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"Many Teachers Are Not 'Tech' People"

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash This post very much follows on from my previous post, especially with regards to some of the difficulties I've encountered with some of the Descriptions of Learning from the Science & Technology AoLE.  Last week a DCF coordinator from a primary school emailed me. Here's what it said: "I was just wondering if you could point our year 5 and 6 team in the direction of resources to support the AoLe statements: I can identify positive and negative design elements that affect user interactions. I can explain the importance of securing the technology I use and protecting the integrity of my data. I can explain how my data is used by services, which can help me make more informed decisions when using technology. I can explain how data is stored and processed. I thought I'd ask because you're probably already aware of lots of resources." So here's a primary school that is beginning to address the Science & Technology AoLE
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