Reading: not doing it enough is killing us. Mar 11th

Reading: not doing it enough is killing us. – deangroom.wordpress.com/ During the primary years, schools have proven themselves adept at teaching children to read.  Great news for primary school teachers and children. Reading is the key skill humans use to access new information and in modern hyper-connected, Bluetooth, streaming social society (some call Junk Culture) […]
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Video games and parenting: the unfocused problem Dec 2nd

Video games and parenting: the unfocused problem – deangroom.wordpress.com/ It’s almost impossible to be a parent and not know what a video game is. I’d argue the vast majority of parents take a stance on video games, as they do on television watching. Parents action the play of video games on the same continuum as […]
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Digital Sunscreen – What does your school do? Oct 16th

Digital Sunscreen – What does your school do? – deangroom.wordpress.com/ I haven’t posted anything for ages. I’ve been thinking about ‘the digital diet’ and what’s missing in that discourse. The DD is all about what kids are doing in the time they spend with screens (good and bad) and how to try and come up […]
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Pokemon Go re-ignites ‘addiction’ debate – and it’s wrong. Jul 31st

Pokemon Go re-ignites ‘addiction’ debate – and it’s wrong. – deangroom.wordpress.com/ Saying Pokemon Go is fun – is like saying jogging uses energy. Most people, including me, are pro-fun and play. In this post, I want to look at why you shouldn’t re-subscribe to the ‘addiction’ debate about video games, simply because this game has […]
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Let’s break it down MSMC Edu Jun 12th

Let’s break it down MSMC Edu – deangroom.wordpress.com/ When I wrote a post about why I believe the Microsoft Minecraft Education Edition needs scrutiny, I knew that those whom have seen value in associating themselves with it, would probably prefer I shut up or rebuff my post. Fair enough, people are free to have their […]
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Buy me: I’m great for learning Jan 23rd

Buy me: I’m great for learning – deangroom.wordpress.com/ Following on from yesterday’s rant about “Minecraft: Educational Edition”, I awoke to find more ‘details’. I’d like to go over this. As I said yesterday, I believe at this point, this is nothing more than another attempt by a technology giant to use ‘teacher frontage’ to mask […]
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Buy me: I’m great for learning Jan 21st

Buy me: I’m great for learning – deangroom.wordpress.com/ Following on from yesterday’s rant about “Minecraft: Educational Edition”, I awoke to find more ‘details’. I’d like to go over this. As I said yesterday, I believe at this point, this is nothing more than another attempt by a technology giant to use ‘teacher frontage’ to mask […]
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Why do teachers talk at all? Aug 29th

Why do teachers talk at all? – deangroom.wordpress.com/ In an era where the Internet seemingly has all the answers, why do teachers spend so much time talking to students? The answer is of course complex and unresolved in totality, but we do know why teachers feel as though they should lecture students. One is the […]
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Why pen and paper are imaginative tools Apr 4th

Why pen and paper are imaginative tools – deangroom.wordpress.com/ Recently, I’ve been working on a class technology project which aims to help kids understand how creative projects come about and the processes that designers go through to generate ideas and turn those ideas into prototypes. This is foundational in middle school technology, a cycle of […]
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Why isn’t that kid on task! Apr 2nd

Why isn’t that kid on task! – deangroom.wordpress.com/ Student engagement is such as hot topic these days. With a wave of the Magic iWand, today’s youth can move from work avoider to engaged entrepreneur according to the buzzy world of edtech. It seems every off-task work avoider can be won over, if only we knew a […]
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