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Zero Waste is for life, not just for EWWR!

November 19th, 2020 by Angela Rees
The last week of November 2020 is European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) which is organised by our Circular Economy for Youth project partners ACR+ Working with some local community partners in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Pontydysgu’s CEYOU project has supported the setting up of a brand new circular economy initiative Zero Waste Cynon. Their website...

Social Media Resilience

November 18th, 2020 by Angela Rees
It has been a whirlwind couple of months with bid writing and project work and I’m slowly getting back on top of it all, which means I can finally announce a new media literacy project – Social Media Resilience Toolkit or SMaRT-eu which seems particularly timely in this age of conflicting and confusing health advice,...

New report on Artificial Intelligence in Vocational Education and Training

July 31st, 2020 by Angela Rees

The Taccle AI project has launched it’s 74 page report exploring the use of AI in policy, process and practice in VET. For VET teachers and trainers, there are many possible uses of AI including new opportunities for adapting learning content based on student’s needs, new processes for assessment, analysing possible bottlenecks in learners’ domain understanding and…

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Youth Circular Economy Initiatives are Growing in Pontypridd

June 26th, 2020 by Angela Rees
In 2019, young people and students from Europe and all over the world began to take to the streets to demand action to halt environmental and climate change. On one day of action in March organizers said there were more than 2,000 protests in 125 countries. The student movement was inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg,...

Chatbot for Career Chat

May 11th, 2020 by Angela Rees
Pontypridd company’s CareerChat chatbot project selected as a finalist for the CareerTech Challenge Prize. Pontydysgu is very happy to be part of a consortium, led by DMH Associates, selected as a finalist for the CareerTech Challenge Prize! The South Wales based ed-tech company specialises in careers based technologies and ICT training for educators. Pontydysgu’s director...

Chatbot for Career Chat

May 11th, 2020 by Angela Rees
Pontypridd company’s CareerChat chatbot project selected as a finalist for the CareerTech Challenge Prize. Pontydysgu is very happy to be part of a consortium, led by DMH Associates, selected as a finalist for the CareerTech Challenge Prize! The South Wales based ed-tech company specialises in careers based technologies and ICT training for educators. Pontydysgu’s director...

Ponty’s Young (Online) Activists

April 6th, 2020 by Angela Rees
Last week CEYOU hosted the first online meeting for the Youth branch of Pontypridd Young Friends of the Earth. The group have been very active over the past year attending Fridays for Future School Strikes and organising a hustings for local parliamentary candidates to discuss their views and policies relating to Climate Change. Everyday life...

Ponty’s Young (Online) Activists

April 6th, 2020 by Angela Rees
Last week CEYOU hosted the first online meeting for the Youth branch of Pontypridd Young Friends of the Earth. The group have been very active over the past year attending Fridays for Future School Strikes and organising a hustings for local parliamentary candidates to discuss their views and policies relating to Climate Change. Everyday life...

Don’t teach code

September 23rd, 2019 by Angela Rees
I just stumbled across this blog title in my drafts from over a year ago. ‘Don’t teach code’ Which is timely as I just arranged to start a ‘Code Club’ at one of our local Primary schools. The benefits of 7 year olds in Wales learning code are similar to those of them learning Ancient...

Don’t teach code

September 23rd, 2019 by Angela Rees
I just stumbled across this blog title in my drafts from over a year ago. ‘Don’t teach code’ Which is timely as I just arranged to start a ‘Code Club’ at one of our local Primary schools. The benefits of 7 year olds in Wales learning code are similar to those of them learning Ancient...
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    This week, Twitter apologised for racial bias within its image-cropping algorithm. The feature is designed to automatically crop images to highlight focal points – including faces. But, Twitter users discovered that, in practice, white faces were focused on, and black faces were cropped out. And, Twitter isn’t the only platform struggling with its algorithm – YouTube has also announced plans to bring back higher levels of human moderation for removing content, after its AI-centred approach resulted in over-censorship, with videos being removed at far higher rates than with human moderators.


    Gap between rich and poor university students widest for 12 years

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    The gap between poor students and their more affluent peers attending university has widened to its largest point for 12 years, according to data published by the Department for Education (DfE).

    Better-off pupils are significantly more likely to go to university than their more disadvantaged peers. And the gap between the two groups – 18.8 percentage points – is the widest it’s been since 2006/07.

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