The Learning Renaissance

Enduring Practices From Remote Teaching | Edutopia

After a year-long crash course in digital tools and remote teaching, a teacher reflects on what will stick in her brick-and-mortar classroom. A living agenda—one that is updated every day—supports … Continue reading

June 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Covid-19: Last day of home-school is ‘end of an era’ | BBC News

After weeks of lessons at the kitchen table and in the lounge, how are parents and children feeling about their return to school on Monday? As Hannah watches daughter Mollie … Continue reading

March 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Breaking the Myths of Online Learning | TESOL

Despite becoming more and more popular in recent years, there is still a certain stigma attached to online learning. Even in this digital age; the idea that face to face … Continue reading

November 18, 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

Getting Ready to Teach in K-12 Schools Next Year | Edutopia

There’s a lot of uncertainty about the 2020–21 school year, but planning for a mix of remote and in-person instruction will help educators be ready. As we move beyond crisis management … Continue reading

June 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Online Panel Discussion on Learning post-Covid-19, June 6 2020

When several events at which I have been due to speak this year have been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was particularly pleasing to receive an invitation to … Continue reading

June 1, 2020 · 1 Comment

Summative Assessment in Distance Learning | Edutopia

Whether schools are using regular grades or not, teachers need to accurately assess learning while their students are at home. These are some helpful ideas to consider from Andrew Miller … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

How to Do Formative Assessment in Distance Learning | Edutopia

Formative assessment at a distance is challenging but possible, and we still need to check for understanding and provide meaningful feedback. The practices we use will look and sound different … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

4 Key Aspects of Teaching a K–12 Online Class | Edutopia

What an educator with experience teaching online has learned about structuring students’ online and offline experiences and how to provide feedback to keep the learning going. Read the article here: … Continue reading

May 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

BBC offers biggest online education push ‘in its history’ | BBC News

The BBC will offer daily programmes to help parents and children with schoolwork at home during the lockdown. Starting on 20 April, videos, quizzes, podcasts and articles will appear on … Continue reading

April 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

How Bitesize will support you while you’re learning from home | BBC Bitesize

It’s a strange time to be a school pupil right now but wherever you’re doing your lessons, BBC Bitesize is there for you – more than ever. Find out more … Continue reading

April 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

4 Tips for Teachers Shifting to Teaching Online | Edutopia

An educator with experience in distance learning shares what he’s learned: Keep it simple, and build in as much contact as possible. The coronavirus has caused widespread school closures for … Continue reading

March 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

Learning Arches – a structured way to design online learning content quickly and consistently

This is a significant article for educators trying to quickly develop significant amounts of online learning to keep students supported with quality resources… click the link on the name to … Continue reading

March 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

During Coronavirus, a Teacher Describes the Scramble to Go Digital | Edutopia

In Bergen County, New Jersey, just outside New York City, a school closure pushes teachers to confront the challenges of online learning. At the end of school two days ago, I … Continue reading

March 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Attributes of Successful Schools in the Digital Age | The Tech Edvocate

I think this may be rather putting the cart before the horse in terms of assuming the significant attributes of schools are their use of digital technologies. It takes more … Continue reading

April 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Engaging with E-learning

Too often in education, Information Technology has been sold on its features. These may be very enticing all-singing, all-dancing technicolour elements, but at no point does it demonstrate achievable learning … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Elliot Masie on E-Learning


March 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

South African e-learning to reach excluded | BBC News

Digital learning is helping to meet the demand for better education in South Africa. Tablets, laptops and digital learning are increasingly being used to reach students with little or no … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Social media harms moral development, parents say | BBC News

A majority of parents in the UK believe social media harms their children’s moral development, a survey suggests. Just over half (55%) of 1,700 people with children aged 11 to … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Top universities to offer full degrees online in five years’ | BBC News

Leading universities will offer fully accredited undergraduate courses online within five years, says the founder of a leading US online university network. Daphne Koller, chief executive of Coursera, said the … Continue reading

July 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Visualising 21st Century Learning

Pulling together a range of different threads, Mary Wade at Edutopia has authored this article on the components of 21st century learning… Problem-based learning, makerspaces, flipped learning, student blogging – these … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Experience of Distance Learners… and Why So Many Drop Out

This is an interesting piece of research regarding the experience of distance learners in their first year. It puts forward some interesting pointers as to why it is so difficult … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Shelve paperbacks in favour of E-books in schools? | BBC News

E-books are increasingly being used in classrooms by children as young as three – and they are making a big difference to the reading habits of boys. But there are … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

e-learning: The Impact on Student Learning Outcomes

An interesting presentation from Jonathan Wells regarding the impact on learners of e-learning… Click through to view on Prezi: e-learning that works by Jonathan Wells

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Integrating Technology into Learning – A Coaching Model

It seems that every time I go to put digits to keyboard with a new blog at the moment, the good guys at Edutopia beat me to it. Here is … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Online schools ‘worse than traditional teachers’ | BBC News

A major report, based on research in 17 US states with online charter schools, has found “significantly weaker academic performance” in maths and reading in these virtual schools compared with the … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Use of Games as a Learning Strategy in the Classroom

This article from David Wortley neatly outlines the process and advantages of using games as part of the class learning strategy…

September 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Reaching the parts others cannot teach | BBC News

It’s easy to take online learning for granted, whether it’s finding how to do something on YouTube or following a free online course from a university. When educationalists write about … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Digital Learning – Taking Stock

It can sometimes be difficult to see a road map of digital learning because the technologies often obscure the learning processes. This report from Mindshift represents a useful aide mémoire for … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Learning Without Teachers – The Work of Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra, an education professor at Newcastle University first shot to prominence when he embedded some computer screens and keyboards into the walls of villages in remote areas of India. … Continue reading

August 4, 2015 · Leave a comment