Most of us, if we are reading this, are in positions of trust. We have been through interviews, often rigorous, to select us as being the most suitable for our role, and as a result have a degree of authority delegated to us to enable us to fulfil our duties. We have KPIs, whether they … Continue reading Goal-Directed Learning: helping students find their own pathways to success
Imagine that the time between the first UK government schools being set up (1833) and the present day is represented by a 24-hour clock. At what time do you think the internet and ed tech appeared? My back-of-fag-packet calculation puts the internet at 11.47pm and the iPad at 11.56pm. Is there any wonder why we’re … Continue reading 3 things ed tech will (eventually) change in our schools, and 3 things it shouldn’t
When I first began writing about the iPad in education, I remember being enthused and excited by what it had to offer within the 21st century classroom. As one of the first colleges in the country to go iPad 1:1, I knew Parkside 6th were breaking new ground, with all the stresses that entailed. We learnt as we … Continue reading Revisiting the iPad in education: 4 years on
In their 2009 MIT book The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age, Davidson and Goldberg put forward ten principles for how learning institutions will need to change in order to reflect the growth of importance in the internet and digital tools for media consumption and creation. These ten principles should underpin how we … Continue reading Ten Principles for the Future of Learning
In my roles as both teacher of English and head of teaching and learning at at federation of schools in Cambridge UK, I have become more and more aware of how the internet and digital tools like the iPad have created a new space in which to learn. We should now think of this as … Continue reading The internet as a third space for learning
Research into the brain's neuro-plasticity suggests that young people's brains are different from ours. For the first time since formal education began, we are dealing with a generation of learners who think differently from the way we do. Their visual memory and visual processing skills are now far more dominant than our own, which must … Continue reading Are their brains changing?