The Learning Renaissance

The Shape of Things to Come – Educational Leadership in the Next Five Years

Despite the difficulties incumbent on the role of school leaders, the Institute of Education has published this article as a digest of opportunities available to reframe educational leadership and set … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Can Visualizing Your Body Doing Something Help You Learn to Do It Better? | Scientific American

Even picturing others in motion warms up the ‘action brain’ and helps us figure out what we want to do and how we can coordinate our actions with those around … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Part 2: What if everything we thought we knew about learning was wrong?

Originally posted on ace-d:
In the last part of this article I argued for the need to re-examine the foundations of teaching and learning and to establish if the foundations…

May 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

How Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO Affect Your Photos

Being very much an amateur in terms of photography, I found this a very lucid explanation… Source: Photo Cheat Card for Photographers | Hamburger Fotospots Via Lifehacker: This Chart Shows How … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Documentaries to Support Teaching

Access more than 200 free documentaries online. The documentaries cover most curriculum areas in schools, including music and cinema, literature, religion, politics and physics. They’re thought-provoking, eye-opening, and enlightening. Find … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Conservative education plans are poetic – but are they practical?

Originally posted on IOE LONDON BLOG:
Chris Husbands This post originally appeared in The Conversation Each year, the Queen’s speech marks the point where the poetry of aspiration gets translated…

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

‘Back to school’ for parents in Singapore | BBC News

“It’s all about understanding what students do at school and how to solve complicated problems using the latest methods,” said Nur Hidayah Ismail, the principal at Genius Young Minds tutorial … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: What is Learning?

May 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning | Edutopia

This classroom guide published by Edutopia is intended to inspire and expand your thinking about effective assessment for project-based learning. Click the image below to view or download the pdf. … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Essentials for Project-Based Learning

This infographic for a project-based approach was originally posted by @davidleeedtech, and is based on an article by the Buck Institute (BIE), originally published in September 2010 issue of Educational Leadership magazine from ASCD. BIE … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Adapting Project-Based Learning in Rural Georgia | Edutopia

Five middle schools and one high school in the Whitfield County, Georgia school district are in their second year of a transition to project-based learning. Their model is High Tech High, … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Project Based Learning – What and Why?

From the BIE website: Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dyslexia not linked to eyesight, says study | BBC News

They found that those with dyslexia were no more or less likely to have any sight or eye-related problems, such as short or long sightedness, squints or difficulties in focusing. … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: It’s All About Context

“A text without a context is a pretext…” – Revd Carson

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mobile Phones and Academic Performance

In the sometimes headlong rush to incorporate technology into learning, the Guardian has sounded a note of warning about the corrosive effects that mobile phones can have on learning based … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mobile Devices in Schools – Some Key Questions

There is often an assumption that the more ICT kit there is in the classroom the better. However, without some clear protocols for their implementation and use, ICT kit does … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

What if everything we thought we knew about learning was wrong?

Originally posted on ace-d:
Well we have been wrong about things before! People argued that the world was flat and even now people have different views about the earth revolving…

May 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mental Health in Schools – Testimony of a Child

I found this, posted by Dr Pooky Knightsmith Hesmondhalgh on LinkedIn, to be a very moving testimony about dealing with mental health issues in a school setting. I think much more needs … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Maths Apps for Primary Schools

I was very taken with these Maths apps – they do some great conceptual work in primary schools. For more details and links to the apps, visit ETML: 10 Useful … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Thought For The Day: Dying of Ignorance?

“I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance…” – Reuben Blades

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Understanding Digital Literacies – A Practical Introduction

Understanding Digital Literacies – A Practical Introduction, authored by Rodney H Jones and Christoph A Hafner, explores digital literacy and 21st century learning.   The distance between their thinking and … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Anki – Powerful, Intelligent Flashcards

In the article referenced in our previous post, Aisling Brown writes passionately about the strengths of the Anki software in creating edtech resources, specifically in relation to language learning. Anki is … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Learning Leads, Technology Enables | Educate 1to1

Some excellent ideas from the Educate 1to1 blog (run by Dom Norrish) about the applications of educational technology to learning.  This is a guest post by Aisling Brown, Education Technologist at Stephen … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Past

May 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Defrauding Young Learners Through an Educational Rationing System

This graphic used in a recent TEDx talk beautifully sums up purpose of the Learning Renaissance. Schools generally are constituted to deliver knowledge… and that is where they are underestimating … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Blocked and Spaced Repetition

Originally posted on Learning Strategies for Musical Success:
Recently I was watching television when a commercial break interrupted my program. Commercials are annoying at best, but this set of five…

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Higher Education in Germany – Further Thoughts

An earlier post outlined the divergent paths the England and Germany were taking in the funding of students entering higher education. This post on the Dazed website re-emphasises the differences in the … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment