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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

Excavating knowledge

Photo by Steve Wheeler Theories of learning can be useful in helping us to understand the possibilities of learning, and also to guide teachers in their pedagogical practice. But to which theories should we subscribe? Furthermore, in the digital age where every aspect of our lives is governed by technology, do the theories from the last century still have relevance? The following exploration of the theory known as 'constructivism' may present some clues:Learning relies on the individual...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Knowledge, Web, Teaching, Accommodation, eLearning, Piaget, Bruner, Vygotsky, ZPD, Jerome Bruner, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Assimilation

2019: Year of human renaissance?

A key message I'm seeing already at the start of 2019 is that the 'next industrial revolution' will be about people. Joe Kaeser wrote a recent article for the World Economic Forum on the subject, and it has been echoed in publications by several others who have their fingers on the pulse.Although I'm not convinced that the term 'revolution' is apt - most technological developments feature long processes of evolution rather than sudden disruption or revolution - the argument that humans are at t...
Tags: Business, UK, Technology, Learning, Education, Future, Skills, Development, eLearning, World Economic Forum, Joe Kaeser, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Kaeser, Change agency, Richard Gerver

Practice Makes Perfect

A year or so ago I was at a wedding, and a very successful doctor started talking to me. I was very impressed with this doctor and already knew of him through several people before our meeting. He was involved in some fascinating and cutting-edge research I found quite interesting. I love meeting people who are passionate about their careers because they give off so much energy. People who achieve amazing and significant success in any profession always have a lot of passion for what they do. If...
Tags: Expertise, Florida, Featured, Learning, Education, Happiness, Careers, Los Angeles, Success, Harvard, United States, Yale, Arizona, Life Lessons, Automotive Industry, Practice

A little help from my friends

Image from Maxpixel My grandest project of 2018 has been writing a new book, which was commissioned by Kogan Page in January. Anyone who has authored a book will know how compelling, and also how lonely it can be. Throughout the year, the book has continuously exercised my mind, and I have spent countless hours of planning, thinking, researching, writing and editing.I decided to call the book 'Digital Learning in Organisations' from the outset because my expertise lies in learning techn...
Tags: Amazon, Usa, UK, New York, Learning, Education, Social Media, Development, Change, David, Italy, Mobile Devices, eLearning, David Kelly, Julian, Kogan Page

How hands-on learning fires up your brain

Learning is a mental and physical pursuit, says retired astronaut Leland Melvin. Recalling his childhood, Melvin explains how working with his dad to turn a $500 bread truck into a family RV camper ultimately made him a better astronaut, able to maneuver the $2-billion dollar Columbus Laboratory out of the payload bay of a shuttle and attach it to the International Space Station. Experiential learning — like hands-on DIY, engineering kits, and Duplo games — wires your brain for problem solvi...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Learning, Education, Parenting, Children, Nasa, Play, Brain, Creativity, Engineering, Innovation, Mind, Melvin, Leland Melvin

Fantasy and reality

Image from Pixabay Here are some of my recent (and random) thoughts about the future, science fiction and technology reality. It's not meant to be an essay, but is more a free flow of ideas around these themes. My lifelong interest in technology has almost certainly been inspired by reading science fiction novels. When I was still at school, I read voraciously - Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Robert Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick - books from all of these write...
Tags: Science Fiction, Technology, Learning, Education, Future, Training, Research, Development, Artificial Intelligence, Pedagogy, Robotics, Philip K Dick, eLearning, Connection, Heinlein, Isaac Asimov

Weapon of choice

Me with an incredible weapon What is your weapon of choice? As an educator, what tool or technology would you never be without in the classroom or learning space?For me, it is quite simple. My one weapon of choice is a dry wipe board and some pens. If there was nothing else, I could still conduct all my lessons using a board and pen. At a push, a chalkboard would do just as well.There are so many things you can do with a whiteboard and pens. One of my methods is to provoke a discussion ...
Tags: Technology, Email, Learning, Education, Digital, Teaching, Interactive, Pens, eLearning, Attachment, Whiteboard, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Dry Wipe Board

