What we've been reading, week 40

October's here, and so's our weekly best of the web reading list. Here are the education stories, subjects and news you need to know about.

The computing curriculum four years on

I do not think that simply digitising an emerging workforce is the way forward. These are not the skills that are going to enable our students to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.

First up our very own Stuart Swann, former teacher and pi-top's Learning Experience Designer, has a great article in Education Technology Magazine as part of a series looking at four years of the computing curriculum. You can read it for free here.


Kids’ brainpower tied to exercise, sleep and limited screen time

Kids need to be sleeping nine to 11 hours a night for their cognitive development to be optimal.

Who knew! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Well, most parents probably. An interesting piece in the New York Times about a new study (full report in The Lancet here) looking into children's cognitive development.

Empathy is tough to teach...

...but is one of the most important life lessons. With so-called 'soft skills' being critical for today's learners, this piece on KQED examines the role of empathy in learning. From the article, 'children have opportunities to learn empathy from their parents, but also from their teachers and peers.' Well worth a read.

Breaking the mould: Fostering diversity in innovation

Finally, tickets are still available for this NESTA event on the 5th November exploring diversity in innovation. If Bonfire Night's not your thing.

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