The impact of social media and screen use on children


Bett Show – 24th to 27th January 2018

The annual Bett Show is the biggest British educational training and technology show and will be held at the Excel in London this year. This immense exhibition brings together 850 leading companies and 103 new edtech start ups from all over the world. It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate, seek knowledge and find inspiration about how innovation is changing the face of current education.

The mission of this event is to portray cohesion within the education sector and also teach one another about the modern technologies that are surfacing to give children and educators a new experience of learning, that enables them to fulfil their potential in their everyday work.

There will be talks held over the course of three days by various speakers. These will give you an insight into various companies and their technologies, to inspirational educational talks on how we as a society of education are shaping the future for upcoming generations. There will also be stands for each company, where you can get interactive with different technologies and learn more about the products that are available to enhance everyday learning experiences. More information about the show can be found here.

You can find Tyncan learning at stand A440 in partnership with Robotix. Come along and discover the TACO playbits, TACO robobricks, and PHIRO code. These are new technologies that encourage children from the ages of 3 to use technology as a source of fun, educational learning. More information about these can be found at the following website: Robotix

****COMPETITION TIME**** Over the 3 days that we are at the Bett show, you can enter into our competition by simply giving your contact details, with a chance to win a PHIRO unplugged.


10 benchmarks for Good Practice Science

Our range of Labdisc dataloggers are the ideal devices for  bringing practical experimenting into the classroom. Contact us for more information.

The Gatsby Foundation published the Good Practical Science Report by Sir John Holman which aims to transform the delivery of practical science education, helping secondary schools “achieve world class science education”. The report provides a framework for good practical science through a series of ten benchmarks, drawing on the need for adequate funding, a strong supply of expert science teachers and a curriculum, assessment and accountability system that encourages good teaching. The report concedes that the benchmarks are demanding and that “most schools are falling short of achieving world-class practical science measured in this way”.

The report includes wide-ranging recommendations for school leaders and for the wider education system. The recommendations for school governors and trustees include:

  • Recruiting, retaining and deploying specialist teachers – schools should take a strategic approach to get a better proportion of science subject specialists including recruitment, retention measures and CPD.
  • Valuing science technicians – Technicians should be valued as an integral part of the science department

For further guidance on the types of challenging questions that governors might ask senior leaders on the quality and provision of science education at your school, click here

$200 million for computer science

Today, the White House announced a $200 million per year commitment to computer science education in America’s schools. Unlike similar proposals in previous years, today’s action delivers funding to schools, immediately. Besides expanding access to computer science in schools that previously didn’t teach it, the funds promise to increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities.

This funding will jumpstart efforts to ensure every student in every U.S. school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part of a well-rounded education. For advocates of increased access and diversity in CS, this is the culmination of years of momentum that began in classrooms, spread to entire school districts, and won the support of business leaders and elected officials globally.

At a time when computing careers are the best-paying, fastest-growing, and largest sector of new wages, impacting every industry in every state, it is no longer acceptable for our schools to limit access to this foundational subject. Our children deserve a level playing field — the opportunity to learn computer science shouldn’t be limited by the color of a student’s skin or the neighborhood she lives in.

The UK, Japan, Ireland, and a dozen other countries have announced plans to add computer science to their school curriculum, and so have many individual states in the U.S.

And today, America leads in computer science, thanks to countless supporters of this cause, starting with you: parents, students, and teachers, as well as partner organizations and corporations. Whether you signed a petition on or used our courses in your classroom, you’ve helped build a grassroots movement that is changing education, globally.

Uniting for children, in divided times

The division in our country hurts us all. Amidst the politics, students represent our hope. We all want opportunity for our children, and there’s no better way to offer them opportunity than to prepare them for the careers of the future.

This movement has supporters across the political spectrum, whether in urban, suburban, or rural communities. We may be divided by our politics, but we’re united by our dedication to our children. has never endorsed any candidate, politician, or political party. We’ve worked closely with presidents and governors from both parties, and with international prime ministers, to advocate for opportunity. Like many others, we’re appalled by the divisiveness in today’s politics, at a time when we need collaborative solutions to the world’s problems. Given our education focus, we’re dismayed by proposed cuts to education budgets. And given our mission and focus on diversity, we unequivocally denounce the tone of racism that has entered the political sphere.

Today we have a chance to set aside politics and come together, to support opportunity for all our children, and to build the future.

