Fundamental to Steve's approach is the idea of getting intending teachers to question some of the theories and orthodoxies that they find in schools and elsewhere. A particular example is the unquestioning and simplistic adoption of learning styles theory as a way of defining how some children learn - vakuous (sic) in the extreme. Similarly, the 'if it's new, it must be good' approach to educational technology and the dismissing of older software and tools as being no longer valuable. A case in point - as an introduction to data handling, I still recommend Heather Govier's 1997 article on the MAPE website as a really useful analysis of educational software and children's learning. The programs she refers to are now literally obsolete (BBC B anyone?), but the thinking prompted by the article is invaluable. The article's message: deep thinking and deep learning is not necessarily prompted by tools with all the latest bells and whistles.
Finally, although I love Weebly (OK, maybe a bit strong), it is a bit frustrating that the site (and this blog) can only be edited on Flash-equipped devices. No way round it at the moment (though there is a Weebly iPhone app in the works), so I have set up tonypickford.livejournal.com as a way of doing some (almost) live blogging when I haven't got laptop or desktop to hand. First post is about a research symposium on Black, Minority and Ethnic Achievement.
And absolutely finally, http://bomomo.com is a truly weird visual toy for creating artworks - quite addictive