Author Archives: Dan Gardner

Dr Reena Pau: Helping to narrow the gender gap in Computing

I had a very constructive informal meeting with Dr Reena Pau at the University of Southampton today. We discussed my project to encourage more girls to study GCSE Computer Science, particularly in the next academic year. Survey Data The most … Continue reading

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Narrowing the Gender Gap: Encouraging girls to take GCSE Computing

As part of a Middle Leader Development Programme I am currently enrolled in, I have been asked to identify some work I can do at school under the title “Narrowing the Gap”. Since we have implemented so many changes to … Continue reading

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Girls and Computer Science

I am really pleased that so many students at Perins are choosing to follow the OCR GCSE Computing course. Here are the numbers in each GCSE year (the school runs GCSE courses over 3 years): Year 11: 20 boys / … Continue reading

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GCSE Computer Science: OCR or AQA?

GCSE Computer Science: OCR or AQA? I thought I should share my limited experience of the two GCSE Computer Science courses that many UK schools are considering for first delivery in September 2012. At the start of this academic year … Continue reading

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Giving up a smartphone for lent

Over the February half-term break I spent an amazing week in Morocco. For a variety of reasons I didn’t take my iPhone 3GS with me. When I got back and switched the iPhone back on, it got stuck in some … Continue reading

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Computer Science vs Information Technology vs Digital Literacy

I was inspired to put my thoughts down on virtual paper by a recent blog post from Joe Roy. He included the image (below) from the 2012 Royal Society report “Shut down or restart?” that suggests dividing ICT into “Computer … Continue reading

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Creativity in Schools (and how ICT might fit in)

I had an interesting discussion with my better half this evening about ADHD. She works at a local Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) office. When one family missed an appointment to discuss a child and ADHD today, the … Continue reading

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Twitter Test

I would like to set the new Perins school website to “tweet” when a news story is added. This is a test from my personal wordpress account (with schoolblogger) and my personal twitter account. Using the “WP to Twitter” plugin … Continue reading

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Computing At Schools – Guildford Hub Meeting

A late but inspiring evening spent at the University of Surrey for the Guildford Hub Meeting of Computing At School (CAS). Some of the highlights were… 1) A demonstration of the educational java development environment “Greenfoot” from project project developer … Continue reading

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Guardian Tech Weekly podcast: Tech City Talk – Skills and Education

I often listen to this interesting podcast, but this week’s show (the first “Tech City Talk” episode) could not be more relevant to ICT teachers! http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/audio/2011/oct/12/tech-weekly-tech-city-skills-education-audio In this 40 minute podcast from Imperial College London, a panel discusses the role … Continue reading

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