Category Archives: Educate

Education matters in FE

Web 2.0 Blackout experiment

US college blocks Facebook and Twitter in social experiment | Media | The Guardian

Interesting effects  -worth more of a look I think.


Schools classing students as SEN for no reason?

So special needs is a con, is it? It’s not a very clever one | Zoe Williams | Comment is free | The Guardian

But there it is: an Ofsted report this week finds 457,925 of the 1.65 million children who have been diagnosed with special educational needs (SEN) actually don’t have them. Christine Gilbert, the chief inspector of schools, said head-teachers are “identifying children as having special educational needs when they need essentially better teaching”.

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Towards a Scientific testing approach in education

Language Log » “Unable to understand some basic sentences”?

As most media and political bodies rush to endorse Phonics, Ben Goldacre rises to challenge the anecdotal nature of most educational theory testing. However, a very interesting observation has been noticed during an investigation into grammer – Read the rest of this entry

SBA 2010

Just had a good meeting with Sue Higgins of the Chamber of commerce. We worked with them last year to produce a series of 11 90sec shorts for their award ceremony, putting it together as one film and even operating on the night. This year we want it bigger.

Somerset Business Awards
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This is me

BBC News – One in four ‘works all day without break’ – survey

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Open Letter on Facilities

The following is a response to a Senior Manager asking about air conditioning in a specific room, and the use of Laptops to support students. It is always interesting how Management often doesn’t even talk to students or teachers about what they want – just impose specific principles regardless of the value to learning, often following the agendas of their own specific remit. If only meetings were about discussion..

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Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Volume I, by Charles Mackay

We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.

via Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Volume I, by Charles Mackay, 1852.

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Women in TV and Film

Pressure grows for action on ratio of women in TV industry | Maggie Brown | Media |

Speaking last night at the debate Women in Television – Is it a Young Girl’s Game? organised by Bafta and the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television festival, Shaps, now chairman of the National Film and Television School board, urged firm action on the issue.

Shaps, the only male panellist, said he was “horrified” by statistics compiled by Skillset, the sector’s training body, which show that 5,000 women have left the industry in the past two years, compared with just 750 men. Skillset also reported that women are finding freelance contracts and long hours incompatible with raising children.

He added that the issues of sexism and ageism had completely “slipped off the agenda”, because people in charge had assumed that they had been remedied years ago, and had moved on to concentrate on cultural diversity and the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Right is Might

Copyright is a hugely muddled area due to the fact it is constantly chasing technology. The problems we see now with digital distribution tend to be because the laws that govern it are based on old style Print Technology – not just a copy and paste jobby. Read the rest of this entry

Students don't think…

Schools don’t teach students to think independently, say admissions tutors | Education |

Its poll of 61 university tutors found that 50 of them believe schools are failing to prepare pupils for higher education because their teachers are distracted by constant government missives.

Undergraduates now arrive barely able to think independently – the quality the tutors rate most important.

Having witnessed this myself, oh yes. Pre 16 students tend not to be trusted to think or do anything, hence have no ownership of their own work. It takes us a year to break them of it at FE. Personally, I am sick of students so risk averse they will not do anything for fear of failing – and then fail for not doing anything! For god’s sake – let them fail! Let them make mistakes! Let them Learn!