Weekly news roundup – 7th March

This week BBC announces delivery date for micro:bit, academics argue AI can offer 1 to 1 tutoring, Samsung & V&A join forces for digital classroom initiative and a Fife school praised for digital learning practice which could be rolled out throughout Scotland.

Delayed micro:bit computers will be soon be delivered
The BBC have confirmed that the free coding computers will be shipped to Year 7 students across the UK from March 22. The micro:bit computers were original due to to delivered by October 2015 but “power problems with the board” caused delays.

Samsung and V&A launch mobile digital classroom
The Digital Classroom initiative offers workshops for 16-19 years old to provide practical skills and career advice in digital art and design. The workshops will go into the galleries, creating immersive and contextual learning. Making use of tablets, laptops and a specially commissioned mobile classroom, workshops can take place in front of the V&A’s treasures, providing inspiration for young artists and designers to use technology as a creative tool.

AI can offer 1:1 tutoring say academics but needs to be better funded
University College London’s Knowledge Lab argues that AI systems could simulate human one-to-one tutoring by delivering learning activities tailored to a student’s needs and providing targeted and timely feedback, all without an individual teacher present. However it argues that developments in this field are being held back by a lack of funding.

Digital learning in Fife school could be rolled out across Scotland
The digital learning being carried out at Kirkton of Largo Primary has been praised by inspectors. They will now work with the school to help share their learning practice more widely to support improvement at a national level.


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