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Online and at risk: why cyber safeguarding needs to step up

By guest blogger Matt Walker, Senior Research Manager

The internet can bring many benefits to children and young people, but the now almost daily stories in the media remind us that children also face risks and dangers online – from cyberbullying and sexting, to illegal file-sharing and incautious use of personal information. Continue reading


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Buzz, badges and leader boards – just what is gamification anyway?

By Carlo Perrotta of Futurelab at NFER

In my previous post I discussed the tension between innovation and formal schooling, and in our recent report we consciously kept to discussion of evidence relating to game-based learning in the context of formal schooling. However we did a lot of thinking about the broader topic of gamification and I thought it would be worthwhile to set out some of our thoughts here as a way of developing discussion on this area. Continue reading


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Gamification: an awkward new kid on the education block?

By Carlo Perrotta of Futurelab at NFER

We recently published a report that reviews the latest evidence about game-based learning and explores (possible) future directions. With this post, I would like to share some of the “behind the scenes” considerations that took place while we were appraising the literature. Continue reading