Category Archives: Age

The Age of Digital History

Cath and i were having a heated discussion this morning: one of our friends reported that out of 5,700 episodes of PlaySchool (a favourite childhood TV programme) only 1,900 are known to survive. Her comment was that nobody would ever … Continue reading

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Relics of greatness: agility and learning

I travelled to Bristol yesterday, an old port with a long and glorious history. Still bustling, the signs of past glory are everywhere to be seen: on the dockside, lurking iron mooring posts that could anchor a moon and the … Continue reading

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Miley Cyrus vs Sinead O’Connor: feminism, mental health and the ecosystem of the Social Age

You may have seen this saga playing out: Miley Cyrus is a former Disney sweetheart, reinvented as raunchy teen seductress, selling records and generating profits for fat middle aged white men whilst being chastised by wiser, older, pillars of the … Continue reading

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Conkers: tribal wisdom and sore knuckles

Walking in the forest yesterday, the conversation turned to conkers (or horse chestnuts, if you prefer). Dionne had found the first ones of the season, lying on the ground under the spreading boughs, and this prompted a discussion about the … Continue reading

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Authority: the changing nature of authority in social learning

I need to get the clutch fixed on Herman, my 1964 Land Rover. If i was in any way competent, it probably wouldn’t be a huge job, but my level of mechanical ability stops somewhere after changing a tyre or, … Continue reading

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Social legacy: Paris Brown and the right to learn

This isn’t a post about politics and policing: it’s a post about learning and the legacy of social media. The right to learn and the right to grow up. There’s been a scandal brewing in the UK over the last … Continue reading

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The rebirth of knowledge: part 4 – wonder

This week i’m away from work, skiing in Finland, so instead of the usual fare, i present a five part series on ‘the rebirth of knowledge’. A light hearted look at how our relationship with knowledge is changing: from something … Continue reading

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Foundations: Singapore Diary day 3 (Learning, knowledge and meaning)

Whilst working in Singapore this week, i’m exploring learning, knowledge and meaning from a variety of angles. Yesterday we looked at how meaning can emerge from apparent chaos, how learning is based upon good communication and, perhaps, understanding how what … Continue reading

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Dad knows best: informal learning across the generations

I’m heading to London on the 08.59 train. I like this one, it misses the commuter rush but still gets you there fast. It’s usually half empty, so finding a set and table to write at is easy too. Today, … Continue reading

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Can you future proof learning? An exercise in futility

Regular readers will have met Herman before. He is my 1964 Land Rover campervan. Herman is many things: fun, lively and likely to grab attention wherever i stop. He is also desperately unreliable and impractical. In 1964 he was cutting … Continue reading

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