Blockchain tech is new hot topic for universities around the world

Blockchain is becoming more prevalent and with it, the need for blockchain developers, opening up an entirely new job market. More universities are jumping on the band wagon and offering courses on blockchain developmentCourses you can learn and how you can use the advancement of blockchain to get aheadAccording to new research carried out by Coinbase, we're witnessing a significant rise in the number of universities teaching their students about blockchain and cryptocurrencies. It turns out tha...
Tags: Programming, Business, Learning, Education, Entrepreneurship, Stanford, US, Bloomberg, Mit, Computers, Bitcoin, Innovation, Ibm, Columbia University, Columbia, Blockchain

Vadim is a master of the dark arts of DSP – listen to him explain filters

DSP is a secretive art form. But maybe its best-kept secret is, musicians can learn it. You just need a great teacher – and Vadim Zavalishin of Native Instruments, working in Reaktor, is a perfect place to start. This talk is from June, but just came online – and it’s a rare chance to hear from anyone like this in the industry, let alone in a way that’s this clear and friendly from someone who’s one of the better DSP artists around. Even if you have little interest in programming, you can s...
Tags: Music, Learning, Education, Tech, Software, How-to, Coding, Modeling, DSP, Modular, Filters, Msp, Music Tech, Faust, Vadim, Reaktor

Connected learning

Image from PXhere Connected learning is currently a popular phrase in education. It's the theme of my keynote speech to the EADL conference in Tallinn, Estonia in May 2019. Learning in the digital age involves a lot of technology, but fundamentally the role of the learner is still to explore, discover and acquire knowledge. Through technology, we can connect not only with content but also context - people, resources and ideas, and we can also share our own ideas for discussion and further...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Scaffolding, Pedagogy, Algorithm, eLearning, Connected, Tallinn Estonia, Piaget, Vygotsky, ZPD, Jerome Bruner, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, MKO

Remember What You've Read With This Font 

We’re all used to skimming past the boring parts of a reading assignment or a web article. But when researchers from RMIT University in Australia printed information in a weird, hard-to-read font, they found that people were more likely to remember what they read.Read more...
Tags: Design, Learning, Education, Australia, Memory, Brain, Fonts, Lifehacks, Studying, RMIT University

German Conglomerate Buys OnCourse Learning in Reported $500M Deal

Bertelsmann, a large media and publishing conglomerate headquartered in Germany, said Monday that it has acquired OnCourse Learning, a Brookfield, WI-based provider of online professional training programs.Bertelsmann said Monday in a news release that the amount it’s acquiring OnCouse for is in the “mid-nine-digit euro range,” meaning roughly halfway between €100 million and €1 billion. According to a Reuters report, the deal is worth about $500 million (the equivalent of nearly €428 million, ...
Tags: Deals, Learning, Education, Germany, Trends, Wisconsin, Brookfield, Private Equity, Bertelsmann, Penguin Random House, Random House, Edtech, Online Education, Reuters, U S, RTL Group

9 Apps to Try if You Want to Learn Something New Every Day

Sure, smartphones and smartphone apps can waste our time and bring out the worst in people, but they can most definitely also be a force for good: They can educate, inform, and inspire. With that in mind we’ve put together a list of our favorite apps that can teach you something new every day, in small, easily…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, Science, Learning, Education, Best Apps

How to Hack a University Education Via Worldschooling

After being raised as a worldschooler, traveling full-time from age 11-19, I applied to and was accepted at Queen’s University in Canada, one of the most acclaimed universities in the country. Worldschooling is the combination of travel with education – how you go about it exactly is up to you. Worldschoolers range from full-time travelers to day-trippers and weekend adventurers, from unschoolers to curriculum lovers. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure schooling method perfect for indie travel p...
Tags: Travel, School, Featured, Learning, Education, Hack, Canada, Cambodia, Study Abroad, Guatemala, Osu, Travel With Kids, Digital Nomad, Travelers, Roman, Oregon State University

