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Grades are like grenades

Photo from Flickr  Grades are grenades exploding in the mind like waves and wounding little children as they try to find a place to avoid the flying shrapnel of sarcasm and hide behind the walls they build and weep within a chasm of silence their faces contorted with confusion at the verbal violence. Grades are like grenades With remnants of regret they strive to avoid the bottom set while aspiring to be the teacher’s pet which is something many grasp for but few will re...
Tags: Learning, Education, Children, Teachers, Assessment, Testing, Schools, Content, Grades, eLearning, Steve Wheeler

Engaging online learners 5

Photo from Pixabay This series is about how teachers can improve engagement for online learners (see links below for previous posts in the series). All forms of education require learners to engage, but when teachers and their students are separated by geographical distance, the challenges increase.This post is about improving student engagement in asynchronous modes - which can be forgotten in the rush to connect with video. And yet asynchronous modes of online learning can be as equally...
Tags: Video, Technology, Learning, Education, Writing, Teaching, Practice, eLearning, Don, Collaborative, Maria von Trapp, Distance, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Reflective, Hypermedia

Engaging online learners 4

Photo by Julia M Cameron on Pexels In previous posts in this series (see links below), I explored some of the nuances of engaging online learners in creative writing and critical thinking. It's not an easy prospect, especially when you are some distance away and all your communication is being mediated through technology.The next two posts will focus on some of the methods used to engage students for other purposes, for example, reflection on practice, problem solving, creating content an...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Learning, Education, Online, Forum, Engagement, Focus, Facetime, eLearning, Backchannel, Discussion, Distance, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Julia M Cameron

Engaging online learners 3

Photo by Steve Wheeler In previous posts here and also here, I wrote about how to engage learners in online collaborative writing. I developed a 5 step model based on the work of Lani Gunawardena (1995) which I used to promote deeper and more critical engagement for online learners working in wikis. Here's a snapshot of the model: The model starts with Exploration (where students are finding out about their new learning environment, discovering the do's and dont's and generally orientati...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Support, Wiki, Online, Creative writing, Activity, Engagement, eLearning, Discussion, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Lani Gunawardena, Steve Wheeler ReferenceGunawardena, International Journal of Educational Technologies

Engaging online learners 2

Photo from  Pxhere In my previous blog post I remarked that engaging learners can be difficult in any context, but is often harder in online environments. Today, as many of us attempt to teach online, it's often that case that a lot of our energy is expended on keeping students focused and engaged - and at a distance. I also mentioned a very useful model that promotes creative, collaboration online writing. From Gunawardena (1995) we get this five phase model. It can be adapted for a...
Tags: Technology, Education, Writing, Wiki, Online, Activity, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Learner, Engaging, International Journal of Educational Technologies, Gunawardena, Warburton Eds Social Software

Engaging online learners 1

Photo by Steve Wheeler Engaging learners can be difficult in any context. Engaging them in online environments can amplify the problem. You're not in the room to intervene, and behaviour management is much more of a concern when you're separated from your students. It's not as if you can run down the corridor and bang a few heads together. All you have is your voice. And perhaps your social presence, if you know how to invoke it. From my experience in traditional classrooms lack of...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Wiki, Online, Collaboration, Engagement, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, International Journal of Educational Technologies, Gunawardena, Warburton Eds Social Software

Mixed up

There's been a lot of idle chit-chat about blended learning, and how 'indispensable' it is during the historic online pivot. Blended this and blended that - it's spoken of as though it were some kind of magic bullet that will cure all pedagogical ills. It isn't. But it could be.No, scrub that. It isn't. Blended is simply a crazy idea that learning can occur anywhere, in both formal and informal contexts, inside school and outside of it, using a mix of technology - as and when it suits. I wish I...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Teachers, Pedagogy, eLearning, Don, Distance, Blended, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Formal, Informal, On-campus

