Category Archives: Exploration

Pathways

I went for a game of Scrabble after work yesterday with Laura. I’m just working in Bath, staying in a hotel for a few days but, as Laura lives near here, she knew the best pub with a Scrabble set. … Continue reading

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Collaboration and the proliferation of ideas

I’m in New York this week presenting at a conference and developing new ideas. I love these events: a chance to share thoughts, forcing me to create narratives that weave through the many different stories and ideas i get to … Continue reading

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Finding Nemo: discovery and disturbance in learning

I went snorkelling for the first time in Malaysia, off one of the southern islands, Sibu. I’m not a strong swimmer, so the thought of going out of my depth made me nervous, but the addition of a lifejacket dispelled … Continue reading

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Playing with learning: a very sociable model

A conversation on Twitter this morning has made me think about play. Playing is all about learning: it can be a solitary activity or done with friends, it can be done in dedicated ‘formally‘ defined play spaces, or it can … Continue reading

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Learning from art: social learning in museums and the difference between virtual and real

Seeking inspiration yesterday, i ventured into the Stedilijk museum in Amsterdam. It promised to help me in two ways: a world class collection of modern art and unlimited free WiFi. The perfect destination. We appreciate art on two levels: the … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Collaboration, Community, Concepts, Creative, Environment, Experience, Exploration, Formal Spaces, History, Knowledge, Learning, Meaning, Museum Education, Narrative, Nuance, Social Learning, Stories | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Taking the long way around: circular routes to learning

I am forever getting lost in Amsterdam, which is odd as it’s quite a small city. The problem comes from the way it’s arranged in a series of concentric horseshoe shapes around the canals. This makes it very pretty, you … Continue reading

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Forming bonds and partnerships in social learning: joining the community

My first week in Amsterdam and i’m starting to make friends. The guy in the off licence who sold me the wine, the girl in the coffee shop where i’m writing now, the elderly neighbour. Our initial partnerships are formal, … Continue reading

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Discovering new ideas: developing our professional practice

I spent last week working on the new book on ‘music in learning‘, taking time out of my everyday routine to dedicate to writing. I learnt a lot during that time. These short sabbaticals are invaluable: opportunities to develop new … Continue reading

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The convergence of mobile and social learning

I used to view mobile and social learning separately: social learning as ‘the semi formal layers of learning that surround the formal‘ and mobile learning as primarily technology, but my mindset has changed. Increasingly they form, for me, part of … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Apps, Assessment, Blended Learning, Design, E-Learning, Everyday Reality, Exploration, Formal Spaces, Informal Spaces, Learning, Learning Journey, Learning Methodology, Learning Technology, Mobile Learning, Social Learning | Tagged , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Learning science: the power of steam

Christmas is a time for families and for me that means my nine year old niece and six year old nephew. Once the flurry of wrapping paper has subsided and the boxes have been ripped open, once the new spaceship … Continue reading

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