DreamBox, an Edtech Startup with High-Profile Backers, Snags $130M

[Updated 5:35 p.m. See below.] DreamBox Learning, an edtech company that makes programs that help kids learn math, has agreed to take a $130 million investment from a fund managed by private equity firm TPG Growth.The Rise Fund, which is deploying $2 billion in financing raised by TPG last year, is taking a majority position in DreamBox, a startup that was founded in Bellevue, WA, in 2006. DreamBox plans to use the new money on product development, sales, marketing, other operations, and to dra...
Tags: Startups, Games, Math, Technology, Learning, Education, Bono, Trends, Startup, App, Curriculum, Software, Teaching, Netflix, Bellevue, Richard Branson

Back to school reading list for educators

Packing up your beach towels and heading back to the class room? To help make lesson planning and curriculum writing easier, we have prepared you a reading list from the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Curriculum: Rethinking Curriculum and Teaching: Reexamines curriculum and teaching to view them as two interrelated concepts embedded in the societal, institutional, and instructional contexts of schooling. Question the technicist and reductionist treatment of curriculum and teachin...
Tags: Books, Featured, Learning, Education, Diversity, Reading, Curriculum, Teachers, Classroom, Inclusion, Arts & Humanities, Online products, Educators, Shulman, Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Classroom Activities

Weapons of mass deception?

Image by Mike McKenzie via Fake news. Alternative facts. Deception. Lies.The media seems full of reportage on how social media carries content designed to deceive users. This recent article from the BBC News website calls into question some of the electoral results, including allegations of deliberate targeting of voters during the Brexit referendum. There does seem to b growing evidence that this may have been perpetrated, but in the midst of all the hyperbole and accusat...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Learning, Education, Social Media, BBC News, Teachers, Winston Churchill, Schools, eLearning, Facebook Twitter, Marshall McLuhan, Richard Clark, Robert Kozma, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England

Digital is default

Image by Martin42 on Wikimedia Commons When I read Being Digital for the first time, way back in 1997, it slowly dawned on me that everything was about to change. The book was published in 1995, just as the Internet was beginning to invent for itself a space that previously had not existed.  The following year I joined a ground breaking project in which my team set up digital learning spaces for businesses and individuals in hard-to-reach rural areas that until then had no infrastructure....
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Learning, Education, Ebay, Digital, Society, Teaching, Culture, eLearning, Tim O Reilly, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, eBay Google, Nicholas Negroponte, Nic Negroponte

There's life after HExit

Photo by Dave Simpson - CrossRhythms Radio It's a funny old life. Just over a year ago I was working full time in Higher Education, as an Associate Professor. My main role was as a teacher educator, and I enjoyed almost 20 years working with great students, and wonderful colleagues. However, as those of you working in universities and colleges will know, it's not a bed of roses, and if anything, life in higher education is becoming more difficult with economic stringencies (cuts), austeri...
Tags: Travel, Publishing, UK, Technology, Media, Learning, Education, University, Radio, Vinyl, Consultancy, Dublin, Recordings, eLearning, Ed Tech, Steve Wheeler

Effective Tips for Writing Assignments You Probably Didn’t Know About

For many students, transitioning to high school can cause an academic whiplash. They have to adapt to a new environment, adjust with the surroundings, and most importantly, score well in their academics. If students are serious about getting the best grades, they have to get a number of things sorted. The first on the list is assignment writing. To my knowledge, students are scared of assignments not because they do not have the right skills but because they aren’t aware of its do’s and don’ts. ...
Tags: Learning, College, How To, Lifehacks, Don

How We Shortchange Gifted Kids

One of my four beloved and gifted children (a son I won’t mention by name here) didn’t care much for proving himself in school. This is the boy who, at two years of age, maintained an interest in styles and brands of vacuums, even requesting a trip to Sears for his birthday to linger as … Continue reading How We Shortchange Gifted Kids
Tags: Comics, Learning, Sears, Homeschooling, Gifted, Andrew Solomon, Tom Clynes, Lewis Terman, Bowlby Centre, Genetic Studies Of Genius, Gifted Children, Overexcitability, Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth, Underachievers

What you see is what you do

Image from Public Domain Pictures In a previous post, I wrote about the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) and the challenges it faces as a technology for education. I also published a second post in which I listed 6 ways IWBs could be used to engage learners in the classroom. IWBs have been around since 1991, when the first was developed by SMART Technologies. And yet, as I discussed in my previous posts, some teachers struggle to use them for more than simple projection or display activities....
Tags: Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Boston, Teaching, Perception, Interactive, Smith, White, Barber, eLearning, Miller, Board, Cooper, Gibson

Does practice make perfect?