Finding a balance

Photo by Wiros on Wikimedia Commons Here's another response to a question I received from participants during the recent webinar I presented for EDEN. You can watch the entire webinar on YouTube at this link. The question is one of several I couldn't answer in full because of time constraints, so here is the question again with a few additional thoughts: A major challenge at the moment, especially for teachers, but also translated to students, is keeping up with the curriculum. This lim...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Balance, Choice, Curriculum, Personal, Teaching, Testing, ALEC, eLearning, Eden, Tom Petty, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Wikimedia Commons Here

Problem based learning

Photo by Cyrano82  on Deviant Art Over the course of the next few posts, I'm responding directly and more expansively to some of the questions posted during my live webinar for EDEN. For those who are not familiar with EDEN, it's a large international organisation dedicated to the promotion of distance education and e-learning. It has its roots in Europe, but its scope is truly international, with members from many other countries across the globe. During the pandemic crisis, EDEN has ...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Learning, Education, Youtube, Online, Community, eLearning, E-learning, Eden, Pbl, Distance, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Paragogy

Building online communities of learning

I presented a webinar for EDEN's series on education in the time of a pandemic' earlier today, and was pleased to see almost 300 participants from across the globe. I covered a lot of theory and related it to practice, offering some worked examples of how I had previously conducted online learning in undergraduate and post-graduate education programmes.I paid specific attention to the building of community, touching on issues around empathy, tutor knowledge, teacher passion, social presence and ...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Online, Devices, Teachers, Community, eLearning, Eden, Distance, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Immediacy, Social Presence

Lockdown learning

Photo source: Pexels Social distancing. Stay at home. Lockdown. These are phrases that will be forever synonymous with the year 2020 - the year of the virus. And what about resilience?We are only a third of the way through this terrible year, and there will be more pain to come. But we are a resilient people. Humanity doesn't just lay down and submit. We fight back. When we are going through Hell, we keep going. And that's a tribute not only to essential front-line staff such as health ...
Tags: School, Video, Technology, Learning, Education, Teams, Pedagogy, Skype, Google Hangouts, Teacher, eLearning, Zoom, Distance, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Pandemic

Your digital identity

Image credit: Tim Green on Flickr Human identity is a fascinating concept - it's how you distinguish between yourself and others, and it's a central aspect of your unique personality. It's who you are, and how you represent yourself to others. It's also quite a complex part of being human, because identity can shift depending on context, interactions, social influence and a host of other variables. When we immerse ourselves in the digital world, and we mediate our communication through te...
Tags: Social, Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Selfie, Digital, Online, Personality, Teachers, Pedagogy, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Tim Green, Identty

Digital identity

Image credit: Tim Green on Flickr Human identity is a fascinating concept - it's how you distinguish between yourself and others, and it's a central aspect of your unique personality. It's who you are, and how you respresent yourself to others. It's also quite a complex part of being human, because identity can shift depending on context, interactions, social influence and a host of other variables. When we immerse ourselves in the digital world, and we mediate our communication through t...
Tags: Social, Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Selfie, Digital, Online, Personality, Teachers, Pedagogy, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Tim Green, Identty

Digital literacies online

Photo by Steve Wheeler I'm currently writing several short online courses for educators, and I've just published the second module in my online series about digital learning. It focuses on digital competencies and literacies and takes under an hour to complete.I've written about digital literacies in previous publications, because I consider them vital for the success of any technology supported learning ventures. I believe that unless we develop appropriate digital literacies, we will ...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Digital, Skills, Online, Teachers, Schools, Pedagogy, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Readiness, Literacies, Competencies

Personal learning environments

Photo by Steve Wheeler It wasn't that long ago that I was approached by a new U.S. based online education platform called ZilLearn to ask me if I would like to write some courses.I jumped at the chance, especially in this current crisis, to create some additional online resources that might be helpful in supporting educators in the mad scramble to create online, remote learning environments for their students.And so I agreed to write a set of four micro-learning courses (each will take ...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Digital, Online, Teachers, eLearning, Wellbeing, Educators, Personalised Learning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Personal Learning Environment, Zillearn

