Monthly Archives: January 2012

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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Teaching Computer Science: why an overhaul of the school curriculum may be long overdue.

In the news today, the Government is overhauling how IT is taught in schools, with the focus to shift away from learning specific applications, such as Word and PowerPoint (Information Communications Technology or ICT), and more towards underlying coding and … Continue reading

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Practicing poetry: Things you never finish learning.

Poetry has been part of my life for as long as i can remember, but i’ve never consciously learnt how to write it. In fact, i’m not sure you ever can. My interest has resurged of late as I have … Continue reading

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Learning in the Knowledge economy. Agility and flex as skills for survival.

People talk about how we are transitioning from an ‘industrial’, to a ‘knowledge’ economy, but they are wrong. We are already there. We live at a time when ‘what you know’ is secondary to ‘how you find out’. Your ability … Continue reading

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Testing our limits. Why making small mistakes is essential to learning.

Yesterday a friend was driving me to a meeting. I hope she will forgive me for using her driving as an example of how we learn. This particular friend has just learnt to drive (at the age of 25. I … Continue reading

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How much knowledge is a good thing? Learning when to ask for help when the car breaks down.

So my car wouldn’t start yesterday. I turned the key and it made a kind of rapid clicking noise, but no sound of the engine roaring into life. This was a disappointment, as i had places to be and things … Continue reading

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Playing with Lego: Educational Apps that combine experience with assessment and feedback.

Blended learning is about combining real world experiences with virtual ones. When done well, it takes the best of both experiences and creates something that offers benefits greater than can be achieved in isolation. An example of this in action … Continue reading

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