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Schools Tech Report - Better Learning Through Technology A lively and stimulating discussion took place in response to a series of questions. Contributions were welcome from all and the report pulls together the points made by those who shared their ideas and passions for ICT in learning in this consultation process. The wide-ranging online discussion was prompted by the Department for Education, with over 150 contributions and with various views of technology being shared. Responses were analysed and this report seeks to draw these together into a coherent picture of current views. In the summary, a picture emerges of what is happening at the moment and potential ways to develop and improve the use of technology in learning. The report can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. The report is co-published with ALT and is also available on their website here: Schools Tech Report - Better Learning Through Technology

Lettre ouverte aux ministres de l'éducation européens -- BRUXELLES, October 14, 2014 BRUXELLES, October 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chers ministres, Étant donné votre rôle important pour les générations futures en Europe, vous savez tous déjà qu'à l'âge de 7 ans, les enfants entrent dans une période fondamentale pendant laquelle ils acquièrent les compétences essentielles comme la lecture, l'écriture et les mathématiques élémentaires. Cependant, afin de s'épanouir dans la société et l'économie de demain, dans lesquelles le numérique sera capital, ils devraient aussi apprendre à programmer. Et pour un grand nombre d'entre eux, ce n'est malheureusement pas le cas. Bien qu'il soit indéniable que l'Europe ait besoin de plus d'informaticiens et d'ingénieurs informatiques pour prospérer et être compétitive (on prévoit que le nombre de postes vacants dans l'informatique en Europe atteindra 900 000 d'ici 2020), la capacité à programmer n'est pas un souhait égoïste de ce secteur. Certains pays européens se penchent déjà sur la question. Respectueusement,

The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates. EU Code Week - more than just coding, more than just a week Do you know how to code? And do you know why it matters? Last week was the second ever EU code week. With over 3000 events across the EU and beyond, this was by far the most successful such event ever. In the Code Week events I took part in – I myself learned a lot and had a lot of fun too. For me, getting these skills needs to start young: in schools. And businesses are also playing their part. So I'd like to thank all those involved: the 87 Code Week Ambassadors who organised and coordinated. This matters - because Europe desperately needs ICT skills. Because Europe Code Week is not about coding. On the face of it, coding is about learning to programme computers, and learning the languages that they speak. A computer is not just a black box – it's a blank canvas. But like literacy or numeracy – this is a skill that can unlock opportunities everywhere. And what's more: Europe Code Week is not just about a week.

The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags Whether you’re a new or seasoned Twitter user, you likely come across confusing hashtags that probably look like a bunch of nonsense. First, What’s A Hashtag? The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. Any Twitter user can categorize or follow topics with hashtags.Those hashtags (usually) mean something and are a great way to get a tweet to appear in search results or discussion monitoring. For example, the popular #edchat hashtag is used by thousands of users every Tuesday. How To Hide Your Hashtag Chat From Followers When having a Twitter #hashtag chat, if you want to avoid overwhelming your followers, start any tweet you want to “hide” with @HideChat or (one character shorter) @HideTag . You don’t need to do this with all your chat tweets (though you could). Sources That’s why it’s probably helpful for you to check out the following list of popular educational hashtags. The Most Popular Hashtags #edchat – Education, worldwide (lots of US teachers).

The national curriculum The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, as well as religious education and sex education. The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject. Other types of school like academies and private schools don’t have to follow the national curriculum. The national curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). Assessments By the end of each summer term the school must write a report on your child’s progress and talk it through with you.

Free Technology for Teachers Should we teach computer science in elementary school? We should definitely be teaching computer science (CS) in elementary school. Why? The most common answer to this question is jobs — but not necessarily traditional computing or programming jobs. Our nation’s current trajectory points to a lasting digital era, and we’ll need people who can think like software engineers and network architects, whether they are writing an app or solving resource distribution problems in a third-world setting — or doing both at the same time. But let’s forget about jobs for the moment. The rationale to teach CS to K-5 students goes well beyond career development. CS for K-5 students is not new. But to decide whether teaching CS to young students is worth it, you need to understand what computer science in the elementary grades really looks like. It is not about learning how to use the keyboard and mouse, except for the purpose of moving instruction blocks around to form an algorithm. Shouldn’t we give all students this opportunity?

Coding in the Common Core | Edutopia There's been significant talk about "coding" lately -- from the second annual "Hour of Code" event hosted in December by, to countries like Denmark and England incorporating computer programming into their curriculum. Here in the U.S., there are several ways in which computer programming activities support the Common Core State Standards. Differentiating Between "Programming" and "Coding" When students use tools such as Code Studio, Scratch, and Tynker, what they're doing is called programming. Coding, on the other hand, has to do with the syntax, the fine details that allow a computer script to work. Common Core Integration Below are some ways in which programming supports the CCSS. Math In programming activities, students must persevere in problem solving. Use wait blocks and movement blocks in programs like Scratch and Tynker to differentiate between .01, .1, 1, and 10 seconds. Have students create drawings in programs that repeat a pattern. 4.MD.5 and 4.MD.6 English Language Arts

Africa Code Week : Les ados se mettent au code ! Open SAP Intervenants : Véronique de Ravaran Véronique est rattachée au département Education de SAP France. Joséphine Ernst Joséphine est Responsable Qualité dans le domaine « Solution Manager ». Les autres experts sur le sujet : Nuala Allen Nuala travaille comme ingénieur Support pour SAP en Irlande. Olena Kushakovska Gestionnaire de projet chez SAP Labs France, Olena est responsable de plusieurs projets de développement sur SAP Solution Manager. Jean-Christophe Pazzaglia Jean-Christophe est architecte en chef pour le Support, l’Éducation supérieure et la recherche.

INFOGRAPHIC: Coding at school — How do EU countries compare? SPECIAL REPORT / Digital competences and ICT skills are seen as key for young people to integrate in the job market. Jobseekers will have a harder time finding work without them. Today, 90% of all jobs are expected to require at least a basic level of ICT skills. By 2020, Europe is expected to see a shortage of more than 800,000 professionals with computing skills. More and more countries or regions are therefore now including computer programming as part of school curricula. Coding at school A recent survey has shown that 15 EU countries have already integrated coding in their school curriculum. Among them, France and Spain have integrated coding only recently (in 2014-2015). At which levels? 9 EU countries already integrate or will integrate coding at primary school level soon. Already integrate: Estonia, France, Spain, Slovakia, UK (England).Will integrate: Belgium (Flanders), Finland, Poland, Portugal. Computational thinking