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Why I love Chicks with Bricks

Today the wonderfully named ‘Chicks with Bricks’ – a group celebrating women in construction roles and industries – are having a celebration event.Unfortunately I can’t make it this time but I went to one not so long ago, meeting a vast range of women, and men, working on major and not so major projects, and all with great stories to tell. It was a...

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D&T teachers CPD survey

Published in September 2010, this summary of an online survey looks at design and technology (D&T) teachers’ attitudes towards CPD.The full collection of STEM Learning impact and evaluation research reports can be viewed here. 
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STEM Learning Magazine: Post-16 and FE - Spring 2016

Under the banner of Building a successful network, Dr Katherine Forsey and Sue Churm consider how to create a technical network and how to get the most from it, Jenny Phillips explores the challenges FE practitioners face and Ed Walsh explains what the teacher recognition scheme has to offer.Mathematics Specialist...
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Efforts to increase students’ interest in STEM studies and careers: National measures taken by 30 countries, 2015 report

This publication is the latest in a series of reports about national efforts to increase students’ interest in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.  The report is the result of an analysis of country responses to a survey launched in the summer of 2015, addressing...
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Hinge-point questions (HPQs) shared by learners on the Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching course

These hinge-point questions (HPQs - or more accurately, attempts at writing HPQs) were collected during Weeks 3 and 4 of past runs of the free online Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching course led by Dylan William, Chris Harrison and Andrea Mapplebeck.HPQs are a particular case of diagnostic...
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16 December 2016

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Peer Reviewing Hinge-Point Questions: Exemplars

To support you in writing your feedback we have provided four example responses to Step 3.8, with feedback. Take account of the examples when you provide your own feedback, but at the same time, don’t treat these as “model peer reviews”. You may also find it useful to remind yourself with the quizzes...
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06 March 2016

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Unit 10: Group work videos

Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching and Learning in Secondary SchoolsUnit 10: Group workDfES 0433-2004 GReproduced with permission.Reference in Unit 10TitlePreviewDownload10aGroup work in primary schoolsPreviewDownload10bSnowballPreviewDownload10cSetting ground rulesPreviewDownload10dIntroducing group tasks...
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14 March 2016

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Dylan William and Chris Harrison Q and A session

As part of Week 4 of the free online Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching course a Question and Answer session was held at the National STEM Learning Centre on Wednesday 16th March. The session was faciliated by Andrea Mapplebeck. Below you can find:A recording of Episode 1 with subtitlesA...
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30 March 2016

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How to utilise 3D printing in the classroom

It’s in the news every week, school children are talking about it, most people in technology have probably heard about it, but what exactly is 3D printing?Critics are saying it’s the next industrial revolution that’s due to change how the manufacturing industry operates. Industry leaders claim 67% of manufacturers in the UK are already using 3D printers in...

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