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Shiny doesn’t always mean best – but finding diamonds that make a real difference is key

brenBren Taylor, Senior Education Consultant

Over this last year, I have both written and spoken much about ensuring your spend on technology provides the impact you expected and hoped for. I’ve continually argued that technology development plans must be linked to your school improvement plan, and if not, it is nothing more than an unaffordable luxury. I’ve helped schools unpick what has been historically spent and looked for ways to maximise impact going forward.

 

 

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I want to be a computer scientist…says none of our young people

brenBren Taylor, Senior Education Consultant

Houston, we have a problem,” is a quote historically inaccurate, yet forgiven as, “close enough,” referring to an incident solved by brilliant minds applying simple science to a complex yet ultimately binary problem, the resolution of which ultimately decided the fate of Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise. That problem shared, problem solved, quite literally saved the lives of this now infamous Apollo 13 crew.

 

 

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2020 Prediction Bingo

brenBren Taylor, Senior Education Consultant

I’m sure many of us have played the conference keynote/staff meeting/seminar bingo game. You know the one – where you write a list of all the phrases and buzzwords that you think will be spoken by the presenter and then tick them off with a smirk on your face as they duly deliver said items.

 

 

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And on to the main course – (hygiene rating pending)

brenBren Taylor, Senior Education Consultant

At the end of my first blog this academic year, I posed a question… “How do we ensure our pupils are truth seekers and enabled to perform effectively in that role, and are we equipped, sufficient in knowledge ourselves, to meet that challenge?”  In The Hors D’oeuvres for Truth, I considered the foundations to be laid, so necessary before providing the tools and materials in a quest to construct pillars of truth, on ground prepared that sand cannot be part of.

 

 

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The hors d'oeuvres for truth

brenBren Taylor, Senior Education Consultant

Last month I asked a simple question – is the quest for truth at the centre of your curriculum? I didn’t explore the answer in detail, certainly not in terms of how one might design a curriculum that when implemented successfully, provides the foundations required to develop a truth-seeking, curious, inquisitive and questioning new generation - equipped to survive, thrive and prosper in a post-digital age.

 

 

 

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