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203: thinkfour online learning platform with Matthew Pearce

thinkfour is a free online virtual learning platform for Scottish Higher pupils which distils complex sections of the curriculum into four minute videos as presented by experienced teachers.

It is available to all children throughout Scotland and targeted at ages 14-17. Young people are able to upload their own versions of the videos which are vetted by teachers and there is a whole section dedicated to helping parents and carers support their children with their studies.

It is a collaboration between expert teachers, academic specialists in education, and a Glasgow-based award winning digital agency. This independent start-up was funded by The Glasgow Academy of which Matthew Pearce is Rector.

Website

thinkfour.org.uk/

Social Media Information

www.facebook.com/thinkfour

@think4scot

www.linkedin.com/thinkfour

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202: EduKit with Nathalie Richards

Nathalie Richards founded EduKit to help schools to ensure ALL students could access life-changing support in order to achieve their potential.

Now, 7 years on, over 150,000 students have taken EduKit Insight surveys and they have connected thousands of schools with impactful youth interventions via the free EduKit Connect service. And in the summer of 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, they worked with schools to launch a powerful Wellbeing mobile app to ensure that all children would have critical mental health and wellbeing support at their fingertips.

Nathalie has worked with young people for many years. After being bullied as a teenager, Nathalie decided she wanted no child to feel alone in dealing with a problem at home or School. She set up her social enterprise, EduKit, in 2014. Since then, she has enabled thousands of students to seek help and improve their mental health through EduKit’s online student wellbeing surveys and, more recently, the EduKit mobile app.

Nathalie is an experienced interviewee and speaker. She chaired the London Knife Crime Conference organised by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, sits on the Board of Virgin Unite and has mentored children and young people with ‘100 Black Men of London’ and ‘Young Enterprise.’

Website

www.edukit.org.uk

Social Media Information

@Edukitters

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201: Read Write Code with Jeremy Keeshin

Read Write Code written by Jeremy Keeshin, is a friendly introduction to the world of coding and explains why it is the new literacy.

Jeremy Keeshin is the CEO and Co-founder of CodeHS, the leading coding education platform for schools used by millions of students.

He is an expert in computer science education and education technology, and he has visited hundreds of schools all over the world. Prior to starting CodeHS, he taught computer science at Stanford.

Code is the new literacy.

Six hundred years ago, most people couldn’t read. In 1440, the invention of the printing press laid the groundwork for massive increases in literacy and ushered in the modern era.

Today, computers and the internet are causing a similar tectonic shift. Reading and writing are foundational skills, and in our digital world, coding is too.

But coding can be intimidating to learn. What is code? Where do you even start?

In Read Write Code, Jeremy Keeshin demystifies the world of computers, starting at the beginning to explain the basic building blocks of today’s tech: programming, the internet, data, apps, the cloud, cybersecurity, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and more.

Complex concepts are explained in friendly and engaging ways, with interactive examples and practical tips. This book is a must-read for modern educators and anyone who wants to understand why code matters today.

Website

readwritecodebook.com/

thekeesh.com

Social Media

www.linkedin.com/in/jkeesh/

www.twitter.com/jkeesh

Resources Mentioned

Essays and reading list

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Xientifica SOS, written by Daniel Phelps, is a unique children’s adventure for young people aged 8-12–adult. It’s ‘Where science meets adventure’. It’s not a science book, it is a children’s adventure novel which has science in it.’

Xientifica SOS provides a perfect platform for discussions and encourages children to ask questions, so is not only ideal for lone-reading or as a class book, but perfect for home schooling too.

Xientifica SOS can be bought on Amazon and is available on Kindle or in paperback 

Go to Amazon – or to find out more (and listen to extracts from the book) – go to Xientifica.com (with an X)…X I E N T I F I C A

Homepage: https://xientifica.com/

Twitter @xientifica

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200: What I have learned in 200 episodes of Education on Fire

I share the themes and insights I have discovered in the first 200 episodes of the Education on Fire podcast.

I chat about my learning experience at school from discovering my passion to becoming a professional musician.

I explore how some of these themes have shown themselves in my podcast and how we can share the wisdom of my guests with the children in our care.

www.EducationOnFire.com

199: Can you hear me now? with Suzanne DeMallie

Suzanne DeMallie has been striving to make a difference in education since 2005.

Her book Can You Hear Me Now? walks parents and teachers through everything they need to know to make a difference in their local district and beyond, from the most basic questions they should be asking to the most effective steps they can take to make their voices heard.

As a parent, Suzanne DeMallie fought a nationwide battle against bureaucracy for the simple, common sense idea that children in the back of a classroom should be able to hear their teacher.

Suzanne taught for seven years in the Baltimore County Public Schools system. Research into her own son’s learning difficulties led her to author the Classroom Auditory Learning Issues resolution, adopted by the National PTA in July 2007. Her work has appeared in Our Children Magazine, T.H.E. Journal, Towson Times, and The Baltimore Sun.

She has presented at the National School Boards Association’s Annual Convention; to national, state, and local PTA groups, and to politicians. Suzanne was awarded the National PTA’s Life Achievement Award in May 2007, the highest honor from the nation’s largest child advocacy organization.

Website

https://suzannedemallie.com

Social Media Information

www.linkedin.com/in/suzanne-demallie/

facebook.com/SDeMallie/

twitter.com/SuzanneDeMallie

Resources mentioned

The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

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Xientifica SOS, written by Daniel Phelps, is a unique children’s adventure for young people aged 8-12–adult. It’s ‘Where science meets adventure’. It’s not a science book, it is a children’s adventure novel which has science in it.’

Xientifica SOS provides a perfect platform for discussions and encourages children to ask questions, so is not only ideal for lone-reading or as a class book, but perfect for home schooling too.

Xientifica SOS can be bought on Amazon and is available on Kindle or in paperback 

Go to Amazon – or to find out more (and listen to extracts from the book) – go to Xientifica.com (with an X)…X I E N T I F I C A

Homepage: https://xientifica.com/

Twitter @xientifica

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The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Get a FREE e-copy of their professional journal at nape.org.uk/journal

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