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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

Chartered College of Teachers report on the impact of Covid 19

I found this report from the Chartered College of Teachers a useful read on supporting students through Covid19: Education in the time of crisis: The potential implications of school closures … Continue reading

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond the Virus: Planning for a Better Learning Future in Your School

Now that we are well into the delivery of learning during the virus, it might be the opportune time to be thinking about and planning for the ‘new normal’ for … Continue reading

May 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

FAO: Headteachers/Principals: Call for informal research partner schools from secondary schools in the UK and internationally to evaluate the impact of Coronavirus on learning development in your school

I’m looking to do some research to explore the transformative impact of the Coronavirus on learning in secondary schools… or not. It forms the next element to my books on … Continue reading

May 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

The World Beyond the Coronavirus…

Wise words via my friend Pirjo Suhonen on education beyond Coronavirus… When the covid-19 pandemic passes and the world opens up again, we should redesign our schools using the best … Continue reading

April 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Language apps: Can phones replace classrooms? | BBC News

With a boom in Japanese ahead of the Rugby World Cup, can apps offer more spontaneity and freedom? Read more here: Language apps: Can phones replace classrooms? | BBC News

March 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

New Learning Paradigms from Charles Sosnik

An interesting article from Charles Sosnik from California, who demonstrates the way forward for learning seems to be coalescing internationally in independent learning. Learning is becoming consumerized. There is actually … Continue reading

March 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Importance of System Thinking Skills for Learners of All Ages

BOLD is becoming one of my favourite online sources for leading-edge articles on the future of learning. The themes developed there are very much in line with the philosophy of … Continue reading

March 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Which Countries Have the Smartest Education Systems, and in Which Direction Are They Headed?

Although the article by the World Economic Forum linked at the end of this piece is entitled ‘Which countries have the smartest kids?’ it shows nothing of the kind. The … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Three Pathways to Learning Transformation in Schools: Part 2: Change Management Solutions

  In the first article in this series I outlined the key issues preventing the effective development of schools as learning organisations in the UK. In this article we will … Continue reading

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Three Pathways to Learning Transformation in Schools: Part 1: Identifying the Problems

From November 2019: Flagship city school rapped and downgraded by Ofsted for ‘removing’ pupils ahead of GCSE exams | Birmingham Live Holte School in Lozells was one of a number … Continue reading

February 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

Learning Technologies and How to Develop and Deploy Them: Changing the Paradigm

I generally take a sceptical view of educational technology because the implementers tend to want to shoe-horn in new technologies without going to the trouble of the professional development required … Continue reading

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Student Engagement: Research and Implications – A Model

The idea of student engagement is central to improving learning engagement and outcomes. However, the term is used loosely and requires further discussion and definition. This reference by Ana Cristina … Continue reading

January 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Own It – A place to help you boss your life online | BBC

The BBC have launched a specific area of their website featuring questions, answers and tools to help young people make the most of their time online. The Own It app … Continue reading

January 3, 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

New Article on Future Proofing Your School in pDT Journal 21.1

In a rather bleak Christmas period, it was a treat yesterday to be contacted by Graham Handscomb, the editor of pDT (Professional Development Today), to say that my polemical article … Continue reading

December 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Learning: Some Hiccups Along the Way

This blog has long advocated Project Based Learning (PBL) as a key conduit towards creating a 21st century curriculum in schools. PBL is the basis for transforming a teacher led … Continue reading

December 2, 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

Good grades and a desk ‘key for university hopes’ | BBC News

Having a desk to work at, good grades and high expectations from parents, as well as being happy at school, are key factors in encouraging children to go on to … Continue reading

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Intelligence Report 1 – Cultural Log Jams to Sustainable Learning Improvement

This forms part one of a series of pieces exploring cultural log-jams and structural defects preventing sustainable improvements in learning and learning outcomes in schools. In my experience, there have … Continue reading

October 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Social media has ‘little effect on girls’ wellbeing’ | BBC News

Getting enough sleep and seeing friends may have a bigger effect on teenage girls’ mental well-being than social media use, a report suggests. The finding comes in the government’s new … Continue reading

October 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Reluctant Adopters and Technology Initiatives | Edutopia

Addressing the valid concerns teachers have about new tech tools helps them accept change and builds positive relationships. When school leaders decide to start a new technology project—whether it’s a small … Continue reading

July 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Education is Everyone’s Business!

I’m currently writing a book on the curriculum of excellence for the future. I hoped it would be a forward looking vision of inclusive education in which the talents of … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Blended Learning: Some Considerations

How do we take advantage of educational technology in learning? This infographic gives some consideration to the parameters that need to be addressed. In many classrooms, the rather unsubtle reality … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Re-setting learning, some thoughts on redesigning a curriculum for all learners in the 21st century…

I am currently writing a book on remodelling education and I’m putting together a chapter on how you would re-build learning from a blank page. Current educational models tend to … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Personalised Learning in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Thanks to Dr Tassos Anastasiades for this model of learning that he has developed to reflect the higher order learning skills that need to be developed to equip students for … Continue reading

May 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Arts – An Investment That Pays Dividends

There is a persistent myth in the education world that the Arts, broadly defined as creative arts and languages, is the icing on the education cake. The substance of the … Continue reading

May 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

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