The Learning Renaissance

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

The State of Education: A Discredited Industrial System

This isn’t a new cartoon of the current state of education. Sir Ken Robinson has used glorious animations to share the same point about the outmoded industrial antecedents of education … Continue reading

May 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

An Open Invitation to Schools to Add the Learning Renaissance to their Online CPD library

The Learning Renaissance grew out of research I was already doing on the future of learning. Seeing as I had already done the research I was wondering how to capture … Continue reading

April 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Future of Learning… As Seen From the Nineteenth Century!

I came across this woodcut from a nineteenth century French conception of the future classroom of the year 2000. I found it acutely depressing in its conception for a number … Continue reading

April 22, 2019 · 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

More Mistakes…

I’ve always been of the opinion that we learn so much more from our mistakes tan we do from our successes. In part that is why I’ve made so many … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Condensed Lesson Planning

Ross Morrison McGill from Teacher Toolkit condenses twenty years of research on effective lesson planning into an A4 sheet… well worth the effort Ross! This single sheet is probably the … Continue reading

March 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Gamification: Changing the Ground Rules For Learning

  Much has been written about the subject of gamification in learning. It covers a massive scope of developments. At one end of the spectrum is included artificial intelligence, online … Continue reading

March 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Schools reflecting on practice and reflecting in practice | Briefing Notes #4

You may be forgiven for thinking that the key premise of Future Proof Your School is that cultural change follows a top-down model in which the Head teacher of senior … Continue reading

March 8, 2019 · 3 Comments

The Key Learning Theories Explained

This chart gives you access to the key learning theories shaping learning. The accompanying article gives further detail. Thanks to Richard Millward and Terry Heick for all their hard work … Continue reading

February 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

7 Deadly School Sins | TeacherToolkit

  I was amazed in the course of my school career about how much time was spent in busy work. Things which were done without question, and with little effectiveness. … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Future Learning Models – An End to Curriculum!

Seymour Papert was seeing it clearly two decades ago. The pace of change in knowledge is so fast that it is meaningless to build a curriculum on a foundation of … Continue reading

February 11, 2019 · 1 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 Technicolor elements, but at no point does it demonstrate achievable … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

An Open Invitation from the Learning Renaissance to Join Our International Reflective Learning Community Resource

If you represent a school or other learning establishment, you are very welcome to include a link to the Learning Renaissance on your online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) library. There … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Scaffolding Discussion: Socratic Method

If ever there was a time when students need to know how to conduct a discussion in a rational evidence based way then it is now. Web 2.0 has allowed … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Future Proof Your School: Steering Culture, Driving School Improvement and Developing Excellence

I’ve been working with Critical Publishing in putting together a series of books on education leadership and learning. The books focus on change management at the level of culture. and … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Classroom Rules… Some Reasons Not to Have Them by David Tow | Edutopia

I’ve always thought the way forward is the self-regulated classroom where the rules come not from discipline enforced on the students, but from self-discipline displayed by them. This also highlights … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

A History of 50 years of Educational Technology by Tony Parkin

I always enjoy Tony Parkin’s posts, which are informative and provocative. I particularly enjoyed this saunter down the educational technologies of the last fifty years, which corresponds to my experiences … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

I’m researching a book on examination preparation … can you help?

I’m currently researching a book I’ve been commissioned to write regarding the preparation of students for examinations. I’m reluctant to use the term ‘revision’ as it is the dichotomy between … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

Giving Learners Responsibility in Class

I like this idea, which is an extension of what goes on informally in most classrooms. I would want the roles to be rotated, with each role holder briefing the … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

Building Future Learning Models

Thanks to Innovative Global Education for this template to help develop new and challenging templates for learning units. When teachers work together to develop new modules, and even better, collaborate … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Collaboration: The Future of Learning

The future of learning will be less about information transmission from teacher to student (pedagogy) and more about the student determining the how, the where and the when of learning … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Solutions to the CPD Issue

The problem with Continuous Professional Development is often that it is not continuous, isn’t professional and doesn’t address valid developmental issues. This prompt sheet gives some ideas as to how … Continue reading

October 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Future Learning

October 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Educational False Starts and Heutagogy

I am as prone as the next teacher to exploring new approaches to learning, but it could be said that teachers are naïve suckers for an all-encompassing solution to learning. … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marking… Making a Fresh Start

Marking, done well and in an ipsative way can enhance the quality and pace of learning. Done badly it helps nobody and eats up teacher time outside the classroom. The … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · Leave a comment
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