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ICT as the Muses’ birdcage

In the 4th century BC the Ptolemies of Alexandria began throwing money at the arts. They saw engagement in the arts as a means of establishing power and prestige, and through their investment Alexandria began to flourish as a centre of culture. At the heart of this...
Engagement & ICT

Engagement & ICT

“So what do you teach?” “ICT.” “Oh, well at least the kids must find that interesting.” – Opening to half a dozen conversations I’ve had with non-teachers. We’re not in the ‘90s anymore, and sitting a kid in front of a computer generates little more...

On the Rose reforms, and kicking up a stink

I was interviewed by a freelance journalist for a TES article recently, and was told that our LA ICT advisor was unhappy with the comment I gave on the Rose reforms. “Good ICT is very difficult to teach, and rarely gets beyond skills building, or ‘trivial pursuits’ in...
Why so slow, Joe?

Why so slow, Joe?

I’m a pretty technologically savvy guy. I teach ICT (which is no measure in itself, though in fairness I only qualified last year), I’m reasonably good at using well over half of the Adobe Creative Suite products, have been able to HTML code since...