin John Online

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OCR assessment shock hits GCSE Computing students

OCR assessment shock hits GCSE Computing students | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
The OCR exam board withdraws controlled assessment from Computing students, reveals Tony Parkin
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Original piece sourced from twitter and CAS communities when OCR accidentally revealed a plan to force students to lose, and repeat,  completed Computing controlled assessment work.
Luckily this decision was later reversed by OCR - though whether as a result of this online campaign we will never know. 

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Why the 'Computing' umbrella is letting in water

Why the 'Computing' umbrella is letting in water | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
Tony Parkin wants clarity for the curriculum – but he's alarmed by what he finds

School and curriculum leaders desperately need some clear and simple messages on Computing to help them plan their curriculum provision for September 2014. But where will they find it?

 

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My piece on the Westminster Education Forum session on the Computing curriculum on Feb 26, 2014. The KS4 message on Computing remains confused by assessment provision.

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My piece on the Westminster Education Forum session on the Computing curriculum on Feb 26, 2014. The KS4 message on Computing remains confused by assessment provision.

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Will 'knowledge mobilisation' help Maisie Tubbs?

Will 'knowledge mobilisation' help Maisie Tubbs? | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
Who is Maisie Tubbs, and what is a 'spod'? Tony Parkin delves into 'knowledge mobilisation'
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Knowledge mobilisation event on Feb 28, 2014, organised by Teacher Development Trust and London Leadership Strategy 

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Knowledge mobilisation event on Feb 28, 2014, organised by Teacher Development Trust and London Leadership Strategy 

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A balanced curriculum?

A balanced curriculum? | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
Education Technology’s editor Rebecca Paddick met with some industry experts who had quite a few things to say about the new computing curriculum
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Education Technology piece from Stone Computer's eSkills Round Table  that I attended as one of the invited panel

 

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Why computing curriculum fails to light academics’ flame of inspiration

Why computing curriculum fails to light academics’ flame of inspiration | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
Roundtable reveals disappointment over computing curriculum and calls for more focus on importance of informal learning
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Piece from Computer Weekly on the Stone Computers eSkills Round Table at which I was one of the invited panel.

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BBC makes 2015 'year of making and coding'

BBC makes 2015 'year of making and coding' | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
It's official. The BBC gets behind 'making and coding' for schools and families, writes Tony Parkin

A BBC special session at Edmix hears that 2015 will see the BBC supporting their long-considered follow up to Computer Literacy.

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Programmed to please – the Kodu Kup

Programmed to please – the Kodu Kup | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it

Probably the last thing the scientists steering the Mars Rover up one of the mountains of Mars expected to encounter was an awkward alien, asking difficult questions. But when the mountain in question is Mount Kerching, and the Rover is part of a Kodu game being programmed by London primary pupils, that’s what you may get. 
At MJO - Merlin John Online. Using technology for learning and teaching

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Second piece on the Kodu Kup programming day for the RM/Microsoft '8 in 8' project

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Second piece on the Kodu Kup programming day for the RM/Microsoft '8 in 8' project focuses on the Kodu Kup itself...

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Davitt down under – with a LEG-up for learning

Davitt down under – with a LEG-up for learning | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it

Absence makes the heart grow fonder as Tony Parkin gives an update on the work of John Davitt


The Learning Event Generator is a “fruit machine for learning” that John invented for teachers, parents and learners. A shake-me-up box of delights for the iPhone, it generates a fresh learning challenge each time it is shaken. You shake it, the cards spin and you are presented with a learning challenge. “Do three types of cactus as a haiku,” might seem tricky at first – but don't worry as links to web resources help you through the first stage of research. 

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John Davitt shares the love Down Under

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John shares the love Down Under...

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Stone@Bett 2013: CPD in the Theatre

Stone@Bett 2013: CPD in the Theatre | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
Stone@Bett 2013: CPD in the Theatre

 

A collection of web images and links celebrating some great continuing professional development, networking and student digital leadership - as well as a Hackathon and Johnny Ball - on the Stone stand at BETT 2013, at the ExCeL Centre in London Docklands.

 

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I had a wonderful time, and was so pleased with the positive responses!

(Note: Zeen subsequently closed down its open magazine  operations so sadly this piece was lost)

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Tony Parkin reflects on BETT Futures Zone

Tony Parkin reflects on BETT Futures Zone | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it

"I have seen the future, and it works". My piece on tapping the zeitgeist at the BettShow 2015

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An article I produced for BEE-IT News on the buzz around BETT Futures

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Another thing what I wrote...

