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Some thoughts on synthetic phonics based methods for the teaching of reading
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As the austerity agenda continues to bite hard working families and individuals on the arse, it's grest to know that some of us are more in this together than others. 
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Anyone with any interest in kids' reading should have a look at this latest blog post from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen. 
Here is a letter from Jim Rose (he of the Rose Report) published in yesterday's Guardian: While continuing to inveigh against so-called synthetic phonics, Michael Rosen now at least admits that "basic...
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So, The Guardian is reporting that G+ still doesn't appear to be taking the fight to Facebook & Twitter.
I was always quite strongly of the view that G+ could survive happily as a kind of middle way between the Big 2, but now it would seem that other social networks are making a bigger splash in the inbetween space.

Clearly Google have put a huge amount into the redesign of the mobile apps and all of the noises from Google HQ are sounding very committed to G+ being a core part of the company's strategy.

What would you do to sort these numbers?

http://m.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2012/may/18/google-plus-study-engagement?cat=technology&type=article
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Meh, these numbers sound bad simply because they are such a narrow view of peoples post habits. Extraordinarily flawed survey and reporting methods.

I say: ignore it.

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Thanks to +Kee Hinckley for sharing this little gem from @Roger Sherman on law enforcement in a world that seems to be slowly losing both its marbles and a sense of perspective.
 
Holy shit - this is very literally a case of police using a taser to torture a pregnant woman who wasn't doing anything except refusing to sign a speeding ticket.

This country is lost.

Via +Bob O`Bob
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This is stunning.
 
A timelapse of Planet Earth from the Elektro-L, a geostationary satellite orbiting 40 000 km above the Earth
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A new blog post on maths teaching
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A rather disturbing account of police officers overstepping the mark. 
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As the happy owner of a new pup, this issue of Les's blog resonated strongly. 
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If you read just one article about the future of the NHS, please make it this one. I'd encourage you to share, tweet, FB this; as a country we seem to have been rather quiet about the whole topic. 
Virgin Care have, as you may know, won a £650 million contract to run NHS community services in the county of Surrey for the next 5 years. They have, as I mentioned yesterday, been short listed for an...
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Mirror, mirror on the wall...
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For all the fancy bells and whistles, I mean it is very pretty to look at, I really think that the good folks at Google have rather dropped a bollock with the new app design for iPhone.

The font and picture sizings on the screen might look pretty, but when I'm reading something substantial the new expanded look means way too much scrolling. All of a sudden, a lot of utility is lost. It also means that what used to be a 30 second skim through my feed now takes much longer. This redesign actually devalues content... pretty detrimental for a content driven platform, I'd have thought!
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There are aspects that are growing on me, but am not convinced on the graphics-heavy stream. It's easy to be an armchair critic, but my preference would have involved more work in the navigation, perhaps via a really groovy graphical interface.

I'm aware that design has not traditionally been Google's ace card, but they've clearly shown that there's a desire to break away here. Here's the core of the problem - my preferred design philosophies dictate function over form. In it's present iteration, the redesign of the news stream has actually removed functionality for the sake of looking pretty. 
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