Tag Archives: Music

Let your hands do the talking: representation and abstraction

Following on from yesterday’s post, i’m on holiday this week and spending some time teaching my niece to draw. I’ve been wrestling with the notion of how to move her (at the age of ten) from direct representation to more … Continue reading

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Music

Music is a language through which we speak: it lets us add layers of meaning, emotion and energy on top of the words that we use. Music is the ultimate co-creative process, through composing, performing and listening, it joins us … Continue reading

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Clear stories

The summer always brings festivals: a chance to hear music that one knows and loves as well as to discover new talent. This evening, i’ve been to a gig in Hoxton by Evening Hymns, a Canadian artist, performing tracks from … Continue reading

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Can Brian May save the day? Apes, astrophysics and the perils of the Social Age

Once in a while, circumstances allow you to bring all your favourite things together in one place. Today is that day: i get to write about Queen, endangered animals, social media and learning. We’re in the middle of a crisis: … Continue reading

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Where are your communities? Mapping social learning in the real world and the record store

Concerto is one of Amsterdam’s oldest and best record stores. It has rooms for every genre, as well as a sizeable second hand vinyl department, knowledgeable staff and a great cafe. It’s a ten minute walk from where i’m living … 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

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How do we communicate? A song about the languages of learning

I’m editing my new book on ‘music in learning‘ and trying to draw out my thoughts into some practical models around the subject. Part of this involves trying to characterise how we use different the different languages of learning to … Continue reading

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Seven strands of co-creation: reflecting on how we learn together in social learning spaces

We achieve more together than we ever can alone. Social learning spaces do not just bring us together to share what we have learnt, they bring us together in spaces where we co-create meaning, where we write a story together. … Continue reading

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Discovering new ideas: developing our professional practice

I spent last week working on the new book on ‘music in learning‘, taking time out of my everyday routine to dedicate to writing. I learnt a lot during that time. These short sabbaticals are invaluable: opportunities to develop new … Continue reading

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Music in learning: social learning communities and personal learning networks

In this final extract from my new book on ‘music in learning’, i’m looking at learning communities and exploring how we come together to learn. I have completed the first draft of the book this week and now starting the … Continue reading

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