The change to a new year is always an interesting time to look back – and to look forward, make new plans, declare new resolutions and generally make changes where we feel they will help us be more effective and/or … Continue reading The next 30 years?
The holiday break is a good opportunity for many of us to catch up on some reading and re-charge our thinking ahead of coming back to face a new year. As we come to the end of the first decade … Continue reading Holiday reading
In a number of forums recently I’ve heard teachers discussing how they go about looking for authentic contexts on which to base their project-based or inquiry-based learning approaches with students. The challenge they discuss is how to make the focus … Continue reading Authentic learning contexts
I’ve been doing some research recently for a report I’m writing on digital literacy and came across this video showing two hunters posing with a lion they’d just shot… watch to see what happens! My initial reaction of disgust at … Continue reading Hyper-vigilence required
At the Aurora Institute symposium that I spoke at recently I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Matt and Courtney who run a podcast site called Personalised Learning with Matt and Courtney. These guys have curated a wonderful set of podcasts that feature educators from a wide range of backgrounds sharing their thoughts on what we need to be doing to achieve a more personalised approach in our education system. I discussed with Matt and Courtney the reasons why we need a more ‘future focused’ approach in our education system, and what some of the things are that we … Continue reading Transforming our system
I’ve been reflecting on the interview I did with Susan Patrick at the end of my keynote at the recent iNACOL symposium in Palm Springs – about one question in particular. During the interview Susan referred to the work of Phil McKinney who talks about using “killer questions” to inspire innovation. Susan’s question for me was, “What killer questions do you think should be used to help innovate the U.S. Education System?” Not being that familiar with the US Education system, nor even wanting to pretend I have expertise in that area, I tried to make my response as broad … Continue reading Killer Questions
There’s an old saying “weighing the pig doesn’t make it fatter,” which expresses the simple truth that coming up with new, more frequent and elaborate measurements will never take the place of adequate nourishment and husbandry. This metaphor applies in educational settings where, on the one hand, there is a genuine commitment to addressing the learning needs and aspirations of each learner in their local setting, and on the other, the regime of externally mandated tests to standards that are likely to change or be adapted at any time depending on the whim of whoever is in charge at the … Continue reading Time to weigh the pig?