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How to Help Your Teens Choose the Right College for Them

Those acceptance letters are (hopefully) rolling in, and it’s just about time to make the final decision: Where will your kid go to college? Read more...
Tags: Teens, Learning, Education, Parenting, College, University, Lifehacks, Right College




How to Study a Language So You Can Actually Understand It

There’s a big difference between leveling up in a language learning app and being able to speak and understand your target language when you arrive in a new country. Rather than wondering which app or approach is “best,” consider studying your language from multiple directions. Read more...
Tags: Travel, Learning, Education, Language, Lifehacks, Foreign Languages


The power of the narrative

Photo from Flickr I'm fascinated by story telling, and I often wonder why TV series are so compelling. This is especially so when I'm binge watching a DVD boxed set. Whether you are a fan of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings or Line of Duty (or all of them!), you will probably, like many millions of people each week, devote yourself avidly to watching as the tales unfold on your screens.Generally, such TV shows are so compelling because they ...
Tags: Learning, Education, Teaching, Harry Potter, Pedagogy, Character, eLearning, Story Telling, Kurt Vonnegut, Glen, Chekov, Frodo, Daenerys Targaryen, Ron Weasley, Daenerys, Steve Wheeler


6 Reasons You Should Consider Furthering Your Education

When it comes to furthering your education it can difficult to know whether it is the right decision for you. With some many different things to consider before making your final decision, you need to be sure it’s the best route for you to take. Yes, it can be expensive and take up a lot of your time and your energy, there are also lots of benefits to furthering your study. With that in mind, here are 6 reasons you should further your education: 1. It Can Lead To A Better Career. One ...
Tags: Startups, Learning, Education, Further Education, Others


Honesty and dialogue

Photo from Pixnio One of the most important lessons I learnt right at the start of my career in education was that teaching was not about 'telling' but about communication. I spent time like any teacher, struggling to share what I knew with students, almost like I was a jug, pouring my knowledge into their mugs. How arrogant that must have seemed.I soon adopted a more participative approach where my students and I had more of a dialogue about what was being learnt. Content was still jus...
Tags: London, Learning, Education, Communication, Change, Teaching, Honesty, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Richard Gerver


Openness in the Digital Age

Here's a wonderful video montage of the Open Education in a Digital Age event that took place recently in Romania. It was hosted by the Virtual Campus department/Centre for e-Learning at the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, and it captures much of the essence of what was discussed about openness, digital media in education and the future of learning. My opening question for everyone was 'how open are you, as a teacher?'Openness in the Digital Age by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, Eng...
Tags: Video, Technology, Media, Learning, Education, Digital, Romania, eLearning, E-learning, Open, Timisoara, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Virtual Campus, Polytechnic University of Timisoara


Viacom-owned kids streaming service Noggin acquires educational app Sparkler

Viacom’s Nickelodeon is doubling down on the educational aspects of its preschooler-focused streaming service, Noggin, with the acquisition of the early childhood learning platform Sparkler. Announced on Friday, the deal will see Sparkler’s technology integrated into Noggin over the next year, and makes Sparkler’s co-founder and CEO Kristen Kane the new head of the Noggin streaming service. Deal terms were not disclosed. Kane founded Sparkler after previously working as the founding COO of...
Tags: Google, Apps, Family, TV, New York, Television, Kids, Media, Fcc, Learning, Education, Parents, Children, Entertainment, Tech, Bloomberg


Digital Learning in Organizations

Cover design by Kogan Page My new book will be published on April 3 by Kogan Page. Digital Learning in Organizations has already been positively reviewed by several leading figures in the world of Learning and Development (L and D), including Jane Hart, Laura Overton, Charles Jennings, Edmund Monk and Richard Gerver, and it includes case studies and interviews with many more, as well as forewords by Donald H Taylor and Shelly Terrell.The book is aimed at those working as learning and deve...
Tags: Business, Technology, Learning, Education, eLearning, E-learning, Kindle Amazon, Corporate Training, Personalisation, Mobile Learning, Kogan, Kogan Page, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Digital Learning, L&D


