Serif in Education

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Last week whilst browsing through the news, I came across an article which really caught my eye. The story was all about a teacher in America who spends his 25-minute lunch break drawing creative masterpieces on a whiteboard, and they really are quite incredible! Gregory Euclide works at a school in Minnesota River Valley and began creating these pieces of art as a form of stress relief…

Freedom in learning

I recently read with interest a blog about giving students some freedom in their learning. It linked back to the fact that Google and 3M offer their employees sizeable chunks of time to work on their own projects, and discussed whether the same idea could work in schools…

Serif student success

To start with a song line, some people get a kick from champagne (and if we’re honest this may well apply to some of us too). But when it comes to things that make your day, we’re constantly in awe of the examples of student work using Serif software that …

Collaborative learning: unlocking a new era in education

Historically, classic ‘instructional’ models for the classroom have tended to concentrate on individual processes of learning, but in the interests of readying students for the world of work, collaboration is playing an increasing role in education. After all, there are many more careers which require team-work than there are solitary …

ICT…a rose by any other name?

I read with interest the other day a blog post from Matt Britland, head of ICT at Kingston Grammar School, raising the question should ICT, now that it must include some degree of computer science, be renamed? Information Communication Technologies has been part of the curriculum since the early 1980s …

No homework today – by order of HRH

You’ve got to admire the bravery of Year 8 pupil, Michael Hare. When Prince Edward visited Lagan College in Belfast the other week, the courageous lad approached His Royal Highness and asked him to sign a royal pardon which would have pardoned all Year 8 pupils from any homework not done. Whilst the Prince merely looked at it and unfortunately for Michael, didn’t sign it…

The Blue School encourages entrepreneurial skills

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Preparing students for the workplace is something that we at Serif feel strongly about. A rounded education should not only provide students with skills to help them progress in the workplace, but it should also enthuse them about potential future careers. I recently spoke to Ian Ramsden, team leader …

Software development – is it for you?

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Whilst a previous blog post I’ve written has been about the fact that the new focus of programming in schools shouldn’t be at the expense of the softer skills, it’s clear that UK Plc is crying out for high quality programmers in order to compete in a highly competitive …

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