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(Sub)cultures

January 22, 2012

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The difference between a culture and its subculture fascinates me; “A subculture is a group of people with a culture (whether distinct or hidden) which differentiates them from the larger culture to which they belong.” In my opinion, the label of subculture tends to be accurate only for a very short time before it has built upon its own ideas […]

Lightning Talks at Dev8D 2012

January 19, 2012

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In a previous post, I skimped on the details about the lightning talk strand at Dev8D. Time to sort that out, starting with a definition of “why”. Lightning talks should provide enough information, presented concisely, to interest, inform, bootstrap and otherwise start people talking about something. A 3 to 5 minute talk with or without […]

Only 3 out of 28,000 teachers awarded QTS in 2010 have computer-related degree? Er, no.

January 18, 2012

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Just before Michael Gove delivered his speech at BETT 2012 on the forthcoming (and huge) changes to the way IT is treated as a subject in schools, there were many articles published about the dire situation of IT trained teachers. Most rested on a statistic that only 3 teachers out of 28 thousand had any […]

Dev8D – Rules of Engagement (DRAFT!)

January 9, 2012

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Global Rules for Dev8D: Discussions rather than presentations. Collaborative workshops rather than presentations. ‘Doing‘ is hugely preferred to ‘Looking’. Specific points, URLs, topics and/or code preferred to powerpoint slides. A session ends when you want it to end. † If you feel a tech discussion is broadly applicable/important/interesting/funny to others, make sure to add it to […]