The Learning Renaissance

The Geo-Inquiry Process | National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society has a five-step PBL model and resource library to foster deep learning The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on using a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to … Continue reading

June 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Use of Art to Interpret History

National educational systems use the teaching of the subject of history as a narrative format to celebrate and reinforce what are seen to be key cultural or national aspects of … Continue reading

October 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Space to Learn: Painting the Perfect Planet with Astronaut Nicole Stott Tuesday 28th April

Nicole Stott – Astronaut, Environmentalist, Engineer, Pilot and Artist – Joins Space to Learn Painting the Perfect Planet A FREE live Interactive astronaut episodes are beamed out every Tuesday in … Continue reading

April 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

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

Roald Dahl Day Lesson – The Power of Words | BBC Teach

Join BBC Teach in celebrating Roald Dahl Day on Friday, 13th September 2019, with a very special interactive lesson and digital event aimed at primary school pupils aged 7 to … Continue reading

August 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom | Edutopia

Apps can help diverse learners by gamifying their tasks, coaching them on social cues, prioritizing their time, strengthening their math skills, and sharpening their language abilities, and are a terrific and … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

World Class STEM at Star City

For those serious about promoting world class Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Programmes, look no further than the offerings of the International Space School Education Trust. I’ve had the pleasure … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Addressing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Originally posted on User Generated Education:
A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students’ intellectual and cognitive development.  Too often individual…

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Futurist Prediction for Virtual Education

I found this article by Rob Furman both entertaining and depressing. Schools often dip a toe into online learning as the default when the normal service in schools is interrupted … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Collaborative Learning in Music – Get With The Team

Originally posted on Captivate Your Music Students 🙂:
Welcome to the first post for 2015.  In this post, I would like to examine and explore the reasons that we play music…

March 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Profile of the Modern Learner

I found this infographic very interesting in representing the way that modern learners interact with the internet and how it might be considered to have eroded their ability to focus … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Autism and Learning

The term Autism is used quite loosely in general speech to describe learning behaviours which appear different to the mainstream. I must admit that my current work with adults with … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Power of Post-It Notes | Edutopia

“I also started thinking that perhaps one fault of technology is that it brings the world to the student, rather than spurring the student to get up out the chair … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Mass Online Open Course (MOOC) Taster Course

I blogged some weeks ago about the phenomena known as MOOCs – Mass Online Open Courses. This is certainly an innovation worth following as it represents universities throughout the world … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Promoting Creativity in the Young

A recent report from Rhodes College in the US has suggested that your choice of toys might have an impact on the development of creativity in your child. I considered … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Rediscovering Space as an Educational Theme – the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Having grown up in the sixties, space exploration was at its zenith and television meant that through NASA and UK-based programmes like Tomorrow’s World and the Sky at Night, we … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Music, Inclusiveness and Connected Learning

One of the best things about social media is in making connections with talented individuals who you would never have found through any other communication channels. For me one of … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

The International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET)

Having last week tried to restore the question of balance to the curriculum, I make no apologies this week for sharing a link to my friends at the International Space … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Signature Pedagogies Research from University of Nottingham Education Department

One element of consciously designing learning for success is to be explicit about the design process and the required outcomes in ways which go beyond knowledge acquisition into the transformational … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Trends in Learning 2015

Just on cue, those smashing people at Educators Technology have shared what they (via Personalize Learning) consider to be key trends in learning for the new year of 2015. Does … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

MOOCs (Mass Open Online Courses) – A New and Free Way to Study

In the Western world there seems to have been a polarisation of approach to the funding of University level education. In some countries there has been a decisive move to … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools

A current assignment in which I am working with adults with learning disabilities and creating personalised movies with images, text, narration and soundtracks, has thrown in to sharp relief the … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Empathic Thinking and Planning the Future

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin argues that empathic thinking is essential to our future well-being, in a pointer to the accommodations we may have … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

21st Century Learners in the New Learning Renaissance

Originally posted on User Generated Education:
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals,…

January 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

NASA Image Library

By their nature, few images can compete with images gleaned by NASA of our planet, our solar system and beyond. Their Facebook page is a good place to start exploring, … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

I’m Agog! New Directions in Learning

Time was when it was sufficient to study an ‘ology’ to garner intellectual respect. In education the movement is towards a ‘gogy’. When the dominant purpose of education was seen to … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Music in the Curriculum

Some thoughts on the role of music in the curriculum from the Daily Telegraph… “Music has proven benefits for children – building confidence, teamwork and discipline, and encouraging improvements in … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day, from Frederick Douglass

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Promoting Creative Learning

Can creative learning be taught? Well no, not in the traditional sense, insofar as if you stick to the standard communication model of the teacher has the knowledge and the … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Presentation Skill Sets and Techniques

I have a horrible feeling that some of my ex-pupils will feel that they’ve found my scripts when they see this! I’ve never thought a presentation was simply about the anodyne … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment