E2BN Response to OECD Report

Students, Computers and Learning

MAKING THE CONNECTION PISA, September 2015

Summary PISA results show no appreciable improvements in student achievement in reading, mathematics or science in the countries that had invested heavily in ICT for education. The connections among students, computers and learning are neither simple nor hard-wired; and the real contributions ICT can make to teaching and learning have yet to be fully realised and exploited. But as long as computers and the Internet continue to have a central role in our personal and professional lives, students who have not acquired basic skills in reading, writing and navigating through a digital landscape will find themselves unable to participate fully in the economic, social and cultural life around them.

Augmented Reality

Imagine a classroom display board covered with useful and interesting information about a particular topic. A typical display might include pieces of pupil writing, art work, key words, photographs and commercial produced posters. Lovely though these displays are, they are static. If you want dynamic, ever changing content on your walls you need to invest in digital signage equipment: an investment that most schools can only realistically afford for the more public parts of the school if at all. And as for incorporating sounds, nice though the idea of a talking wall display is, the reality is that sound travels, is intrusive and hearing the same thing over and over again can be really very irritating!

Post Like Your Enemies are Watching!

If you have attended an E2BN E-Safety training session you will be familiar with Kathy Olsson’s favourite mantra about Internet safety:

“On the Internet: there’s no such thing as privacy, there’s no delete button and so post like your enemies are watching!”

In earlier blog posts, she examined the first and second parts of that statement. In this edition, she concludes this series of E-Safety pieces by looking at the idea that you should post as though your enemies are watching. The E-Safety world can be a dark and terrifying place. Sometimes when I get to the ‘On the Internet…’ slide in my presentations to school staff I think that, maybe, I have spent too much time looking at the darker side of the Internet. Sometimes I think that I am in danger of becoming just a little paranoid! After all, who on earth would be interested in the online behaviour of a middle aged woman who’s only claim to fame is once having danced with Paul Weller?

Curriculum Enrichment Day - Computing

On Wednesday 19th May the children from both Mendham Primary School and St Edmund’s Primary, Hoxne, joined together for a day of computing.

The focus was the new curriculum and although the children have been taught using the new curriculum since September this was a day to give the children a taste of what more there is to come as well as looking at how computing is used in the real world. The children were organised into their house groups and worked in mixed ability groups. There was a carousel of 4 activities;

  • making films using only a laptop (this activity was led by our yr6 digital leaders, from both sites working together, and it was completely their own idea!)
  • looking at how websites are used and then having a go at using a template to create their own house website
  • using the Lego Wedo to explore how the programming works, then programme their own alligators and complete different tasks based on algorithms
  • Barefoot computing (Algorithms) KS1 and How the Internet works (Barefoot)(KS2)

MuseumBox - A cross curricular tool

If you could put a number of items into a box that described your life, what would you include? What do you think would be included if you were a Victorian Servant or Queen Elizabeth I.

If you lived during the English Civil War, what items would you include to make a case for, or against, the parliamentarians? And what if you want to persuade people to a particular point of view – what evidence would you present?

Museumbox is tool which can help pupils build up an argument related to a specific issue or pull together digital resources - images, video clips, audio clips, Word documents, text files, spreadsheets, weblinks etc to answer a specific enquiry. They can then present the results in a unique way.

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