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Thinking deep: beyond the specification

Thinking deep: beyond the specification

The shift from the almost entirely knowledge & skills-based IGCSE in ICT course to the somewhat loftier heights of A levels and the IB diploma course, Information Technology in the Global Society (ITGS) can be a struggle for many students. As critical thinking,...
A final defence of ICT

A final defence of ICT

It has been over a month since it was announced that the ICT curriculum faced review, and I still don’t feel like it is being done well. The overwhelming majority of press coverage, including articles where industry experts are being questioned, seems to offer only...
Long-term learning: embracing the Cornell method

Long-term learning: embracing the Cornell method

For as long as I’ve been teaching content that requires more than a handful of notes, I have encouraged my students to use the Cornell method for note taking. When I arrived here in St Helena in September of last year, four weeks after the start of the academic year,...
The National Curriculum Review: first thoughts

The National Curriculum Review: first thoughts

That’s right, folks. It’s a typography joke. There has been an understandably frenzied response to the initial findings of the National Curriculum Review expert panel report that was released earlier this month, particularly from ICT teachers who are...
Critical thinking in the curriculum

Critical thinking in the curriculum

I read today about the resignation of renowned Classicist Professor Edith Hall from Royal Holloway due to the shrinking of budgets for the Humanities and what she described as having been pushed beyond her ‘tipping point’. It was fairly unremarkable Guardian article...