The Learning Renaissance

FREE Live Interactive Astronaut Show Tuesday 19th May ‘Searching for the Secrets of Space’ Astronaut and Test Pilot Greg Johnson Joins ‘Space to Learn

Have you ever wondered what space is made of? Greg’s last mission launched into space the tools to tell us what is ‘out there’ and help us know more about … Continue reading

May 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

The bliss of a good book review: Future Proof Your School reviewed by UKEd Chat

I would have to declare myself well satisfied with this review of my book, Future Proof Your School which appeared in UKEd Chat. It is very gratifying to see that … Continue reading

April 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus and Online Learning in Schools: An Appeal for Case Studies

The onset of the Coronavirus pandemic has few positive aspects about it. However, it could be argued that, in a matter of weeks, school use of online learning has moved … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Reading in a time of crisis…

Amidst a week of global uncertainty, one positive note for me … both my education based books are in the best sellers list: Future Proof Your School on Amazon, particularly … Continue reading

March 25, 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

How Nature Supports Children’s Learning

Perhaps the disconnect between nature and young people has revealed something that we all intrinsically know: that young people learn and thrive in nature. According to a world-first review by … Continue reading

February 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Gaming – Still a Dirty Word in Schools

Perhaps because of its antecedents in toys and children’s games, the idea that games can be used purposefully as part of the learning diet in schools has not gained much … Continue reading

February 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Digitising Revision: The Basis of a Student Performance Breakthrough in Your School

This article is an abridged version of techniques expanded upon in a new book:  Re-Examining Success: Raising pupils’ examination performance at secondary school: systems, techniques, processes and partners by David … Continue reading

February 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Place of the Arts in the Curriculum

In all the clamour for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the curriculum, Arts subjects are increasingly marginalised. Sometimes it feels like they are regarded as ‘the icing’ on … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · 3 Comments

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

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

Revision: The Acquisition, Retention and Recall of Information For Examinations

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most insightful. This one came via Jon Tait on Linked In and he recognised something I noticed when students are revising. Often they spend … Continue reading

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Neuroscience, Behaviour and Motivation

Our friends at Edutopia, and Judy Willis in particular, have put together this short paper on using neuroscientific principles to ensure that students are engaged and motivated across the span … Continue reading

October 9, 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

What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

A reductionist approach in many western nations has meant an undue emphasis on developing reading, writing and arithmetic as the foundations of success in learning. This in turn has led … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

SLANT Listening

The problem with listening is that too many people listen, simply with the intention of finding the gap with which to interject their own opinions. Deep listening, when you are … Continue reading

August 9, 2019 · 2 Comments

The Learning Pyramid – Teach What You Learn

In this example of the cone of learning and retention, the flat figure has been transposed into a pyramid and the suggestion is that the volume of each layer graphically … Continue reading

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Communication and Learning Effectiveness – Insights and Words of Caution

I am indebted to Daniel Sobel for recounting this most valuable piece of research from Edgar Dale which has been in circulation since the late 1960s and yet which does … Continue reading

June 22, 2019 · 3 Comments

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-Examining Success

Artwork for the second of my books for Critical Publishing now complete… now just have to complete the writing!

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Limitations of Standardised Tests

This is why our examination systems are so flawed. They only present a one dimensional view of the student with only memory recall and the ability to sit examinations tested. … Continue reading

June 3, 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

Project-Based Learning: Key Elements

It is always a treat to discover a new forward looking educator sharing ideas. Today I came across Edulearn2Change and found we share a lot of common ground regarding key … Continue reading

May 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

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