- Erik Duval on 'Future of interoperability: food for thought' - talking about standardisation of learning content
- Suw Charman Anderson on 'Social media and productivity' - what's the link between the two?
- 'The most ugly and useless infographic competition winners' from Information Aesthetics
- 'Life on the net is too short' by Harold Jarche
- Ina Fried on 'Marko, the 9-year-old systems engineer'
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I've recently joined the executive committee of the European Centre for Women and Technology, a Norway-based non-profit aiming to improve women's participation in the knowledge economy and the IT industry. ECWT organises numerous activities through its member companies and organisations across the EU, including:
- The European Directory for Women in Technology, a platform for women to network, find out more about training opportunities, and for organisations looking for e-Skilled women to find appropriate candidates.
- The gender component of e-Skills Week, as well as providing the national contact points for Portugal and France
- The Code of best practices, a voluntary agreement from IT companies such as Microsoft, Google, etc. The agreement commits them to implement a range of diversity practices, including the encouragment of girls and women in education and training, implement gender neutral recruitment policies and encourage work/life balance as well as family-friendly approaches.
Monday, January 18, 2010
INSPIRE report on motivating students to learn maths, science and technology using learning resources
The purpose was to challenge the lack of interest among students to start scientific studies and to extend the supply of scientific specialists and to develop a scientific culture in European countries.
During a period of ten months Inspire:
* Observed the impact of new teaching methods on pupils and on their motivation.
* Analysed the pre-requisites to be defined for enabling teachers to integrate these new techniques in their pedagogy.
* Identified the critical success factors to be mastered at the level of the teacher and the school for the generalization of such practices.
This report describes the final results of the research project, examining the impact of various digital learning resources on science teaching and learning.
Download the full report (PDF) or take a look online below.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Monday, January 04, 2010
Want some new ideas for science teaching and learning? Take a look at this selection of practices, specially picked by the STELLA science education research team. They've scoured the EU to identify some of the most successful approaches to science teaching, and presented them in a lively way. Some of the notable ones are teaching physics through karate, and using collaborative approaches such as eTwinning to liven up teaching with international experiences. The practices are selected on the basis of being easily transferable and replicable in different circumstances and cultures. The practices cover both primary and secondary education.
My colleagues Agueda Gras Valezquez, Caroline Kearney and I also co-wrote a paper to close the eBook looking at how ICT-based tools can improve students' motivation to learn science.