Category Archives: Language

Language

I’m in Singapore today, immersed in a culture that is so totally familiar to anyone English, yet so very far from home. United by a language and history, divided by the seas. As i sat in the taxi from the … Continue reading

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Let’s start a band: coordinated social learning

I’ve been trying recently to tease out the lessons we can learn from music when it comes to learning design and the learning experience. We communicate in so many different languages in our social lives, but so very few in … Continue reading

Posted in Choreography, Collaboration, Community, Conversation, Creative, Engagement, Knowledge, Language, Learning, Learning Design, Music, Narrative, Performance, Social Learning, Stories, Storytelling | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Tone of voice in learning: curating the experience

When i look along my bookshelf, i see academic textbooks, graphic novels, fiction, autobiography, books i’ve read multiple times, books i’ve never touched since they landed, every flavour and style you can imagine. Each one presented with it’s own tone … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptability, Agile, Authority, Conversation, Curation, Experience, Identity, Instructional Design, Language, Learning Design, Message, Narrative, Rapport, Tone of Voice | Tagged , , , , | 16 Comments

Music in learning: formal education

This week i’m working to finish my new book on ‘music in learning’. It’s based on interviews with musicians and music fans to understand how the process of learning music, of creating music, has changed them. Throughout this week i’m … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Book, Creative, Experience, Language, Learning, Meaning, Music, School, Stories, Teaching, Writing | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Choose your words carefully: semantic stretch and why not to be super cool

Big data is the big thing: finding meaning in the chaos, teasing out the truth, so i was particularly interested in a project that discussed an analysis of how our use of certain words has evolved over time and how … Continue reading

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People connect with people: why a conversational tone of voice suits social learning

I was up in London earlier this week, sat in the reception of the Gherkin, one of the landmark buildings that houses a number of my clients. Ah, i thought, they’ve changed the chairs. They used to have large red … Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Effectiveness, Formal Spaces, Informal Spaces, Jargon, Language, Learning, News, Social Learning, Social Media, Stories, Storytelling, Tone of Voice, Words, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Busking it: how the desire to communicate transcends language

Royal Festival Hall is a prestigious venue on the South Bank of the Thames in London, noted for it’s innovative programme of dance and music and frequented by people like me for it’s free WiFi and comfortable sofas. Normally it’s … Continue reading

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