Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Early Years of the BBC’s Broadcasts to Schools

One could say that ‘wireless education’ in the form of radio broadcasts to schools was the first type of ‘distance learning’ in the UK. With a mission ‘to inform, educate and entertain’, the broadcasts began with an experimental radio broadcast to … Continue reading

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Adventures of the feathered kind

Two recent additions to the Education in Literature Collection  both feature birds – a pair of Tawny Owls and a Magellan penguin! Two Owls at Eton by Jonathan Franklin was originally published in 1960 whilst he was still a pupil … Continue reading

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Learning outdoors and open-air schools

I am writing this on a beautiful sunny day with the temperature is forecast to rise to 17 degrees. I can’t help but think there will be a lot of outdoor learning taking place in schools throughout the country.   … Continue reading

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Changes to how visitors get IOE Library cards coming into effect 1st July 2017

The number of visits to the IOE Library has increased by 70% since the merger of IOE with UCL. While it is fantastic that our library is so popular the huge increase in visitors has inevitably meant we have had … Continue reading

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Disruption to Library Systems

Disruption to library systems, 5th May 2017 Updated 16:30 Following the major outage to one of the ISD datacentres on Friday 5 May, affected library systems are being migrated to an alternative datacentre. If you experience further problems with IT … Continue reading

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How learning languages makes you smart, successful – and a better citizen

Speaking foreign languages has obvious practical and intellectual advantages, and most of you will have noticed press reports that it is also beneficial for your brain, possibly even staving off dementia. The effects on your cognitive ability and memory are easy to … Continue reading

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