Category Archives: Exploration

The Boatman

The windows were steamed up this morning: single glazing lets the warm, humid air inside the cottage connect with glass cooled by the fresh sea breeze outside. At this touchpoint, this connection, the condensation forms. Fine drops of water coalescing … Continue reading

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Becoming an Explorer: Google Glass for Learning

I must have spent literally hours glued to the pages of the Argos catalogue: i can still remember the feel of it’s thin, crinkly paper that would stick to your fingers as you turned the pages. The Playmobil section was … Continue reading

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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

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