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Back to School 2020: How Bitesize are supporting children, parents and teachers | BBC Bitesize

Here’s what BBC Bitesize doing to support teachers, parents and students in the new school year. The school experience may be very different this time, with staggered school days, year … Continue reading

September 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

2 words that can help check your assumptions about people | TED.com

Asking “so what?” can bring out your hidden beliefs and ideas, says career strategist Gail Tolstoi-Miller. Source: 2 words that can help check your assumptions about people | TED.com

September 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning with the RSC | Royal Shakespeare Company

Online education resources from the RSC, that can be accessed at home or in the classroom. Whether you’re a parent looking for inspiration or a student wanting to get creative, … Continue reading

September 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Autumn 2020 Resources for Primary and Secondary students | BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize have posted resources specially designed to help students catch-up and keep up this term. Access all the assets here: Autumn 2020 Resources for Primary and Secondary students | … Continue reading

September 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sir Ken Robinson – a man who refused to see human potential wasted and had faith in the creativity of us all

I’ve been shocked to hear of the death of the staunchest advocate of creativity and human potential that is Sir Ken Robinson. I tend to be iconoclastic – show me … Continue reading

August 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Science Behind Brain Breaks | Edutopia

Research shows that breaks can provide more than rest. Use them to boost creativity, cognitive function, and social skills. Read more here: The Science Behind Brain Breaks | Edutopia   … Continue reading

June 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond Covid 19: Education in the Time of Corona, June 6th 2020

I’m honoured to be part of this panel of distinguished educators on the Online Educational Leadership Forum for a discussion about education beyond the virus. The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented … Continue reading

June 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

How to travel the world from your bedroom during lockdown | BBC Bitesize

See some of the most popular tourist attractions through virtual tours, photographs and videos. Source: How to travel the world from your bedroom during lockdown | BBC Bitesize

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Space to Learn: “To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to the Body in Space” with surgeon and astronaut Dave Williams

FREE Live Interactive Astronaut Show This Tuesday Dave Williams Astronaut, Brain and Heart Surgeon Joins Space to Learn. To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to the Body in … Continue reading

May 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Space to Learn: Painting the Perfect Planet with Astronaut Nicole Stott Tuesday 28th April

Nicole Stott – Astronaut, Environmentalist, Engineer, Pilot and Artist – Joins Space to Learn Painting the Perfect Planet A FREE live Interactive astronaut episodes are beamed out every Tuesday in … Continue reading

April 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Keeping Students Engaged in Digital Learning | Edutopia

Whether you’re new to teaching online or a veteran, these six tips can help you make sure your students stay connected and immersed in learning. via: Keeping Students Engaged in … Continue reading

April 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Webinar: Keeping Your Cool in a Space Disaster with Astronaut Michael Foale, CBE

Every Thursday an astronaut will give a LIVE presentation and q & a. The programme is designed for adults and families and is for a limited sized audience. This Thursday … Continue reading

April 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills | Edutopia

What happens to our brains ‘on art’? New studies – often backed by brain imaging technology – are beginning to dial in on the answers. Via: New Studies Link the … Continue reading

April 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: How to see the world without leaving your home | BBC News

Coronavirus has restricted travel, but it doesn’t have to restrict our imagination… Explore the globe here: Coronavirus: How to see the world without leaving your home | BBC News

April 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Reversal: A New Thinking Tool for Problem-Solving and Designing Solutions

I’m always keen to promote new techniques in thinking skills, so this presentation put up by David Hall, Founder of the Ideas Centre, really rang my bell as a useful … Continue reading

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

International Learning Collaborations: What Can Be Achieved?

I’m generally a little sceptical of the potential of information and educational technologies to bring about decisive improvements in learning. My position has been forged over many years working with … Continue reading

March 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Finnish Education Explained by Pirjo Suhonen

Our friend, Pirjo Suhonen, outlines the key features of Finnish education which make it both distinctive and effective:  

February 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Danish Lesson For the UK: How to Sort Out the Apprenticeship Mess!

In the last ten years the apprenticeship system in the UK, always brittle, has been thrown into turmoil. For the most part the blame lies with the Tory government for … Continue reading

January 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Numbers and the tricks they play | BBC Academy

Numbers can be used to tell all sorts of stories. They can help show the scale of a particular problem or issue, illustrating whether it’s big or small. When you’re … Continue reading

December 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Edutopia and the George Lucas Education Foundation

One of our favourite go-to sites to catch up with innovative thinking is the George Lucas Foundation’s Edutopia. For someone who could conceive of the Star Wars universe, it was … Continue reading

November 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Finland’s Formula for School Success

Whenever some latest report or statistics are published which outlines some shortcoming in learning and teaching in the UK I always look for inspiration from the experience of the Scandinavian … Continue reading

November 15, 2019 · 3 Comments

The Thinking School: Some Insights from Kulvarn Atwel

In the midst of crises in recruitment and retention and teacher workload there are always people prepared to be innovative in searching for new learning paradigms. My partner, Jane, brought … Continue reading

November 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Debunking the Dyslexia / IQ Myth

In other recent posts I’ve outlined the changes in definition of differences in learning brought about by neuroscience research. Increasingly, the traditional deficit descriptions applied to children who did not … Continue reading

October 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Global Education Report 2019

In the NJ MED‘s 5th Annual Global Education Report this year, students, parents, teachers, educators, and taxpayers from 214 countries participated in the two-month international survey asking How They would … Continue reading

October 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Learning Processes: Respond, Reflect, Review

A major strand in the development of learning will be seismic changes in the purposes and processes of assessment. This process is already underway. There is increasing disillusion with summative … Continue reading

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Women in science: ‘Go for it’ | BBC News

Only a third of scientists are women but Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn wants young women to persist. Confidence and asking for help, she says, are the two ways to get … Continue reading

September 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

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