Category Archives: Concepts

Intertwined Systems

There’s an illusion of a woodcut that you may have seen: look at it, and you see the silhouette of an old women, but then, the image shifts, and you see a young woman’s face. Concentrate hard, and it shifts … 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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Music and learning: drawing my conclusions

Today i’m finishing the first draft of my book on ‘music in learning’. In this chapter, i’m drawing the ideas together: in many ways, it’s the most fun part to write. This is the first draft of that chapter: This … Continue reading

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Learning, knowledge and meaning: Singapore Diary day 1

As i’m sat in the departure lounge of Heathrow airport, waiting for the flight to Singapore, my mind turns to meaning. Take Starbucks: i’m drinking my skinny latte out of the familiar paper cup with the green logo on it. … Continue reading

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Fables or Thrillers? Why some things are harder to remember than others

Some things are just easy to remember, whilst others are much harder. I was listening to an audiobook yesterday about consciousness. It gave a really fascinating view of ‘the democracy of self’, talking about how low level ‘zombie’ systems constantly … Continue reading

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Exploring Learning Styles: does an understanding of them make us better able to design learning?

The notion of learning styles is interesting: that we can identify different ways that people learn and, through this understanding, design materials and experiences that best suit each of these styles. It’s appealing: an engineering approach that tells us we … Continue reading

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A week of writing: Day 3 – Lego

Yesterday ran in fits and starts. The morning was easy, charging through a section on the role of the guide in learning, but from there it got harder. Whilst i was putting words down, it started to feel unstructured, rambling, … Continue reading

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