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Primary schools celebrate 'Barnet Run' success

Primary schools celebrate 'Barnet Run' success | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it

Pupils from Tudor Primary School in Finchley recently took part in a special event to celebrate the official launch of their prize-winning app, Barnet Run, alongside pupils from other Barnet schools.

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Excite-ed and Capita run an app design competition for primary schools in Barnet

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Barnet primary schools competition to design an app about Barnet, which is now developed and available in app stores

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Teachers + edtech entrepreneurs = Ed-invent Brighton

Teachers + edtech entrepreneurs = Ed-invent Brighton | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
Tony Parkin mixes with the teachers, entrepreneurs and dragons at Ed-invent Brighton
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A day of edtech entrepreneurialism on the South Coast as Ed-Invent introduces teachers and other educators to the startup world.

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New, improved Apps 4 Good Awards - including code!

New, improved Apps 4 Good Awards - including code! | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
Tony Parkin is bowled over by the creativity as Apps for Good goes from strength to strength

Coverage of 2014 Apps for Good Awards event at the Barbican

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An update on the Apps for Good programme, and report on 2014 awards

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A piece on the 2014 update for Apps for Good for Merlin John Online

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CampEd – crowd-sourced, outdoor, affordable CPD

CampEd – crowd-sourced, outdoor, affordable CPD | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it

What started as a Twitter joke – and became a 2012 reality on a Yorkshire farm – now looks like turning into a professional development movement that’s outsourced, outdoor, affordable and includes families. Yes, CampEd returned in May 2014, and the concept is going from strength to strength.

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My review of #CampEd14, with links to blogs, photo-collections and news of upcoming events...

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Bengeo Primary tries Kickstarter for 'Happy Tree' app

Bengeo Primary tries Kickstarter for 'Happy Tree' app | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it

Children from Bengeo Primary School in Herfordshire have had an idea for an app for a while. And now the school has turned to the online Kickstarter fund-raising service to help make it a reality for the pupils – before they leave for secondary school.
MJO - Merlin John Online. Using technology for learning and teaching

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My piece on primary working with Excite-ed CIC to develop an app, and turning to Kickstarter to help fund it.

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My piece on primary school working with Excite-ed CIC to develop an app, and turning to Kickstarter to help fund it.

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Having a Ball again – with Stone at BETT 2014

Having a Ball again – with Stone at BETT 2014 | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it

How do you bring learning to your BETT stand? Take a leaf from Tony Parkin's book of BETT...

 

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Merlin kindly publishes my piece on the CPD Exchange that I put together for Stone again, at BETT 2014

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IT employers called to strengthen links with schools

IT employers called to strengthen links with schools | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
IT employers are struggling to find new recruits with the skills they need because they are not being vocal enough about what they are looking for in the next generation of workers.
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Piece from ComputerWorldUK on the Stone Computers eSkills Round Table at which I was one of the invited panel.

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Computing curriculum: Digital skills versus computer science - Telegraph

Computing curriculum: Digital skills versus computer science - Telegraph | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
Experts tell Sophie Curtis the new computing curriculum focuses too heavily on computer science, at the expense of other digital skills
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Piece from the Telegraph on the Stone Computers eSkills Round Table at which I was one of the invited panel.

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'Alumni workshops' hone Apps for Good skillsets

'Alumni workshops' hone Apps for Good skillsets | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it
Biggest names in PR and marketing pitch in to help Apps for Good entrepreneurs. Tony Parkin reports
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My piece on follow up sessions with Apps for Good alumni as they geta real masterclass in PR, branding and Marketing from some of the amazing mentors linked with the programme.

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Pieces of 8 – learning with 'Kodu' tops Microsoft prizes

Pieces of 8 – learning with 'Kodu' tops Microsoft prizes | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it

Working with expert teacher Mandeep Atwal was the icing on the cake for prizewinning primary pupils and their friends and teachers. Tony Parkin sat in...

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These schools had originally been chosen from among those in the less affluent areas of London, and one of the aims of the ‘8 in a Day’ initiative (known as '8 in 8' after the number of schools) had been to help raise pupil aspirations, and realise that they could maybe get jobs in the burgeoning IT sector.

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'Bring your own tech' sparks YOTS to think about

'Bring your own tech' sparks YOTS to think about | bITs and pieces | Scoop.it

Are you allowing your students to bring their own devices into school? Will this make a difference to their learning outcomes? Will you be disadvantaging a significant proportion of pupils who may not have their own devices? Are some already disadvantaged because they don’t have access at home to the devices that many of their peers already have?
Tony Parkin welcomes YOTS, a free online survey tool from VITAL, to help schools audit students' access to ICT

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