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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


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


Back to #EDEN

Image from Pixabay EDEN - the European Distance and E-learning Network - is my spiritual home.I have been associated with the organisation and its various events, projects and people, since 1996. In that year I was just starting out in the world of educational technology, and I presented some of my research at the EDEN summer conference in Poitiers, France. It was the first international education event I had ever attended, and I remember sharing the stage with Gilly Salmon and Sally Reyn...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Learning, Social Media, Smartphone, E-readers, MOOCs, Social Network, eLearning, Eden, Bruges, Distance Education, BRUGES Belgium, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Poitiers France


What has been and what is yet to come

Photo by Guillaume Speurt on Flickr Tallinn is one of my favourite European cities. I visited it a few years ago during the early spring, when snow and ice lay around and the medieval towers and wooden walkways of the old town wall were truly magical. As I navigated the cobbled lanes of old Tallinn and discovered the rustic hostelries, hidden courtyards and colourful gabled houses of the Estonian capital, it was as if I were being transported several hundred years into the past. E...
Tags: School, Business, Technology, London, Learning, Social Media, University, Estonia, Skype, eLearning, Corporate, Tallinn, Connected, Distance Education, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England


Man is 'outraged' to find out the ice-cream he just ate at Pizza Hut was not, in fact, vegan

23-year-old Kori Paul Swabey of Plymouth, England just wanted some dessert
Tags: News, Plymouth England, Kori Paul Swabey


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


Best wishes

Image from Pxhere Christmas and the New Year. It's traditionally a time to reflect on the past year, and to look forward with anticipation to what we would like to see in the future. At this time, it's appropriate to think about the community, society and world we live in, and hope for better. It's not been a good year in many respects - mass shootings, economic crises, global warming and worrying signs of irreversible climate change, homelessness on the rise, conflict, drought, famine,...
Tags: Science, Technology, Climate Change, Future, Ai, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England


Humans, machines and learning

Image by Mike MacKenzie on Flickr One of the many topics I discuss in my forthcoming book is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential impact on the future of learning and development. I, along with many others, believe this is an important subject to explore, because it is a rapidly growing area of technology that will significantly influence our future.In particular, there are several philosophical debates about the nature of intelligence and how human intelligence differs from m...
Tags: London, Learning, Development, Intelligence, Mit, Computers, Human, Ai, eLearning, Machine, Mike MacKenzie, Max Tegmark, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Tegmark, Life 3.0


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


Hail the Centennial of Aviation’s Modern Era

Born this month in 1903, powered flight matured quickly during its adolescence that ended with World War 1 in 1918. That conflict was a period of accelerated puberty for aeronautical technology that in 1919 marks the beginning of aviation’s modern era. If you need a birthday, there’s none better than May 22, 1919. That’s when New York hotel owner Raymond Orteig offered his eponymous prize of $25,000 to the first allied aviator or aviators to fly nonstop between New York and Paris. (Raymond Orte...
Tags: Europe, New York, London, General, Airports, Berlin, Spain, Canada, Atlantic, Daily Mail, United States, Paris, Newfoundland, Miami, Aviation, Raf


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


Know your own strength

Photo source: Maxpixel I broke a rowing machine yesterday at the gym. I don't know my own strength. Ironically, that's the very reason I attend the gym regularly. I want to know my own strength. I want to know what my limits are, and then try to exceed them. Apart from breaking the rowing machine, my fitness regime is going swimmingly (without the swimming, obvs). I have learnt a lot. I know about cross trainers, treadmills and weights. I thought a Dip Assist was someone telling me wher...
Tags: Learning, Fitness, Lifestyle, Cycling, Assessment, Gym, Calories, Treadmill, eLearning, Kilometres, Weight Training, Maidenhead, John Hattie, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Wiliam


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


You can buy Drake’s Island

If you have $7.9 million laying around, you might want to go ahead and make an offer on this prime piece of real estate. The cost might sound a little steep, but considering it used to belong to Drake, the price is a steal. No, not Drake the Canadian rapper, but Sir Francis Drake, the explorer. Although he may not have been able to write catchy hooks or lay down fire beats, he was a pretty huge celebrity in his own right in the 16th century. The island is located right off the coast of Plymou...
Tags: Travel, England, Italy, Island, Drake, Islands, All, Francis Drake, Plymouth England, Drake's Island, Aidan McCauley


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


Mistakes, marmalade making and me

Photo by Leslie Seaton on Flickr I submitted my manuscript for Digital Learning in Organisations to my publishers today. It's been half a year in the making, and will be published on April 3, 2019, so it's good to finally complete the writing. I published a brief synopsis of what can be expected last week, and also unveiled the front cover graphics. There will be copy editing, graphics and other work still to be done, but I notice that Amazon is already taking pre-orders of my book on its...
Tags: Amazon, Learning, Digital, Training, Spain, Development, Mistakes, Paddington Bear, eLearning, Seville, Return On Investment, Marmalade, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Organisations, Leslie Seaton


Mistakes, marmalade and me

Photo by Leslie Seaton on Flickr I submitted my manuscript for Digital Learning in Organisations to my publishers today. It's been half a year in the making, and will be published on April 3, 2019, so it's good to finally complete the writing. I published a brief synopsis of what can be expected last week, and also unveiled the front cover graphics. There will be copy editing, graphics and other work still to be done, but I notice that Amazon is already taking pre-orders of my book on its...
Tags: Amazon, Learning, Digital, Training, Spain, Development, Mistakes, Paddington Bear, eLearning, Seville, Return On Investment, Marmalade, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Organisations, Leslie Seaton


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


Setting Sail

In centuries past, an expedition to view a rare astronomical event could take years, and there was no guarantee that everyone would make it back alive. Consider the expedition of the Endeavour. The ship left Plymouth, England, 250 years ago today. Her destination was Tahiti, to observe a transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. Endeavour was commanded by James Cook, an experienced sailor and mapmaker. The ship carried 94 men, including Charles Green, the assistant to England’s astronomer roy...
Tags: Space, England, Cook, Australia, Africa, Earth, New Zealand, Royal Society, Damond Benningfield, James Cook, Tahiti, Charles Green, East Indies, Plymouth England, Sun Endeavour, Fort Venus Green Cook


Dirty tricks

Image from Wikimedia Commons It's the silly season. With thousands of places still not taken at universities in England, marketeers are scrabbling frantically to recruit as many students as they can. When everyone else is sunning themselves on the Costa, the poor admissions tutors (I know ... I was one) and their beleaguered marketing teams are chained to their telephones, straining a gut to grab every last school leaver they can possible lay their grubby little mitts on. Extraordinary le...
Tags: Amazon, UK, England, Marketing, Social Media, University, Higher Education, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Essex, Recruitment, eLearning, Alexa, Beckett, University of Essex, Leeds Beckett University


State of play

Photo via Pexels  Those who play video games discover that failure can be a common theme. Because it's a game, it doesn't really matter. Gamers can constantly reiterate moves and decisions to try to reach the next, higher level. Often, a move has to be repeated many times before a solution is found and the gamer can legitimately move to the next stage of the game. This aligns neatly to the idea that we can learn through failure. In this way, learning for gamers is a journey from novice to...
Tags: Games, Learning, Microsoft, Nintendo, Space Invaders, Asteroids, eLearning, Adult Education, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Based, X Box 360 Kinect, Mark Grundel


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


Change

Photo by Steve Wheeler I took my 90-year-old father and 88-year-old mother out for a drive around their home town of Plymouth yesterday. It was a small treat to celebrate their 67th Wedding Anniversary, and they really enjoyed their outing. They gazed out through the windows as the city passed by, and gave me a continual commentary on their memories. Mum and Dad's main remarks were around how the town had changed drastically since their last excursion (they don't get out much these days)....
Tags: Technology, Learning, Change, Teaching, University, Schools, Plymouth, Student, Teacher, Dad, eLearning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Beckley Point


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


6 interactive whiteboard tips

Photo by David Goehring on Flickr In my last post, entitled Cinderella Technology, I wrote about the tremendous potential of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) and highlighted some of the reasons why it often fails to be realised in school classrooms.They have been around for a long time, but IWBs seem to have polarised teachers.There are those who use the IWB avidly, incorporating it into their lessons, embedding it into their programmes of study and exploiting the potential of the onboard t...
Tags: School, Technology, Learning, Smart, Teachers, Wheeler, Pedagogy, eLearning, Interaction, Classroom, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, David Goehring, IWB, Interactive Whiteboard