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HWRK Magazine: Issue 3 - Spring 2018

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TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM Embrace EdTech and engage the class Schools that fail to embrace technology in the classroom will find it increasingly difficult to capture the attention of children, according to Dr Patricia Davies, a senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. An expert in computer science, Dr Davies’ new book Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology says that while schools across the country are investing huge amounts of money in purchasing iPads and other digital tools for the classroom, teachers often do not know enough about the effect they have on children’s learning. “We are getting to the stage where learning in a traditional setting is becoming more and more boring for young people and children,” she told The Telegraph. “We run the risk of losing a lot of them because they are not engaged.” Analysing the children’s responses to the use of iPads, she discovered “it was easy for them to become disengaged and disinterested in classes that did not involve iPad use because ‘the lessons are boring and [we] find it hard to concentrate’.” She concluded that the “excitement of these new digital technologies has the potential to prompt novel ways of teaching and learning”. Four great teaching apps to add to your classroom experience 1. NEARPOD This app hosts tonnes of pre-made, fully-interactive lessons developed by subject matter for all school levels and subjects. 2. KAHOOT! A game-based learning platform with more than 40 million monthly active users in 180 countries. INNOVATION Teenage life saver Teenage inventor Baran Korkmaz picked up the Young Engineering Award at acclaimed The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair for the mobile app he designed to aid people in emergencies. Inspired by the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London last summer, the 15-year-old, who taught himself to code using the internet, invented iMAREC (Indoor Mobile Augmented Reality Evacuation and Communication) in the hope of helping people escape buildings in an emergency. Baran, from Highams Park School, explains how the app works. “Let’s say a user in the building wants to evacuate, they would simply launch the app and evacuate using the augmented reality to locate the nearest exit and also to where the nearest extinguisher might be”. The annual Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair celebrates science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK and is organized by non-profit company Engineering UK. Beth Elgood, from Engineering UK, added: “Baran really impressed the judges with his innovative project and we are excited to see what he comes up with next.” 3. GO NOODLE Promotes movement and exercise, getting kids out of their seats and allowing them to be energetic, playful and active. 4. MATIFIC A primary maths resource, it uses common objects in ordinary settings that children can connect to for a deep understanding. 5. WAKELET Allows you to quickly organise and share handpicked content with your students, set digital assignments, and create stunning portfolios. 14 // HWRK MAGAZINE // Spring 2018 hwrkmagazine @hwrk_magazine

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