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Open Badges – A digital solution for recognising achievement in schools? | Technoteaching

Open Badges – A digital solution for recognising achievement in schools? | Technoteaching | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

When I first investigated Open Badges, I could see how it could be implemented and earned myself a couple of test badges online via http://www.openbadges.org/en-US/ but at the time the process for issuing badges was a bit daunting. Last Saturday I attended a Computers At School Scotland session hosted by Doug Belshaw where he explained that badges could now be issued using a WordPress plugin, WPBadger. I installed WPBadger on this blog following these instructions and then these instructions, and created and uploaded a simple PNG badge. From there I was able to issue my badge to anyone with a valid email address. As our school website is also built using WordPress, in theory we would be able to issue badges from there although as things stand I don’t think the current version of WPBadger is really suited to the kind of scale that would be required in a secondary school. An alternative is to use badg.us, which is probably easier to set up but still doesn’t seem as though it could cope be easily used with a large number of badges and awards.


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Teachers + edtech entrepreneurs = Ed-invent Brighton

Teachers + edtech entrepreneurs = Ed-invent Brighton | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | 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! | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | 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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A piece on the 2014 update for Apps for Good for Merlin John Online

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

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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

Are your lectures droning on? Change it up every 10 minutes with more active teaching techniques and more students will succeed, researchers say. A new study finds that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use more stimulating, so-called active learning methods.


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It would be interesting to know if this has changed over time?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 15, 11:05 AM

I agree. If we stick with one mode it gets boring. Mixing approaches helps the teaching and learning.

Monica MIRZA's curator insight, May 16, 9:04 AM

Quite logical...

 

Lisa Carey's curator insight, May 30, 6:50 AM

Who has the most "air-time" in a classroom?  The teacher or the students?  We learn by doing. 

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Why the 'Computing' umbrella is letting in water

Why the 'Computing' umbrella is letting in water | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | 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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Broadclyst scoops $25,000 at Microsoft's 'The Pitch'

Broadclyst scoops $25,000 at Microsoft's 'The Pitch' | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

Broadclyst Community Primary School in Devon took first place and $25,000 of the investors’ pot at The Pitch, a new competition launched by Microsoft at its prestigious Global Forum in Barcelona to find and support the most innovative ideas from school leaders worldwide.Devon primary head and pupils excel for 'dragons' at Global Forum in Barcelona

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One of several pieces by Merlin from Microsoft's Global Forum in Barcelona

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Will 'knowledge mobilisation' help Maisie Tubbs?

Will 'knowledge mobilisation' help Maisie Tubbs? | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | 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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How does the Year of Code #YoC14 wreck become a good thing?

How does the Year of Code #YoC14 wreck become a good thing? | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

You all know my feelings on the Year of Code. That's done. But it is a thing, it does exist and I know that they are now talking to great groups like CAS and people like Conrad Wolfram and I am sure they will find something useful to do

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@hubmum adds her own sound advice to the #YoC14  team - now she hasn't a non-existant 'advisory role' and the fuss has died down a little!

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Year of Code - PR fiasco or vital mission? #YoC14

Year of Code - PR fiasco or vital mission? #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

It seems like something that everybody would support - a campaign to help transform computing education in our schools. But since its launch last week, the Year Of Code has turned into something of a PR disaster.

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A timely reflective look at the whole issue by the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones. Seems to nail it exactly....

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Towards a greater understanding of technology for everyone #YoC14

Towards a greater understanding of technology for everyone #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it
In response to the response to the Year of Code

The Year of Code launched last week. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a UK campaign about responding to the change in the national curriculum that will see, from September, “coding” being taught in schools across the country. 

The launch really didn’t go so well. You may have read some harsh criticism, so I thought I’d share my reaction. Some criticism of my own, but you know me, perhaps a little positivity…

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Stef Lewandowski (@stef)  comes up with a long but carefully reasoned analysis about why writing off a project that could be of great benefit is not a suitable response to a duff launch.

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#yearofcode, Computing and Primary Schools #YoC14

#yearofcode, Computing and Primary Schools  #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

"I’ve come up with a ‘route one’ approach for the #yearofcode. This takes advantage of the free resources that are out there (many created by teachers). It is not comprehensive and is meant as a starting point, so do let me know what you think."

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Ben Barton, CEO of Zondle, suggest simple ways busy primary teachers could approach #YoC14

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UK government's Year of Code gets off to a bad start | ZDNet | #YoC14

UK government's Year of Code gets off to a bad start | ZDNet | #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it
The Year of Code is supposed to teach all the UK's school children to code, but even if you support this fashionable American idea, this doesn't seem to be a useful way to do it
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The trade's well-respected Jack Schofield was not impressed either by #YoC14. Is it just a PR campaign running alongside serious initiatives?

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Lottie Dexter should quit - and take the Year of Code board with her - Adrian Short #YoC14

Lottie Dexter should quit - and take the Year of Code board with her - Adrian Short #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

"I make no secret of despising Dexter’s business-tax-cutting, deregulating, state-shrinking politics and I’ve got my suspicions about the Year of Code’s wider motivations. But even on its own terms, Dexter’s leadership is a colossal omnishambles. Even if all that were required for the job were political nous and PR savvy, Dexter would be toast. Don’t let’s start getting into the detail of education policy."

