Monthly Archives: January 2012

What is iBooks Author? The democratisation of publishing.

iBooks Author is a new piece of software from Apple that allows you, or me, to author and distribute iBooks and enhanced media books. In my view, it’s one of the most significant software releases of all time. I’m not … Continue reading

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The Irrational Learner: doing things just because they feel right.

Driving to the station this morning, i commented to my colleague ‘i don’t like this road‘. What then ensued was a discussion of how we have some ‘favourite‘ roads and some that we just irrationally dislike. Not on any particular … Continue reading

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Does assessment work? Or are we just asking people questions because ‘that’s what we’ve always done?

Assessment is a tricky thing. There are many different ways of doing it: some good, some bad and some just plain lazy. Whilst there is no definitive answer to the question ‘does assessment work’, there is certainly a truth that … Continue reading

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The view from the window: learning our sense of place.

Experiencing an unusual sense of writers block on the train this morning, i looked out of the window and caught the most wonderful view. The train takes me through the New Forest and today, thanks to an early meeting, I … Continue reading

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The role of the curator: managing collections of learning materials and the need for a storyteller.

I’ve got a great book on the history of the Ordnance Survey. Essentially a definitive history, with some beautiful illustrations and descriptions of the early pioneering work. It pulls together various earlier histories and tells an epic story of adventure … Continue reading

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The creative urge: why do we want to share and how much does sharing form part of the learning process?

My best friend is releasing her first album later this month. It’s a brilliant, fun and feisty collection of folk songs about the trials and tribulations of a thirty something girl. And, knowing her, it’s bound to be a hit. … Continue reading

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The Language Barrier: cultural and linguistic challenges in the design of global learning.

I was in an estate agent’s office yesterday, sorting out a letting agreement, when i noticed a conversation taking place next to me. There was a father and his eight or nine year old daughter, speaking Turkish with an Agent. … Continue reading

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