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Globalizing education standards with ISO 21001

Ben Williamson Standards are everywhere but largely invisible. They define the production of things, from the size of a brick or the dimensions of a credit card to the programming languages used to code software, and act as rules for … Continue reading

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Assembling ClassDojo

A sociotechnical survey of a public sphere platform Ben Williamson The world’s most successful educational technology is ClassDojo. Originally developed as a smartphone app for teachers to reward ‘positive behaviour’ in classrooms, it has recently extended significantly to become a … Continue reading

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Super-fast education policy fantasies

Ben Williamson Image by CSCW In recent years the pace of education policy has begun to pick up speed. As new kinds of policy influencers such as international organizations, businesses, consultancies and think tanks have entered into educational debates and … Continue reading

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Performing data

‘Performance information’ in the Scottish Government national improvement plan for education Ben Williamson At the end of June 2016 the Scottish Government published a major national delivery plan for improving Scottish education over the next few years. Drafted in response … Continue reading

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Free schools and computing skills

Ben Williamson On 5 February Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, announced plans to open two new free schools that will focus specifically on computer programming skills. The schools are being founded by Ian Livingstone, the videogames entrepreneur who … Continue reading

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Digital governance of education

Ben Williamson Image: Jorge Franganillo Over the last decade or so, researchers of education policy have focused much attention on the role of numerical data in the ways that schools, teachers, and whole education systems are governed and managed. Less … Continue reading

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Digital education policy: big data, visualization and real-time analytics

Ben Williamson Digital technologies facilitate the generation, calculation and circulation of the data required to govern education. Seemingly objective statistical data are now being integrated into much educational policymaking, with schools and classrooms configured as ‘data platforms’ linked to vast … Continue reading

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