It’s been a year since I started blogging here at Nominet Trust, exploring the research around new technologies particularly in education. There probably hasn’t been a more exciting time in the Nominet Trust year for me as they’ve just announced a new fund with the Education Endowment Foundation – it’ll be great to see what’s funded and what outcomes they achieve. I’m going to use this final blog of the year I’ll sum up what I’ve covered so far and how it’s all related.
Recently I’ve been thinking about the increasing push for children to learn to code. One thing I’ve been particularly interested in is the reason we’ve suddenly become so interested in coding. The benefits outlined in CAS’ ‘Computer Science: A curriculum for schools’ (.pdf) relate to:
Badges mean lots of things to lots of people but Tim Riches, the man behind DigitalMe, sums up their meaning:
“They have the power to motivate learners to produce work they are proud of and provide meaningful recognition for their achievements”.
I met Tim at the recent Whole Education conference in Leeds and he filled me in on his journey so far.
Co-founder of the successful Radiowaves project, he is committed to supporting learners to make the transition “from content consumers to creators”. One of the first sets of Mozilla Open Badges is being developed out of the successful DigitalMe project “SupportertoReporter” (S2R), a sports website created by young people. more >
Where to go on January 30th 2013 will be a difficult decision for all those who are involved in education and learning across the globe including the now “converted” Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.
If you attended either of the two big festivals in Olympia in January you might have a clue what his dilemma might be? more >