The Learning Renaissance

Effective Communication or Pedantry?

I am conscious that language teaching has had sparse coverage in the blog to date and thought I would go some way to redress that balance… The importance of accurate … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

School League Tables: More Schools Fail to Make Grade | BBC News

Some 330 schools failed to get 40% of pupils gaining five good GCSEs including English and maths, and making the expected progress. This rise, from 154 last year, comes after … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Writing Your Novel: Some Well-Crafted Pieces of Advice

It seems that many of my friends and colleagues are in the process of, or leading up to writing a novel. I firmly believe we all have a novel in … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: The Function of Education

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Integrating Technology into Learning: Culture, Focus and Processes

A number of recent conversations with both educational leaders and educational technology providers (I’ve been both in my time) came into sharp focus today when a member of a leading … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Stick With Love

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too much of a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King

January 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Own Your Space – Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online – Free eBook

This is a book for every teen and an essential resource for every parent and teacher. Especially though, this is a book for the computer savvy, keyboard-comfy teens who use … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

NASA Learning Resources for Educators

I may be biased because of my previous experiences with them but I would thoroughly recommend the NASA website for Educators as the source of some tremendous ideas, links and … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Life’s Most Persistent Question

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Highway Code – A Metaphor for Learning

Originally posted on ace-d:
In discussing the importance of self-belief in learning I have described the learner’s beliefs about what they can and cannot learn as a “learning map“. A…

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Africa: A Changing Perspective Through e-resources

This diagram from the Economist blog in 2010 gives an insight into how e-learning can challenge perceptions and encourage creative thinking… Read more about this thought-provoking image on The Economist … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Music and Emotional Intelligence

Originally posted on Learning Strategies for Musical Success:
This series of posts explores connections between music and other Gardner-listed multiple intelligences. My previous posts discussed  Music and the Body, Music…

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Learning Intelligence: A Conversation

I’ve recently been having a conversation with Kevin Hewitson about the concept of Learning Intelligence (LQ) and the impact it can have on learning outcomes. Kevin has crystallised his thoughts … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Education is Power

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

The International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET)

Having last week tried to restore the question of balance to the curriculum, I make no apologies this week for sharing a link to my friends at the International Space … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tracking the International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is a wondrous testimony to what can be achieved when humanity, or at least the richer elements of it, work together. In its brightness, regular … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beautiful NASA Posters Advertise Out Of This World Vacations

You can download poster size, hi-res versions of these beautiful posters from NASA’s PlanetQuest website: JPL PlanetQuest – Exoplanet Travel Bureau via Beautiful NASA posters advertise out of this world … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Tell a Story, Become a Lifelong Learner – Digital Storytelling Free eBook

Students want to be engaged in their own learning and inspired to develop their skills and talents, and they want to tell stories using technology. By incorporating digital storytelling projects … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Generating Word Clouds to Engage Learners

I’m not usually one for endorsing specific software unless I’ve tried it, but I came across this and thought it might be of interest. It is a range of products … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Reading and Empathy

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Confronting History… A Narrative of Inhumanity?

As a History teacher I always wanted to move beyond the narrative of history to explore motivation and to investigate bias – I believe these things develop student analytical skills … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Inquiry into Scottish ‘education gap’ | BBC News

An inquiry is to look into whether enough is being done to cut the gap in educational attainment between Scotland’s poorest and richest pupils. The Scottish Parliament’s cross-party education committee … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Music in the Curriculum

People’s experience of the way music was taught in schools either ignited or extinguished a passion to make music and to be part of bands, groups or choirs which lasts … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Which Path Do You Follow?

Scholars may be interested to note that although this widely circulated image credits this quote to Albert Einstein, this has largely been debunked… The One Who Follows the Crowd Will … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Signature Pedagogies Research from University of Nottingham Education Department

One element of consciously designing learning for success is to be explicit about the design process and the required outcomes in ways which go beyond knowledge acquisition into the transformational … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reading to Children of All Ages is Fundamental to Personal Development

In the brave new world of educational technology, it is all too easy to become so dazzled with the new technologies as to lose sight of educational purposes. Reading is, … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

NSPCC Launches Social Network Awareness Campaign | BBC News

“Our Share Aware campaign gives parents straightforward, no-nonsense advice that will help them to untangle the web and feel confident talking to their children about online safety.” Read more on … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Broad and Balanced Curriculum – A Principle Under Threat

Many subjects have special interest groups supporting their place in the curriculum and advocating more time be allocated to developing them. Most recently, economic pressures have promoted Mathematics and Sciences … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

The 7 e-learning Skills of Learning Intelligence

Originally posted on ace-d:
E-learning skills for managing your learning environment. Technology has the capacity to allow us to break out of any contrived education system and expose the motivation…

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Trends in Learning 2015

Just on cue, those smashing people at Educators Technology have shared what they (via Personalize Learning) consider to be key trends in learning for the new year of 2015. Does … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment