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#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


#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


#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


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


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


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


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


Head, hand and heart

Photo from Pxhere I can't speak for anyone else, but my own personal learning is most enriched when I'm in conversations with others. Whether it is sat during a break in a conference schedule; over a few drinks in the evening with a couple of colleagues; in breakout sessions; or simply sat discussing ideas across a social media channel; all of these can be rich veins of new thinking for me. I suspect it's the same for many others.I recently read a thought provoking article in the RSA jour...
Tags: School, Education, Knowledge, Skills, Curriculum, Schools, eLearning, Emotional Intelligence, Peter Hyman, Hyman, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Royal Society of Arts, Stratford East London, Head Hand And Heart, School 21


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


Digital learning in organisations

Bless me blogger - for I have sinned. It's been more than a month since my last post on this blog. That's unusual. But there's a very good reason for neglecting this for a while.I have been busy writing a new book, and the last month has involved a lot of research and writing, completing, editing and polishing of my manuscript for final submission later this month. It's a book I was commissioned to write for Kogan Page, and will be aimed at the learning and development (L and D) sector. It's qui...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Disruption, Education, Ai, eLearning, Connection, Cyborg, Kogan Page, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Digital Learning, Communities Of Practice, L&D, Digital Literacies, Corporate Learning


Weapons of mass deception?

Image by Mike McKenzie via www.vpnsrus.com 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


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


Future skills #metalearning

Photo by Steve Wheeler Lately, I'm asked to speak on this subject more than any other. The idea of future skills for learning is widely debated in all sectors, but for me, the answer is the same, whether you are a primary school student or a participant in learning and development in a large organisation. Today, the most important skills seem to be focused on one ability - learning to learn, or meta learning.Why is learning to learn so important? Knowing how, where and when we best learn ...
Tags: School, Technology, Students, Education, Future, Skills, Teachers, Learning and development, Literacy, eLearning, John Biggs, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Hase, Blaschke, British Journal of Educational Psychology


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



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