The Learning Renaissance

Think Tanks in Education: An Update from Ross Morrison McGill

It would be wrong and extremely naive to assume that any group describing itself as a ‘think tank’ is simply a research-based organisation. In some cases, they are the political/educational … Continue reading

July 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

School-based teacher-led educational research: how to get started

I’ve often been surprised at how reluctant senior leaders are in schools to engage in a little academic research to improve the provision in their schools and address the ‘in-house’ … Continue reading

March 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Neuroscience Game-Changer: Connectivity Issues and Learning Difficulties

  I’ve spoken before about the disconnect between neuroscience research, with its complexity and nuance, and practical guidance for educators. A new report on the source of learning difficulties has … Continue reading

March 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Edutopia and the George Lucas Education Foundation

One of our favourite go-to sites to catch up with innovative thinking is the George Lucas Foundation’s Edutopia. As someone who could conceive the Star Wars universe, it was no … Continue reading

November 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Fundamental Benefits of Enquiry-based Learning

January 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

21st Century Pedagogy: a Student Perspective

The modern learner has to sift through a lot of information. That means higher level thinking skills like analysis and evaluation are necessary just to reduce all the noise and … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

3 Google Scholar Tips Every Student Should Know About | ETML

The strength of Scholar lies in the numerous hidden features that are usually overlooked by many students. These features enable you to conduct smart and targeted search queries that can … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

Two Templates to Create Faux Facebook Pages

Via ETML, these are two Google Docs templates created by Derrick Waddell that students can use to create Facebook pages for famous literary characters or historical figures. This is an … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

UK National College for Teaching & Leadership

Having endured some recent turbulence, the UK’s National College for Teaching and Leadership is a useful resource for following trends and developments in UK schools. There is a concentration on … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

New Learning Technologies: The Accelerating Differences Between Schools, as seen by Mal Lee

Two people whose view of the way in which new learning technology is reshaping learning are Roger Broadie and Mal Lee, so I read this post from Mal with some … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · Leave a 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

NASA TV – a Great Resource for Educators

Following up on the STEM agenda, here is a link to NASA TV, which broadcasts all NASA developments, including the International Space Station… NASA Television | NASA

February 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

On Personalised Learning

Certainly throughout my thirty five year teaching career one of the key aspirations has been that of ‘Personalised’ Learning. It has been notoriously difficult to pin down exactly what personalisation … Continue reading

February 23, 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

Falling Educational Standards… Again. The Toxic Legacy of Gove.

What I have to say relates to my experience of the English educational system, but I understand from colleagues and friends in different countries and continents that elements of this … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Learning Intelligence: A Conversation

I’ve recently been having a conversation with Kevin Hewitson about the concept of Learning Intelligence (LQ) and the impact it can have on learning outcomes. Kevin has crystallised his thoughts … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Finding Creativity with Adults with Learning Disabilities

I’m currently working with REACH UK (Reach Learning Disability), a charity working with adults with learning disabilities. A major problem in supporting such learners is that too often, educators use a … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Zinn Education Project – Redefining the Historical Narrative

One aspect of the new learning renaissance that cannot be underestimated is a concern for who writes the history that we all adhere to. This is ultimately significant because whoever … Continue reading

January 5, 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

Some Dimensions of Critical Thinking

Areas of assessment are a key element in determining new directions for learning. Until you change assessment, you cannot change the direction of learning. To this end this infographic is … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

Promoting the Decline of Creativity

It is a sad indictment of educational systems generally, and probably a function of the standardisation they encourage, that the creativity of students within them tends to decline the more … Continue reading

November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Critical Thinking, Critical Questions

The ability of learners to interrogate not only the content of sources, but also their authenticity and the perspective of the speaker is at the heart of critical thinking. You … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Autism – Some Symptoms

I find it incredible that I went through a thirty year teaching career without receiving any professional insights into autism. Too often students with became either ‘disciplinary’ issues because they … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Resources for Introducing Ebola into the Curriculum

This useful resource was posted on The Guardian website, and represents materials for introducing the topic of Ebola into the curriculum. To my mind, it is particularly useful to have … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Being Explicit about the HOW of Learning – the IBO Theory of Knowledge

Where departments and individuals within schools see their primary function as the transmission of information, their interest can never really focus on the reception of that information by students. It … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Effective Questioning – the Route to Critical Thinking in Learners

The quality of questions that learners are confronted by will determine how deeply they need to frame their thoughts to provide an adequate response. All teachers are aware of the … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Redefining Learning for the 21st Century

Fluencies is a new term to me but defining the effectiveness of learning, not in terms on content covered in knowledge acquisition, but in terms of process skills and competences … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Technology-Led Learning and Shifting Learning Paradigms

Some of the potential for linking learning technologies to better learning outcomes is explored in this infographic. Based on my experience of working with teachers in the introduction of new … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Assessment: New Paradigms for Learning

I’m not sure I am content with the titles authentic and traditional forms of assessment, but this certainly triggers some in interesting debating points… Source: Making the Grade – The … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

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