The Learning Renaissance

Building the Curriculum of the Future: Can you help? An Appeal to Education Leaders Worldwide

Noting the general malaise in education reported in the Western world I’m keen to explore solutions. In the past, the standard response to widespread teacher dissatisfaction has been a pay … Continue reading

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Motivating Students By Changing Assessment Patterns

The Learning Renaissance has long argued for the development of new assessment models to involve and motivate students to more self-actualisation. Specifically, we have advocated the move away from summative … Continue reading

January 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

How to Use a Class Google Site to Improve Organization and Engagement | Edutopia

This free tool helps students in the classroom and at home stay on the same page – and there are benefits for teachers as well. I have always prepared well … Continue reading

September 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Why We Remember More by Reading – Especially Print – Than From Audio or Video | The Conversation

There is growing evidence that people tend to think of digital media as entertainment, so they devote less mental effort than when they’re reading a printed book. So what does … Continue reading

August 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Benefits of Differentiation in Teachers’ Professional Development | Edutopia

Strategies like flipping instruction and providing opportunities for repeated practice work as well for adults as they do for students. …it’s time to transform professional development, which is too often passive, … Continue reading

March 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Has the Pandemic Ushered in New Norms in Education? | Edutopia

Less reliance on high-stakes testing and more emphasis on student choice could be here to stay. Pedagogical growth is the kind of growth we need to recharge and reimagine education. … Continue reading

January 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Flipped Classroom: What is it and How Do You Create it?

The flipped classroom is a key concept in the development of more imaginative learning strategies. But what is it and what are the educational considerations underpinning? In essence, the flipped … Continue reading

December 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Student Agency and the Implications

When a curriculum comprehensively defines what, when and how learning will take place, it takes away initiative from the learner. Such a curriculum has building blocks of knowledge, which may … Continue reading

November 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Change the Assessment, Change the Engagement

It used to strike me when I was first introduced to transactional analysis that assessment regimes operated in a similar way. Classic transactional analysis operates in three states in a … Continue reading

November 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

A View to the Future: Sub-10

Good to see my old friend and colleague Peter Stephenson has found his groove with his company SUB 10. Turning ‘have to’ to want to’ sounds good to me! …our … Continue reading

November 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Towards a New Curriculum… Challenging Hierarchies of Subject

A major misalignment between the curriculum on offer and the curriculum required to support the development of 21st-century learners is the assumed hierarchy of subjects. Where the curriculum is expressed … Continue reading

October 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Music collaboration across two continents… technology promoting cultural education!

Good to see my friend Phil Rooke receiving some recognition for his musical collaboration across two continents… we should be doing more of this. Working between schools in Australia and … Continue reading

October 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Thinking Cube: Planning and Evaluating Learning

Thank you to Daniel Sobel for sharing this systematic approach to thinking and learning… This makes for far more logical planning and evaluation of learning modules and goes beyond bland … Continue reading

September 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Education: Still trying to catch up with Lego!

This sounds like the template for a modern education.  

September 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Legacy of Sir Ken Robinson: the Challenge and Opportunities of a New Curriculum and Assessment Model

The sad death of Sir Ken Robinson brings the end to the good-natured and robust thinking about how the future of education might be built. Sir Ken not only defined … Continue reading

August 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Finland – Showing the Way With a Subject-Less Curriculum

The idea that a curriculum can be constructed around subject knowledge has always been suspect… who decides which content and does the content reflect contemporary needs or historic antecedents? As … Continue reading

August 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond Coronavirus: Templates for sustainable improvement in learning for schools

As the summer term comes to an end in British schools, thoughts turn to the new academic year in September. The disruption brought by the Coronavirus has been fundamental and … Continue reading

July 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Saga Briggs on Deeper Learning

As part of the perpetual challenge to improve the quality of learning, there is an increasing interface between educational research and metacognition to explore what has been termed the DEEPS … Continue reading

July 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Designing Learning Units

Perhaps the Covid-19 crisis has had you devoting more time to lesson and unit design recently. If you are unlucky, you will have concentrated purely on knowledge transmission which tends … Continue reading

June 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Learning and Schools post Covid-19 Paper for Global Citizenship Foundation

I recently had an invitation to contribute to a webinar organised by the Global Citizenship Foundation on the subject of the shape of education post-Covid-19. Here is the paper generated: … Continue reading

June 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Educationalists seem to be recognising that the current education system is untenable…

It will be interesting to see if the disruptive influence of the Coronavirus internationally will have a decisive influence in changing the direction and methodology of learning, or whether it … Continue reading

May 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

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