Confessions of a teacher

Photo from Wikimedia Commons During the life of the Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference (PELeCon), we tried to be innovative, introducing new features each of the ten years the event ran. One of the most innovative (and perhaps controversial) was the inclusion of a confessional booth during the final PELeCon. The idea was simple, and a counterpoint to the sometimes congratulatory culture seen in most conferences. In most other events, all delegates hear are the success stories, and ho...
Tags: London, Learning, Education, Youtube, Social Media, Teaching, Teachers, Schools, Honesty, Confessions, eLearning, Tolerance, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Pelc, Pelecon


#3quotes from Papert

Image from Wikimedia Commons MIT professor Seymour Papert wanted to turn education on its head.He was disillusioned with the idea that we should 'instruct' children and that they would learn solely from content delivery. He was particularly critical of the use of computers as 'replacements' for teachers. There's a clear indication of those sentiments in this quote from his seminal work from 1980, Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas: “In many schools today, the phrase 'com...
Tags: New York, Technology, Learning, Education, Computers, Teaching, Brighton, Schools, eLearning, Seymour Papert, Papert, Making, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Mindstorms, Doing


Is sharing caring? #OpenBlog19

Photo by Krzyboy2o on Wikimedia Commons This is a post for #OpenBlog19. I attended an event in Utrecht, in the Netherlands way back in 2007, at around the time that social media was emerging as a serious learning technology. Together for two days, we discussed how digital technologies and networks could support learning. The event was called 'Show that you Share' and focused on tools such as Creative Commons, personal learning environments and mobile phones as a means of creating, shari...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Knowledge, Social Media, Sharing, Smartphone, Copyright, Netherlands, Creative Commons, Utrecht, eLearning, PLE, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Personal Learning Environment


How to Tell if Your Kid Is Ready for Preschool

From the time my son was an infant until he was about 2-1/2, he was in daycare for 45 hours per week. He was chronically overstimulated, which was exacerbated by the fact that he couldn’t/wouldn’t nap at the daycare.Read more...
Tags: School, Learning, Education, Lifehacks, Preschool


Personal and personalised learning

Photo by Marshall Henrie on Wikimedia Commons My keynote speech at the nextEd2019 conference in Lisbon was titled 'Personalising learning in the digital age'. I explored some of the older concepts such as personal learning environments, networked learning and desire lines, before moving on to discuss some of the latest thinking around personal learning.The event, organised by the Open University of Portugal, also featured several of the celebrated veterans of open and distance education...
Tags: Learning, Education, Scaffolding, Spain, Personal, Portugal, Brazil, Guide, Terry Anderson, eLearning, Lisbon, Lisbon Portugal, PLE, Steve Wheeler, PLN, Jeronimos Monastery


#3quotes from Bruner

Photo by Crabchick on Flickr In my #3quotes series I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas and theories in context. Too often, writers cite from theorists using secondary sources instead of delving into the original texts. In this post I will featuring direct quotations from legendary American psychologist Jerome S Bruner, whose work focused on the psychology of learning, pedagogical methods such as instructional scaffoldi...
Tags: School, Technology, Learning, Education, Boston, Scaffolding, Teaching, Ross, eLearning, Harvard University Press, Bruner, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Social Constructivism, Crabchick, Jerome S Bruner


5 year old me

5 year old me in Gibraltar What would I say to my 5-year-old self? If was to travel back in time and meet myself as a child, just as I was about to enter school for the first time, what advice would I give?The whole world would be opening up for me, and I would have my entire future ahead. What advice would I give to that 5-year-old version of me?On reflection, school was an uncomfortable, frightening place where bigger, stronger people told me what I could and couldn't do. I was assign...
Tags: School, Learning, Education, Children, Bullying, Future, Success, Monkeys, Gibraltar, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England


China tells teachers to quit assigning homework through WeChat

China’s education authorities are about to take some burden off parents with school-aged children. A proposal posted last week by the Department of Education in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang said teachers should be banned from using WeChat, QQ or other mobile apps to assign homework or ask parents to grade students’ assignments. As mobile internet booms in China, phones have become an extension of daily activities, including school practices. Instead of announcing homework in class or han...
Tags: Asia, Learning, Education, China, Tech, Software, Beijing, Tencent, WeChat, Homework, Shenzhen, Zuoyebang, Department Of Education, Zhejiang, NetEase, Ministry of Education


#3quotes from Holt

Image from Wikimedia Commons In this series called #3quotes I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas within context. Too often, writers cite from theorists without delving into the original texts. In this post I feature the American educator John Holt. Holt was best known for his progressive approach to education, and his criticisms of state-funded school systems. I have drawn three quotes from his 1983 classic How Children...
Tags: New York, Learning, Education, Teaching, Schools, eLearning, Lisa, Holt, John Holt, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Progressive Education, John Holt Holt, De Capo Press Previous


March of the robots

Photo by Steve Wheeler Anyone who has ever attended the BETT Show will tell you it is vast, chaotic and very commercial. The latter is inevitable, because BETT is a free-entry event, and someone has to pay to make sure the four day education show happens. BETT was bigger than ever this year, with more vendors and more visitors, overspilling into an additional space across the corridor from the usual trade show venue.As I wandered around the show this year, skilfully sidestepping the min...
Tags: Programming, Technology, Learning, Education, Teachers, Robots, Schools, eLearning, Classroom, Bett, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, BETT2019, VEX Robotics, Seymour Papert Mitch Resnick


#3quotes from Rogers

Image from Wikimedia Commons Although he originally practised as a psychotherapist, Carl Rogers was intensely interested in education. His 1969 publication Freedom to Learn is now considered a classic of education. It was certainly required reading during my own teacher training. Rogers' approach to both psychotherapy and education was humanistic and thus person-centred. His view on learning was that children needed to be fully engaged rather than passive in the classroom:"It is most im...
Tags: Learning, Students, Education, Teachers, eLearning, Rogers, Carl Rogers, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Humanism, Unconditional Positive Regard, Charles Merrill Publishing Previous


#3quotes from Vygotsky

Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky is revered as a notable pioneer of research into learning and cognitive development. Although his writings were suppressed in the West for several decades, they eventually emerged in the 70s, representative of a progressive view of constructivism, in which the social was seen as a major influence on learning.His seminal work Mind in Society (1978) has been widely cited although not widely read, but it is important to draw Vygotsky's ideas from their origin. Her...
Tags: Social, School, Learning, Education, Teaching, West, eLearning, Cultural, Vygotsky, ZPD, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Constructivism, Lev Vygotsky, Mind in Society, Harvard University Press Previous


#3quotes from Dewey

One of the most valued books in my personal library was first published over a hundred years ago, in 1916. It's by John Dewey and is called Democracy and Education. One of the first things I learnt from reading Dewey, is that we don't teach subjects, we teach people. Dewey opposed the mechanistic methods of education that were prevalent in his day, proposing (then) radical solutions. His thoughts about the nature of education extend to what cannot be taught, but is learnt by experience:"There i...
Tags: Learning, Education, Democracy, Stem, Curriculum, Teachers, Schools, Pedagogy, eLearning, John Dewey, Dewey, Illich, Differentiation, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Learning By Doing


#3quotes from Illich

This is a continuation of my short blog series on 3 quotes from seminal education writers. Today, I feature the anarchist education theorist Ivan Illich.For many, Ivan Illich remains one of the sternest critics of compulsory mass education. His controversial volume Deschooling Society (1970) was a radical, neo-Marxist perspective on the control exerted upon society by oppressive education systems. It was also a progressive manifesto for change, where he espoused 'Learning Webs' (the title of Ch...
Tags: London, Learning, Education, Teaching, Schools, eLearning, Illich, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Ivan Illich, WEBS, Funnels, Deschooling, Marion Boyers Publishers Previous