Pandemic pedagogy

Image source: pxfuel The buildings may be closed but learning never stops, not even for a global pandemic.The following links to education resources were kindly shared by BETT earlier today as part of the global efforts to keep people learning during the Coronavirus pandemic.BETT has also created a community hub so that educators everywhere can share ideas and resources, discuss and work together online during the school closures.The first link focuses on how to lead remote learning and i...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, Technology, London, Resources, Learning, Education, Microsoft, Teaching, Pedagogy, eLearning, Pearson, Bett, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Pandemic

Technology mediated society

Photo source: Lyncconf Games on Flickr The rapid spread of the Coronavirus and the subsequent social lock-downs by many governments has meant that technology has been thrust to the forefront in many of our daily human activities. Suddenly, out of nowhere, we are being bombarded by emails from self-appointed experts in working from home and distance learning, all offering us their unwanted and unsolicited advice and support. The fact that many of us have been doing these things quite suc...
Tags: Work, School, Technology, Arts, Learning, Education, Church, Religion, Sport, Society, Online, Skype, Facetime, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England

Face to face - at a distance

Photo source: JISC I first started studying and then practicing distance education in the 80s. Back then we contended with slow modem speeds (remember them?), fixed line telephones, stand-alone computers and very small memory storage. The dominant method was correspondence courses (paper based resources, audio cassette tapes, VHS videos and eventually CDs were mailed out to students), but once the Web had begun to take hold in the early 90s, we started developing multi-user domains (bas...
Tags: Video, Technology, Learning, Education, Audio, eLearning, Distance, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Multi-media, Ray Winders, Michael G Moore, Transactional Distance Theory


Image from Pixabay IF... If you can please the Head when all about you Are losing hope and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when parents doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can teach and not be tired by teaching, Surviving on four hours of sleep each night; And work through evenings and the weekends And still be full of energy and fight; If you can plan, but not make plans your master; If you can grade, ...
Tags: Learning, Education, Knowledge, Poetry, Teaching, Ofsted, eLearning, Rudyard Kipling, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England

#CoronaVirus, class closures and communication

Photo by Pxhere At the time of writing, the Coronavirus pandemic is taking hold in many countries across the globe, and predictably, one of the many actions people are taking is social distancing. In extreme cases, where governments are locking down countries, schools, colleges and universities are closing. As the pandemic gathers pace, this is likely to become the norm.It appears then that face-to-face education, at least in the short term, is going to be imposed due to the infection ris...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Communication, Teachers, Schools, Universities, Colleges, eLearning, Don, Distance, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Thomas Russell, Coronavirus

#BrainTime 2: Time will tell

Image from Pixabay In a recent post I discussed the strange experience of  déjà vu . As far as we know, it is exclusively a human experience. I explored the possible reasons we experience that eerie sense where we feel we have experienced something previously, when in fact the experience is quite new. I mentioned that as we get older, we tend to have less  déjà vu  events. Why is this? Thiss relevant to another fairly universal human experience.It's this: As we get older, time seems to ...
Tags: Learning, Education, Age, Time, Memory, Brain, Broadway, Relativity, Einstein, eLearning, Cognition, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Rovelli, Deja Vu, Time London

#BrainTime 1: Well I never

Photo from Needpix This is the first in the #BrainTime series on the effects of time on the human mind. This is written in a simplistic style for those who are interested in thinking, memory and perception, but are not expert in the area. If you wish to read further, please consult relevant research literature.It's fascinating to consider the 'tricks of the mind' we are often exposed to. I'm not referring just to the visual perception issues, you know - the optical illusions where we se...
Tags: Learning, Education, Time, Memory, Recall, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Human Brain, Deja Vu, Jamais Vu, Presque Vu, Temporal

Exploring medical technologies

Image from Torange A lesser known fact about my career is that I have worked intermittently in medical science for quite several decades. One of my earliest jobs back in the 1980s was managing the educational technology and learning resources for several nurse education centres across the South West of England. During this time I also worked closely with several leading NHS surgeons and physicians as they developed new techniques and explored new technologies. I was involved for example...
Tags: UK, England, Technology, Learning, Education, Medicine, Research, University, Egypt, NHS, South West, eLearning, Publication, Plymouth University, BioScience, Steve Wheeler

