The Learning Renaissance

Thought For The Day: Friends and Friendships

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Deep Learning Explained by Andrew Ng

  A really useful overview of Deep Learning from Andrew Ng from Baidu Research:  

June 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Funding honoured for EU students in UK | BBC News

Students from the European Union starting university courses in the UK this autumn will have their student loans funding honoured, University Minister Jo Johnson has said. And those EU students … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Experiential Learning

June 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brexit in the UK – The Thin Veneer of Civilisation

For many people the UK is seen to be a stable country with long standing traditions of democracy and rule of law. It has been quite shocking since the vote … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Benefits of Outdoor Education

A constant criticism of classroom-based learning is that it divorces reality from the experience of learning. Learning is a second-hand experience – moderated by the teacher of the content of … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

REMINDER! Comedy Classroom – Having a Write Laugh! | BBC

Comedy Classroom is a brand new comedy writing competition produced by BBC Learning in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and BBC Comedy. The competition calls upon teachers around the … Continue reading

June 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

EU Referendum: Reassurance sought over EU students | BBC News

Universities have pledged to pressure ministers to ensure European staff and students can still work and study in the UK after the vote to leave the EU. Vice-chancellors from the … Continue reading

June 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Qualities and Competences of a Learning Leader

Governors and teachers would do well to bear this infographic in mind when making appointments. It emphasises the dimensions of leadership in the 21st century school…

June 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Peake Practice – Boosting Primary Science | BBC News

With British astronaut Major Tim Peake safely back on Earth, what better time for primary schools to enthuse pupils about science? But how should teachers ensure lessons genuinely boost children’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Testing! Testing! A Learner Perspective…

June 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Kinetic Art Changing Perceptions in Prague

This is everything Art should be…

June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Drawing

Harking back to an earlier post about being “illusterate“, here is a recent Guardian article exploring the importance of drawing in the curriculum. The author explores the importance of drawing … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: A Teacher is for Life

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Muliple Intelligences

I can hardly post about Learning Styles without referencing the work of Gardiner on Multiple Intelligences. Nowadays an increasing number of researchers believe precisely the opposite; that there exists a … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Learning Styles Digest

  In the last two decades the idea of “Learning Styles” has gained some credibility in the educational community. Unfortunately, the evidence for learning styles, either being hard-wired into the brain … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Teachers

As the examination season arrives and tired teachers begin to look towards the halcyon days of the end of July, some inspiring words and ideas to build morale from Monica … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · 2 Comments

UK facing ‘digital skills crisis’ warn MPs | BBC News

Urgent action is needed to deal with the UK’s digital skills crisis, warn MPs, or it risks damaging the country’s productivity and competitiveness. It is thought 12.6 million adults lack … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Nelson Mandela on Learning

June 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Rosen on the Breaking of Educational Principles

An interesting article from writer and poet Michael Rosen on the current state of UK State Education. Rosen believes that the current Tory government have bent and broken two fundamental … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Impress Me

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Controlled Failure – Building Resilient and Resourceful Students

I’d have to admit that the greatest lessons I learnt at school were always motivated by failure, or fear of failure.  Those were the experiences that changed my mind-set, my … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Special needs units risk closure in shake-up, say heads | BBC News

Plans to shake up special educational needs funding could see special units in mainstream schools close, a teaching union says. The National Association of Head Teachers said reducing the per-place … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Teachers’ subject training ‘too brief’, MPs hear | BBC News

Some teachers are beginning their careers in primary schools with as little as a few hours training in some subject areas, MPs have heard. The Education Select Committee heard how … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Promoting Effective Discussion

Our friends at A Pass Educational have bundled together some wise words and techniques on promoting effective discussion… Education has come a long way, but many educators continue to struggle … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Harassment: Girls ‘wear shorts under school skirts’ | BBC News

Girls are wearing shorts under their school skirts to avoid sexual harassment, MPs have heard. Experts told the Women and Equalities Committee that online pornography had led to increased acceptance … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Question Everything

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sew What? – Why Textiles Lessons Need To Be Brought Into The 21st Century

“Once upon a time there was a room in a school where girls were taught how to sew and it was called needlework…” If you think there’s no place for … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Know When To Let Go

via our ex-teacher, SVC colleague and disco supremo, Dave Richer

June 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

End the Year with the Best. Final. Ever. | Edutopia

A few years ago I experimented with a collaborative, small group final project that students completed and presented to their peers within our final class period. It was such a … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · 1 Comment