Image from Wikimedia Commons Does practice make perfect? Malcolm Gladwell's claim that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice is required to become world class in any field, has been challenged by a Princeton University study. There is also the argument that too much practice can lead to false belief in ability, loss of concentration, resulting in catastrophe. Many car accidents are caused by novices, but a similar number are caused by experienced drivers. The common factor is distraction, a...
Tags: Tools, Technology, Learning, Education, Digital, Visitors, David White, Malcolm Gladwell, Constraints, eLearning, Princeton University, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Affordances, Residents, JAMES GIBSON

Cinderella technology?

Image by Glamhag on Flickr Large screen touch displays seem to be the 'Cinderella technology' of education. In the popular folk tale, Cinderella is described on Wikipedia as: "... one whose attributes were unrecognised, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect." Initially, the most common large screen display, known as the  interactive whiteboard (IWB) - was viewed with great promise, but over time, due to misuse, lack of training or ...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Wikipedia, Digital, Smart, Teaching, Problem Solving, Pedagogy, Cinderella, Perception, Interactive, Senses, Edtech, Functionality

Theatre of dreams

Photo by Sean MacEntee on Flickr Old Trafford. The Theatre of Dreams. It's the home of Manchester United - probably the greatest football team in the world. Ever.Yes, I know - I've probably just alienated a large percentage of readers, and some may never return, but I care not.I'm very proud to have been a Manchester United fan since 1970, when as a young lad, I first saw them play against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. Playing in the team that day were several legends, including Ge...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Training, Skills, Teaching, Manchester United, Old Trafford, eLearning, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Steve Morgan, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Salford University, Sean MacEntee, Digital Literacies

Listening, the secret of sound design: Francis Preve at Loop

To master sound design, no technology can top your own hearing. That’s the message from Francis Preve, who gave a gripping talk at Ableton Loop. Now we’ve got video – and more discussion. Nothing is sacred – not even the vaunted TB-303 filter. It’s really easy to fall into the trap of trying to define specialization in the narrowest terms possible, chasing worth in whatever trend is generating it at the moment. But part of why I’ve been glad to know Fran over the years is, he has knowledge and...
Tags: Videos, Music, Learning, Education, Inspiration, Tech, How-to, Gear, Tips, Stories, Francis, Prince, Filters, Ableton, Ableton-live, Music Tech

Speaking for me

Image from Learning Technologies Conference One of the delights of working in academia is that you get to travel. For some it is a chore, and for others it is a necessary part of the role of being an academic. For me, although the travel itself can be boring, seeing other parts of the world, making new friends and experiencing fascinating new cultures is quite wonderful.I have been fortunate to have visited almost 50 countries in my career, mainly to speak at conferences and work on resea...
Tags: UK, Technology, Learning, Students, Education, Research, Teaching, University, Canada, Ireland, Consultancy, eLearning, Keynote, Speaking, Academia, Bergen Norway

Down on the farm

Image from Pixabay Is it me, or is academic peer reviewing taking (another) nose dive? I have just been invited by the editor of an online open access peer reviewed journal to review an article. They matched me to the article on the basis of my CV which they say is 'academically striking'. (I'm not sure what that means...)The article they have 'aligned' to my expertise is entitled: “Farmers Coping Strategies to Face Labour Shortage in Northern and Southern Dry Zones of Karnataka.”  C...
Tags: Learning, Education, Higher Education, Editor, Open Access, Peer Review, Journal, eLearning, Karnataka, Manure, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Pixabay, Face Labour Shortage

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