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Teaching - It’s Risky Business at High Tech High

Cara Littlefield
Monday, 18 January 2016 - 2:07pm

Teachers at High Tech High in San Diego, California are not part of teacher's unions. They do not have long term contracts. If staff do not perform, they are not re-hired. They do not receive high pay (I personally took an almost $10,000 pay cut just to work at High Tech). And there certainly isn’t a lack of accountability; High Tech High teachers have people in their classrooms on a regular basis. In a typical month you may have parents, principals, school founders, board members and/or visitors from around the world popping into your room. These visits often come with little to no...

Data visualisation: A tool for social change and civic engagement

Eunji Kang
Thursday, 7 January 2016 - 11:52am

“We need more transformers who take social data into shareable public spaces towards fostering a better understanding of our neighbours, communities and societies"

A while ago, I read an article entitled ‘DataViz - The Unempathetic Art.’ The article asks how empathy might be reintroduced into data visualisation and how data can be represented with an empathetic framing. This interesting line of enquiry reminded me of my personal experience of moving from data visualisation in the private sector to data...

Is 2015 really the year we ended austerity?

Matthew Horne
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 - 9:55am

On the 25 November the government announced its 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement. This set out the economic forecasts and - crucially when considering transformative services - the spending assumptions of the UK government in education, health and care, and local public services from 2015-2019/20.

The headlines the following day were interesting: 'The end of austerity' (Telegraph); 'Osborne swaps axe for tax as he retreats on cuts and pivots to centre' (FT); '...