The Learning Renaissance

Thought For The Day: The Value of Nature

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Planning a Career – the Key Dimensions

I found this an inspirational way to plan a career… which I’d had it in front of me when I was setting out. I’ve managed to have 2,3 and all … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Digital Citizenship – An Online Code of Conduct and Ethics

It never ceases to amaze me how few people recognise that the rule of law extends to the digital world and that it is not an open space to sound … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

Thought For The Day: Balancing Science and Humanities (with apologies to Jurassic Park!)


June 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

21st Century Pedagogy

Nothing if not consistent, the Learning Renaissance believes that a fundamental shift in the way we approach learning can have tremendous benefits for all learners, and through them for the … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Blended Learning: How Can Online Technology be Integrated into the Learning Diet of Students?

This infographic, based on US experience, explores a range of models of blended learning. The blended element involves how far online technology is used in the learning programme. As well as being … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

21st Century Classroom | e-Learning Infographics

Source: 21st Century Educational Technology Classroom | e-Learning Infographics

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

21st Century Learning Environments

For new teachers, this resource compilation by Edutopia includes tips and guides on classroom design and layout to help maximize the possibilities of the learning environment. Read more here: New … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Power of Determination


June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Six Cs Underpinning Effective 21st Century Learning

… and not one of them starts from prescribed curriculum content! Redefining learning as the development of attitudes, behaviours and competences allows for the development of a curriculum defined as skills … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Addressing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Originally posted on User Generated Education:
A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students’ intellectual and cognitive development.  Too often individual…

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Illusterate or Being Graphically Competent… Thoughts of the New Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell

A week or so ago I recalled an INSET day presentation given by artist and gentleman, David Close, at Swavesey Village College over thirty years ago. In it he argued … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Apprenticeships to receive legal protection | BBC News

The government plans to legally protect apprenticeships, so the term cannot be abused. Under the plans, unauthorised use of the term would be illegal, as is already the case for … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Projects and Purposeful Project-Based Learning

There is a common popular misconception that project-based learning lacks rigour and challenge. This is because there is misunderstanding of the methodology, assessment focus and engagement for learners engaged in … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fewer children offered first choice of secondary school | BBC News

Fewer 11-year-olds have been offered their first choice of secondary school in England compared with last year. This year, 84.2% of applicants were offered a first-choice place, down from 85.2% … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Hearts and Minds


June 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Educational Technology… Not the Universal Panacea

I found this article a useful counterblast to those who see the application of technology per se as the answer to raising educational standards… IWBs are expensive and need extensive … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The 4 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Integrating Technology | The Edvocate

This article on The Edvocate website certainly accords with my experience of problems encountered in schools when bringing in new learning technologies… Education is all about purpose. Integrating technologies into … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

What Teachers Want from Educational Technology Tools | e-Learning Infographics

This infographic summarises the response of US teachers to the need to develop digital literacy. It provides some insights into implementation issues in your own schools.. It has been my … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Purposeful Use of Technology in the Classroom

I think this might be over-egging the pudding in its assertions as there are limits to how well the technology can be used which reside outside the control of the … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Teacher Confidence in Learning Technologies – The Journey

Having struggled myself, and taken teachers, students and adults with learning disabilities on this journey, I found this an interesting insight. I used to tell teachers that they would know when … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Involve Me and I Learn

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Critical Habits of Mentally Tough People | Dr Travis Bradberry | LinkedIn

Resilience is a term increasingly used to describe the attitude and behaviour required to survive and thrive in the changing world. This article from Travis Bradberry outlines the habits of … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gaming and Its Role in 21st Century Learning

One area where new learning technologies is have a great impact on learning outcomes is in the field of gaming. We all appreciate how much time young people today spend … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ice Cores, Climate Change and the Future

This is a great video from my old school friend Gareth James, who spends a considerable amount of his time at Swansea University exploring ice cores to see what they … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Part 3: What if everything we thought we knew about learning was wrong?

Originally posted on ace-d:
So far I have suggested that we have lost sight of the foundations of teaching and learning and that the practices of science, those of theories…

June 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Learning in Mathematics

Stumbled on this very useful Maths website and lo and behold, a key feature is the promotion of project-based learning… Source: 21st Century Skills | GAHS-Math

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mathematics to Inspire, by TED

It has always surprised me how people would feel ashamed if they believed their literacy skills were below par, but almost revel in their ‘issues’ with Maths and an inability to do … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Keep Learning, Stay Young

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Periodic Table of Digital Literacies

A periodic table of digital literacies compiled based on Dr Doug Belshaw’s work. A useful discussion point for CPD activities… Source: Another Mondor Blog | My First Attempt to Define … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment