Monthly Archives: October 2012

A short and winding road on Raasay


My brother, silhouetted against Loch Na Meilich, Raasay

I’ve contributed some recollections to the Guardian’s family section, for a regular section called ‘playlist’.

I wrote about the significance of a fiddle tune called ‘Calum’s Road’, and a trip to Raasay to see the eponymous road with my family for my father’s 60th birthday.

Full text can be found after the fold.

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Infographic: what can I study with A-levels like these?

A screenshot of the working interactive infographic

I worked with Telegraph designer Mark Oliver and developer Jack Kempster to create this interactive tool which displays the academic backgrounds of students accepted onto the most popular degree courses.

Each subject has been plotted along two axes – from science to art, and from linguistic to numerical. So, for example, physics rates highly for science and is more numerical than linguistic so is plotted in the far bottom-left corner. The size of the circle indicates the proportion of accepted students with an A-level in that subject.

The graphic is best viewed on the Telegraph website here.

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Who is teaching our children to code?

I’ve just finished a 1200 word feature on the sorry state of ICT education in the UK for the Telegraph’s education section. Many thanks to Mark Surman, executive director of Mozilla, and Iain Livingstone, president of Eidos, for their help.

Young Rewired State, Code Club and Apps for Good do fantastic work, and since the article went live a lot of others have contacted me about their own outreach projects, including the London Borough of Havering which is encouraging its year 2s to download the visual programming language Scratch at home.

Full text of the article is on the Telegraph’s website here, or after the fold.

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