3 things ed tech will (eventually) change in our schools, and 3 things it shouldn’t

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 [...]

Tackling the biggest problems in our schools: where to begin?

Education is in a tricky place across the world right now. Budgets are being squeezed, teachers are leaving in droves, and all the while the pressure increases to be more like Finland or Singapore, to get further up the PISA rankings, and to produce a flexible, creative workforce that can compete with the best in [...]

One key question all leaders should ask themselves

In his seminal book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki explains the importance of growing your asset base whilst shrinking your liabilities. The middle-class convention, he says, is to burden ourselves with liabilities which deplete our income and leave us little left at the end of each month. A house with a mortgage is not [...]

The Power of Stories

My morning commute has recently changed: until a few weeks ago I'd spend an hour every morning crawling through Brighton traffic. A new role, working as the Education Development Trust's Independent Schools Director, meant a move. And the move means that, for the first time in my working life, I'm able to walk to work. [...]

The best way to disseminate screencasts?

I'm wondering about the best way to disseminate screencast lessons. I'm using iTunes U, but of course this is limited to either desktops, laptops, or iOS. To get screencasts out to non iOS there is Youtube, but is there anything out there which enables students to register and be able to download lessons to their [...]

The internet as a third space for 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 [...]

Are their brains changing?

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 [...]