This is still the beginning

For those of us who have spent years working to spread computer science, today’s announcement marks a new beginning — it’s a new opportunity for every school to expand its computer science offerings. This work is only just beginning, and the job won’t be done until every school steps up to teach high-quality computer science.

To the 600,000 teachers who have helped make computer science the fastest-spreading subject in modern education, I want to thank you for your passion.

And I encourage every educator to consider joining the computer science movement. Your students are our future. Whether you teach your students to add and subtract, to read and write, or to code, yours is the most important job in the world.

Today marks a special moment for every parent, student, teacher, or partner organization who believes in our mission, that every student in every school deserves the opportunity to learn computer science.

To all of you who have supported, today’s announcement is about something bigger than any politician or political agenda: it’s about our children and their future, and it’s about you, and the strength of our global movement for students. I hope you’ll share today’s great news.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Hadi Partovi

The Swiss Army Knife of data logging

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The Labdisc GenSci is an advanced science lab and data logger. It includes up to 15 wireless sensors so users can conduct a variety of science experiments right out of the box. Students can experiment with air pressure, ambient temperature, current, distance (motion), external temperature, GPS, light, microphones, pH, relative humidity, sound, universal input, and voltage.

The Labdisc is simple to use, both on its own and with GlobiLab’s free software. GlobiLab is compatible with PC, Chrome OS, Mac, iOS, and Android and connects via wireless Bluetooth or USB.

Quality and Effectiveness: The Labdisc GenSci is a well-constructed and extremely effective product for the K–12 science classroom. Because it works with a variety of platforms, it could find a home in any science teacher’s curriculum. The data logger has a 128K sample memory and 24K/second sampling rate, as well as a 150-hour charge life and large graphical LCD and GPS. All of these features, paired with the sensors and GlobiLab software, allow students and teachers to perform a variety of general science experiments in and out of the classroom in real time and longitudinally.

Ease of Use: The Labdisc GenSci is the “Swiss Army knife” of data loggers. Users simply turn it on, rotate the ring to select which sensor they’d like to use, and begin logging data. The LCD screen and keypad make it easy to select the experiment and watch the data being logged in real time. GlobiLab software features a full-color data display with a variety of meter types and easy-to-understand icons. Its multimedia features include markers and annotation functionality. Students can add text and images at key points along the graphs. Users can also manage files and export to spreadsheets, allowing for further analysis and presentation of the data.

Creative Use of Technology: The Labdisc unit is an extremely innovative use of technology. It packs a multitude of features into a lightweight, compact, and portable device. The unit’s universal sensor port can be used with third-party sensors teachers may already have from other vendors. In addition, the data that’s stored from all of the sensors is easily saved with the GlobiLab software’s file management feature. The GPS feature integrates with Google Maps so students can merge their sensor values and plot them over a Google Map. This allows students to zoom in and pan around the map to see the actual location of the data. This data can then be shared in a variety of ways with their classmates, as well as with students in other locations, to create global, collaborative, inquiry-based projects.

Suitability for Use in a School Environment: The Labdisc GenSci is a quality, purpose-built tool for the classroom. Multiple units can be purchased along with GenSci’s mobile science cart for secure charging and storage. Labdisc offers other units for environmental science, physics, biology, and chemistry that can be used as stand-alone units or mixed and matched in a cart to suit the needs of a school or district.


The Labdisc data logger is an excellent tool for teachers and students exploring and building upon inquiry-based learning. Labdiscs can be used in field experiments as well as in the classroom so students can have more real-world science experiences. The charger and 150-plus hours of battery life give users more than enough time to complete long-term data logging.


● The Labdisc is an all-in-one wired/wireless science lab with 15 sensors that can be carried in one hand for use in the classroom or out in the field.
● The free GlobiLab software enables deeper analysis and presentation of the data so students can get real-world results.
● All sensors are calibrated and ready for automatic testing, requiring no setup time.

Is this the future of Education in the UK

I understand the idea behind having a school uniform but this trend is in my view totally alien to any education system I would want to be part of. I have not been so upset by what we are doing to our chikdren for a long long time. As a life long educator I am so saddened by this.

Computers do not increase grades.

Hopefully all teachers are aware of this. However living in a digital world and also needing people who can program and work with developing new technologies it is important to have experience of technology as early as possible. The main take away for me in the article is that still successive governments have failed to invest in digital training for teachers. This has been the same since 1999 and the New Oportunities Funding (NOF) fiasco endearingly referred to as NAF training. We may well have elections to change parties in power but unfortunately who ever we vote for we get a government.

The article was written by Prof. Steve Higgins Durham University @profstig