#3quotes from Freire

One of the most valued books in my personal education library is Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970) by the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. If you are a teacher but haven't yet read it, I thoroughly recommend it - this book is a game changer. Here I present some of my annotations to accompany three classic quotes from the book, to get you started:Freire is critical of the transmission method found in schools, in which what he calls the 'banking concept', is consistently applied. This is where tea...
Tags: London, Learning, Education, Teachers, Schools, Pedagogy, eLearning, Narrative, Dialogue, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Freire, Paulo Freire, Problem Posing Education, Transmission Method


What’s the Lumina Prize? You could have the winning idea!

Lumina Foundation is partnering with Big Think to unearth the next large-scale, rapid innovation in post-high school education. Let's lift Americans up the economic ladder and redefine education and training for the new economy. Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Its goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy. If you have an idea that could empo...
Tags: Sponsored, Learning, Education, New York City, Entrepreneur, Innovation, Social Change, Lumina Foundation


A pain in the Arts

Photo by Steve Wheeler In yesterday's post about the BETT Show, I wrote about how people are the most important element of the massive education trade show. I met up with many old friends and colleagues during the 3 days I was at the show, and especially enjoyed catching up with some I had worked with during my time at Plymouth University. One, James Bettany, is still teaching there, and we spent a good two hours together reminiscing, and exchanging news. James mentioned to me that he i...
Tags: Hollywood, Arts, Learning, Education, Government, Teaching, Schools, Harry Potter, Michael Rosen, eLearning, James, Isaacs, Rosen, Goldsmiths University, Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy


People at #BETT2019

Photo by Steve Wheeler I'm just back from another BETT Show, and I intend to write some reflections on what I saw, heard and experienced in future posts. Watch this space. But first, I want to write about the most important element....For me, the highlight of every BETT Show is not the vendors, nor is it the shiny technology - it's the people. The London Excel centre is a vast warehouse of space, and it takes a long time to wend your way across its acres of carpet. But at just about eve...
Tags: Technology, London, Learning, Education, Teachers, Schools, eLearning, Fringe, Drew Buddie, Educators, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Bill Lord, Teachmeet, Ian Usher, BETT2019


Breaking the rules, banana cake and Brexit

Image from Pexels Here's a quote for you to consider: "Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools." It has been variously attributed to World War 2 RAF fighter ace Douglas Bader, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and inevitably, Albert Einstein. All of these were notorious for breaking or bending the rules, in various ways throughout their careers, and we are grateful that they did. It doesn't matter about the origin of the quote - it resonates with mavericks, non-...
Tags: School, UK, Learning, Education, Albert Einstein, Richard Branson, Raf, Parliament, Rules, eLearning, Brexit, Behaviour, Elwood, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Douglas Bader


Spilt milk

Photo by Newtown Graffiti on Flickr  Accidents will happen. And occasionally, maybe they should. Accidents are not welcome in most schools. Children are usually told to be more careful and 'not to do it again' when mishaps occur. Yet accidents can often be just as important in our education as learning knowledge and skills. What's more, they probably prepare students for a world of work where mistakes may not necessarily be a bad thing. Reflect for a moment on some of the serendipitous ...
Tags: School, Technology, Learning, Education, Accidents, Failure, Teachers, Assessment, Canon, eLearning, Serendipity, Spencer, Raytheon, Alexander Fleming, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England


Bright But Different: How to Best Help Your Child with Learning Differences to Succeed

All children are smart in their own way. Some children, however, have individual learning styles that don’t allow them to succeed with traditional learning methods. These children are not disabled. They’re quite capable of learning everything their peers learn. They just learn in a different way. But children with learning differences are often robbed of their confidence and joy. It can be tremendously difficult for parents to accept that their child may have a learning challenge that int...
Tags: Psychology, General, Learning, Students, Parenting, College, Failure, Self-help, Learning disability, Jason, Children And Teens, Success & Achievement, Carly, School Issues, Learning Differences, Learning Style



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