For a brief flurry, a story on the BBC website lit up my Twitter feed. It was about children using mobile phones at school and hooked us in with the headline ‘Half of parents want mobile phones banned in schools'. You can read the article here. Of course, half don’t and so once again another … Continue reading Mobile phones in schools?
What a great service the Flying Scotsman from Edinburgh to London is. You can get on at Newcastle just after 7 o’clock and be whisked non-stop to your destination before 10. The people you get on with are the people you stay with for the whole journey. So it was last week when when we … Continue reading Apathy wins elections
The average reading age of the UK is 11. That’s what the speaker told us at the last Socitm meeting I attended. It struck me as an interesting statistic and possibly a damning indictment of our education system. Of course it may not be true and I felt I needed to explore it a bit … Continue reading The average reading age is…?
According to Dave Evans from Stanford Design School (yes this is another Thinking Digital story) after five years, eighty percent of people who went to university aren’t working in the area that they studied. All that time and effort potentially wasted on what seems inappropriately focussed attention. I wonder why this is and if it … Continue reading 8 out of 10
It was a very weird experience, sitting in front of a class full of students from my old school. OK, it was a long long time ago since I sat in its drab and dusty classrooms and we were sitting in Campus North rather than the school itself yet it was still an odd experience. … Continue reading Back to school
I think this is going to be the end of my Thinking Digital 17 stories. I could probably scrape up a few more if I tried hard though. It was such a great conference this year, with so much to remember and talk about. I know it was only in May yet I cannot recall … Continue reading So what – now what
The topic for this round of presentations has been ‘Out of the Toolbox’. The title is an obvious reference to thinking outside the box but also attempts to draw us back to the work that we do. It was Saul Kaplan who said that we need to take our ideas off the white board and … Continue reading Unfolding plans 178 – Out of the toolbox
Of all the audiences that I speak to, I find young children to be the hardest. I’m sure I would get used to it but I’d have to work hard to be a teacher. This morning we laid on a fun day at the education development Centre for a group of Year 5 pupils from … Continue reading Unfolding plans 161 – Fun Day
You know that this is one of the areas that I am interested in. It’s not just me though. SOCITM has launched it as one of their key themes, getting more women into Information and communication technology. Last Wednesday marked the launch of their (its?) ‘Women in IT’ initiative held in Central London. The event … Continue reading Unfolding plans 142 – Women in IT
Perhaps I undersell myself. If not me then perhaps I have undersold the effect of some of the changes that we are making. I have never knowingly been undersold, until now. I say this because twice I have had to stop and think about some of the things that we are doing and the good, … Continue reading Unfolding plans 121 – never knowingly undersold