A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

August 22, 2013
by Jean
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Children do not do enough exercise

A report has just been published by researchers at University College, London, led by Professor Carol Dezateux. It suggests that seven year olds do not do enough exercise and that there are differences between girls and boys in terms of exercise.

You can read the BBC coverage of the research here – BBC report

At this link you can access the media coverage from TV, radio and the print media. It would be useful to you to read these and compare how each source treats the story. How is coverage different? Look at writing style, word choice and use of facts and statistics in each source.

You might also try to find the original report – as a university student it is this primary source that you would want to read, rather then the secondary sources above.

August 22, 2013
by Jean
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Children need more exercise

This week a report was published by researchers at University College London, led by Professor Carol Dezateux, suggesting that seven year olds do not do enough exercise. Difference were also highlighted between the amount of exercise that girls and boys do.

You can read the BBC summary and discussion here – BBC article

When you are studying at university you will develop your awareness of how educational issues and research are reported in the media. At this link you can find links to a number of media sources that have discussed this report. You could read each of these and try to identify differences in the way the issue has been reported. Think about the style of writing, the word choice and the way facts and statistics are used by different sources.

UCL report on children’s exercise – media sources

As a university student you would go to the primary source to read and consider the research, rather than relying on media reports of it.

 

 

August 8, 2013
by Jean
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Safe use of social media

This summer various incidents have made us think about the safety and etiquette of using social media in its various forms. As people involved in education and working with children and young people we have a role to play in this.

You can read more about the government approach through the national curriculum and Safer Internet Day here: Child Internet Safety

You can read some suggestions and analysis of their likely effectiveness here: Six ideas for making social media safe

How does this issue affect you in your professional role?

How does it affect you personally?

August 8, 2013
by Jean
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Cyber safety

This summer the issues around etiquette and safety when social networking in its various forms have been highlighted by a number of worrying incidents. As always schools and educators have a vital role to play in this.

You can read more about the government approach to this through the National Curriculum and Safer Internet Day here: Internet Safety

You can read some practical suggestions and analysis of their likely effectiveness here: Six ideas for making social media safe

How does this affect you in your professional role and in your personal role?

August 2, 2013
by Jean
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Preparing to study

With only a few weeks until you start your degree now is a good time to think about your learning. If you have got hold of this recommended book there are some chapters you can look at to help with this.

The first sections about preparing for university or managing yourself for study (depending on which edition you have) is the one to look at.

August 2, 2013
by Jean
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Teacher vs tutor

There’s an interesting programme on Radio 4 at the moment – Teacher versus tutor. Its exploring the differences between tutors employed by parents to give their children extra tuition and support offered in schools.

You can read about it here – Teacher vs tutor

And you can listen to it on iplayer.

Have you encountered children who are being tutored at home?

What are the implications for children’s learning?