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Adrian Short blogs to extend the criticism of the unbalanced nature of the Year of Code organisation...

 
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Why every child should learn to code #YoC14

Why every child should learn to code #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

Will every job involve programming? No. But it is crucial we equip new generations with the ability to think about the world in a new way.

By Dan Crow

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Dan Crow, @crowquine, of Songkick and #YoC14 fame, writes a Guardian piece on Year of Code rationale...

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

Why twist a curriculum when there's Apps for Good? | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | 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, 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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Interviews with Debbie Forster, and some teachers offering very different approaches to using Apps for Good in schools.

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CampEd – crowd-sourced, outdoor, affordable CPD

CampEd – crowd-sourced, outdoor, affordable CPD | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | 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 the next events....

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Oppi Festival of Learning | Nesta

Oppi Festival of Learning | Nesta | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it
Nesta are supporting this international learning festival in Helsinki (RT @oliverquinlan: What’s Oppi festival about and why I’m there.
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Oliver Quinlan on the wonderful @suklaa team's Oppi Festival in Helsinki. Really wish I had managed to get there.

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Westminster Education Forum: the big message about computing

Claire Lotriet: " My main message in my five minutes at the microphone was that although computing certainly has a heavier focus on programming than ICT ever did, it is not interchangeable with coding. There is more to the computing programme of study (PoS) than programming."

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Claire blogs on her experience at the Westminster Education Forum on 'Preparing for the new Computing curriculum'

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Bengeo Primary tries Kickstarter for 'Happy Tree' app

Bengeo Primary tries Kickstarter for 'Happy Tree' app | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | 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 school 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 working with Excite-ed CIC to develop an app, and turning to Kickstarter to help fund it.

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Year of Code already needs a reboot #YoC14

Year of Code already needs a reboot #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it
We certainly need to get behind a single campaign to educate teachers about computer code. But we should get more technical expertise on board, writes John Naughton
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The Observer highlights the close clique behind the Year of Code campaign, and suggests the whole thing is rebooted with technical (and educational?) expertise

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Year of Code: One Week On - #YoC14 - Nesta

Year of Code: One Week On - #YoC14 - Nesta | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it
After a bumpy start Year of Code needs to connect with the digital making community to reach its full potential.
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Sensible advice from Tom Kenyon at Nesta in how to turn round the #YoC14 campaign to a successful campaign

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Why I passionately believe in the Year of Code #YoC14

Why I passionately believe in the Year of Code #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

This has been a hard blog to write, because there are many who could say that I would naturally support this idea because I'm self-promotional little networker who formerly worked with Rohan.

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One from the #YoC14 camp, and ex-colleague of the team, argues strongly that the idea is sound, replies to criticisms,  and asks for fairer treatment for a worthwhile campaign.

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Digital Learning : Tailored or Taylored? #YoC14

Digital Learning : Tailored or Taylored? #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

In one initiative, the Year of Code, the government has positioned technology as an outcome of learning rather than enabler. Although to be fair, it’s not entirely clear what they have demonstrated beyond a woeful misunderstanding of the subject.

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Graham Brown-Martin is wary of the government thinking under-pinning its #YoC14 shift in approach to technology and education. Is it really driven by the socio-economic needs of students in UKplc, or a deeper misguided approach which seeks the computerisation of education and the programmable teaching machines of the 1960s'?

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Year Of Code & The Myth Of The Programmer Shortage - #YoC14

Year Of Code & The Myth Of The Programmer Shortage - #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

While there may not be a shortage of programmers, there's most definitely a chronic shortage of good software developers. That's something that didn't seem to cross anyone's mind - that there's much more to it than just programming for a start, and that it takes years to develop the skills and knowledge needed to build good, valuable, reliable, maintainable, secure, scalable software.

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Jason Gorman and a software developer's take on the false premises under-pinning the #YoC14 approach

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Year of Code gets a bashing – so now what? #YoC14

Year of Code gets a bashing – so now what? #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

Forget the year of the horse, the government have announced that 2014 is the Year of Code, but this latest initiative has come under much criticism. Unsurprisingly, this has been well-documented and blogged about so I’ll summarise the key issues here before moving on to what I believe is the more important point for teachers. So here goes, what’s wrong with the the Year of Code...

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Claire Lotriet, @ohlottie, blogs a piece which absolutely nails what many educators are thinking about the omnishambles that is the Year of Code launch to date...  #YoC14

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7 reasons why the Year of Code is just Am Dram... #YoC14

7 reasons why the Year of Code is just Am Dram...  #YoC14 | Disruptive Nostalgia in Education UK | Scoop.it

Right, this Lottie Dexter, Rohan Silva, Year of Code thing is being a massive pain in the arse. I swear to god I *knew* this would happen... Here's where we are...

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Emma Mulqueeny of Young Rewired State fame (originally renamed McQueeney on the Year of Code website) writes a telling blogpost on why she is pulling out from her non-existent role at #YoC14

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