Chance encounters

Don't put that ring on Dermot! We've all done it. Bumped into someone in an unfamiliar place, and that someone has lived a parallel life, or turns out to be personally significant in some way. I was reminded of this earlier today by Mark Anderson on Twitter, and decided the best way to relate the following story is to blog it (where I have more space).I was on a lecture tour of New Zealand in 2011, and was thoroughly enjoying my time travelling around the beautiful North Island, speakin...
Tags: Usa, Technology, Learning, Education, Cyprus, Wiki, Encounters, New Zealand, Lord Of The Rings, Wellington, eLearning, Hamilton, Online Learning, North Island, Don, ICT

Python's got legs!

Photo by Steve Wheeler No, this is not some new discovery about the evolutionary development of snakes - nor is it a reptile dysfunction. I'm referring to 2Simple Software's new offering Python In Pieces which was launched last week at the BETT Show in London.If you're a computing teacher your ears will prick up at this. Actually, if you're a teacher who's interested in anything to do with critical thinking, creativity or logical reasoning you should definitely be interested. Python In ...
Tags: Python, Technology, London, Learning, Education, Computers, Creativity, eLearning, London England, Pam Jones, Steve Wheeler, BETT Show, Bett2020, 2Simple, BETTshow, Purple Mash

What teachers need

This is the third and final post in the series on RM Integris Management Information System. In previous posts we have explored the features of the system and how students can individually benefit from the tools. In this post, we examine how teachers can benefit. window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-17267551-2'); Teachers are very busy and they require information quickly. They need to be ...
Tags: School, England, Technology, London, Learning, Education, Data, Teachers, Access, Assessment, Pedagogy, Engagement, Highcliffe School, eLearning, Dorset, Hertfordshire

What students need

Photo by Lucélia Ribeiro on Flickr This is the second of three posts on school Management Information Systems (MIS). Part one can be found at this link in which several features of the RM Integris MIS are outlined.  Children need a great deal of support throughout their learning journey. School is a complex and confusing environment to negotiate, and they need all the help they can get. Arguably one of children's most important needs is to know how well they are doing (Gardner, 2012) a...
Tags: School, Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Teachers, Assessment, Pedagogy, Performance, Feedback, eLearning, Progress, Gardner, Ripon, RM, Mis

MIS en place

Photo by Helloquence on unsplash This is the first post in a new series about School Management Information Systems.Have you ever wondered how information and communication technology (ICT) can be effectively deployed in schools? Well, unless you're a member of the senior management team, or an ICT specialist teacher, the odds are is you probably haven't. Those who exercise their minds over ICT in schools usually do so for one of two reasons - the first is that schools need to implement a...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Management, Information Technology, Teachers, Schools, Pedagogy, eLearning, ICT, Ripon, RM, Mis, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England

Is there time for learning in the workplace?

Photo by Steve Wheeler It was great to be back in Berlin - that wonderful, glittering city - to speak at Online Educa Berlin, or OEB Global, as it's now called. The event also incorporates Learning Technologies Germany, and I was invited to present a spotlight session on Day 2 with the above title (see link below).The conference itself, held at the expansive Hotel Intercontinental in Budapester Straße was attended by thousands of delegates from around the world, and it was a delight to ...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Germany, Berlin, Conference, eLearning, Chris Wolstenholme, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, 2019, Budapester Straße, EADL, Online Educa Berlin, OEB Global, Mirjam Neelen

#TwistedTrope 23. Dale's shameful cone

An important use of Dale's cone: Image from Wikimedia Commons Dale's cone is a very funny idea. It was invented by British comic actor Edgar 'Jim' Dale who knew a lot about making people laugh, but not very much about education. While on a day trip to Blackpool, the young Jim accidentally dropped his ice-cream on the sand. After a long screaming fit, he calmed down enough to notice that the up-turned cone made a pyramid shape that could be divided into convenient segments (I'm not sure ...
Tags: Learning, Education, Scotland, Development, Noah, Pandora, Britain, Margaret Thatcher, Blackpool, eLearning, Dante, Plato, Jim, Moore, London England, Chekhov

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