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Valerie Thompson
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Valerie Thompson

Education Chertsey, GB
I have run a national education charity for the last 12 years. Our mission is that every school age child in the UK should have access to the learning technologies they need when and where they want to learn. At home as well as in the classroom (and not the ICT Suite!) I have also started building resources for parents to help them help their children's learning via a learning portal www.goodforlearning.org.uk . Schools can buy this for £99 and grant access to all families via the school VLE, or parents can go direct.

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Chief Executive
Qualifications:
  • Joint Hons Psychology & Zoology (Animal Behaviour)
  • Cardiff University MBA
  • City University Business School (now called Cass)
Working for:
e-Learning Foundation ( www.e-learningfoundation.com )

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03Dec
How can I introduce an educational element to my child's screen time?

You might be surprised how much children are learning from their screen anyway! However, if you want to make sure that there is an education benefit, ...

28Oct
Should technology replace teachers?

I heard this from someone in the USA: "Technology will never replace teachers, but teachers who use it will replace those who don't"!

28Oct
Can technology delay toddler development?

Parents have been parking their children in front of a television set for years while they get on with their everyday tasks. In contrast a lot of ...

28Oct
What is the right age to start looking for a tutor for you child?

The need for a tutor is an individual decision, so before we damn the intervention of additional educational support for a child on moral principles, ...

22Aug
Should schools replace textbooks with tablets?

The question of equality of access to any new education resources is core to the debate. But let's remember that this year English schools hold £900 ...

21Aug
Should schools replace textbooks with tablets?

Schools may not have a choice! Publishers are increasingly converting all their textbook materials to digital formats, whether they be as apps, other ...

02Jul
Does auto-correct help kids learn how to spell?

Research has shown that spelling a word wrongly and then not having it corrected quickly, embeds the wrong spelling in the learners memory. Prompt ...

02Jul
Should kids be taught e-mail etiquette?

Of course! An important element of formal education should be preparation for adult life, and currently email is probably the main way we grown-ups ...

08May
Is anyone using online learning subscription sites with your children at home?

In the UK there is a growing choice available to parents who want to support their children's learning. My charity has partnered with Autology to ...

18Apr
Where do you look for free e-books?

One great source is the collection of 42,000 free e-books from Project Gutenberg at [http://www.gutenberg.org/](http://www.gutenberg.org/)

10Apr
How can technology help kids to organise school work?

There are a number of ways that technology can help kids organise their homework and timetable, including Apps for their phone or computer. A good ...

05Mar
My 10 year old son has been told he needs an ipad for school is it just me or is this just a lazy approach to teaching?

This conversation contains just about every concern we, as a charity, have come across in 12 years of helping schools provide every pupil with their ...

04Mar
Do teenagers use and produce online reviews?

The joy of teenagers is that they always surprise you. Take a look at [www.fanfiction.net](http://www.fanfiction.net) where for over a decade young ...

25Feb
Should schools be ditching computers?

School life is preparation for adult life. The better qualified the child, and the more skills they acquire, the better prospects they will have. And ...

21Feb
Are unconnected kids educationally disadvantaged?

The 700,000 children who cannot go on-line at home remain a challenge to providing an educational level playing field. They cannot research, revise, ...

20Feb
Do you think mothers are more inclined to get their hands dirty in children's education than fathers ?

The answer is a resounding yes. The vast majority of feedback we get from children talks about their mother's involvement. But as the other comments ...

20Feb
Do school-to-home websites favour tech savvy families?

I totally agree that many schools could do so much more to help parents support their children's learning. And a one size fits all approach will ...

Q: Should technology replace teachers?

A: I heard this from someone in the USA: "Technology will never replace teachers, but teachers who use it will replace those who don't"!

3 years ago

Q: Can technology delay toddler development?

A: Parents have been parking their children in front of a television set for years while they get on with their everyday tasks. In contrast a lot of ...

3 years ago

Q: What is the right age to start looking for a tutor for you child?

A: The need for a tutor is an individual decision, so before we damn the intervention of additional educational support for a child on moral principles, ...

3 years ago

Q: Should schools replace textbooks with tablets?

A: Schools may not have a choice! Publishers are increasingly converting all their textbook materials to digital formats, whether they be as apps, other ...

3 years ago

Q: Does auto-correct help kids learn how to spell?

A: Research has shown that spelling a word wrongly and then not having it corrected quickly, embeds the wrong spelling in the learners memory. Prompt ...

3 years ago

Q: Should kids be taught e-mail etiquette?

A: Of course! An important element of formal education should be preparation for adult life, and currently email is probably the main way we grown-ups ...

3 years ago

Q: Is anyone using online learning subscription sites with your children at home?

A: In the UK there is a growing choice available to parents who want to support their children's learning. My charity has partnered with Autology to ...

3 years ago

Q: Where do you look for free e-books?

A: One great source is the collection of 42,000 free e-books from Project Gutenberg at [http://www.gutenberg.org/](http://www.gutenberg.org/)

3 years ago

Q: How can technology help kids to organise school work?

A: There are a number of ways that technology can help kids organise their homework and timetable, including Apps for their phone or computer. A good ...

3 years ago

Q: My 10 year old son has been told he needs an ipad for school is it just me or is this just a lazy approach to teaching?

A: This conversation contains just about every concern we, as a charity, have come across in 12 years of helping schools provide every pupil with their ...

3 years ago

Q: Do teenagers use and produce online reviews?

A: The joy of teenagers is that they always surprise you. Take a look at [www.fanfiction.net](http://www.fanfiction.net) where for over a decade young ...

3 years ago

Q: Should schools be ditching computers?

A: School life is preparation for adult life. The better qualified the child, and the more skills they acquire, the better prospects they will have. And ...

4 years ago

Q: Are unconnected kids educationally disadvantaged?

A: The 700,000 children who cannot go on-line at home remain a challenge to providing an educational level playing field. They cannot research, revise, ...

4 years ago

Q: Do you think mothers are more inclined to get their hands dirty in children's education than fathers ?

A: The answer is a resounding yes. The vast majority of feedback we get from children talks about their mother's involvement. But as the other comments ...

4 years ago

Q: Do school-to-home websites favour tech savvy families?

A: I totally agree that many schools could do so much more to help parents support their children's learning. And a one size fits all approach will ...

4 years ago

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