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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


Bridge to the future

Photo by Neiljs on Wikimedia Commons I recorded a podcast interview with Martin Couzins and Nigel Paine recently, and it's now available online to listen to. It's part of a series called From Scratch, and I really enjoyed being quizzed by the dynamic duo about my new book Digital Learning in Organisations. Some of the questions really made me dig deeply into my thoughts to address.Nigel actually thought my book was something of a 'bridge to the future' in his closing comments. That's re...
Tags: Podcast, Technology, Learning, Interview, Digital, Nigel, eLearning, Martin, Nigel Paine, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, L&D, Organisations, From Scratch, Martin Couzins, Neiljs


Work arounds

Photo by Jeshoots on Pexels In my two previous posts here and here I've been writing about how the use of smartphones and other personal devices and technologies in the workplace can have negative effects on concentration, memory, task completion and social interaction. It's not all bad news. There are many advantages of bringing personal devices into the workplace, especially around new learning opportunities. Yet the use of personal devices needs to be tempered against how they can im...
Tags: Social, Technology, Email, Smartphone, eLearning, Distraction, Don, Workplace Learning, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Personal Devices, JESHOOTS


Standard deviation

Photo by Pedro Figueras on Pexels In my last post I wrote about smartphones and other personal devices, and their tendency to distract us by diverting our attention.  This is a continuation.Distractions in the workplace are common. They interrupt the flow of work. An email pops up on your desktop screen asking for your 'urgent' attention, Facebook messenger pings on your smartphone telling you someone has responded to your earlier status update. A colleague phones you to invite you out ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, London, Relationships, Communication, Research, Smartphones, eLearning, Interaction, Distraction, Lee, Duffy, Howard Rheingold, Digital Age, Steve Wheeler


Weapons of mass distraction

Photo by Steve Wheeler Humans were once untethered, free to wander the world and explore at will. Then came telecommunications, telephones, computers and the internet to transform the ways we could communicate across great distances. But such innovation also tethered people to specific geographical locations.The invention of the mobile phone liberated us to move freely again, but in doing so, we became tethered in a different, more subtle sense. Now, wherever we gaze in modern, industri...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Technology, London, Learning, Communication, Smartphone, eLearning, Distraction, Mark Curtis, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England


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


Intervention learning

Photo from Wikimedia Commons Predictably, the ideas that dominated at Learning Technologies 2019 (#LT19uk) were mostly on new and emerging technologies. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) cropped up several times during sessions across the event. The #LT19uk conference programme revealed that less than a third of organisations appear to have so far adopted any aspects of AR or VR within their learning offers, but of the third that have, there are already some very interesti...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Development, Royal Mail, Vr, Ar, eLearning, Barton, James Barton, Kogan, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Sponge, Organisations, LT19UK, Ryan Peterson James Barton


Change, Learning Technologies, and the future

Daniel Susskind - Photo by Steve Wheeler All change! Attending Learning Technologies in a completely new, yet strangely familiar venue was quite an experience. It was akin to welcoming an old friend to live in your own home and watching them struggle to work out where the coffee is stored, and how the dodgy 'fridge door works. London ExCel has long been the home of the BETT Show, which I have attended on many occasions, but in the last few days it has also been the home of Learning Te...
Tags: London, eLearning, Olympia, Daniel, David Kelly, Bett, Daniel Susskind, Anthony Williams, Corporate Training, Marcia Connor, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Learning Technologies, Rob Hubbard, Fosway, Euan Semple


#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 Montessori

Image from Wikimedia Commons Maria Montessori is a controversial figure in education. She is considered by many to be a true visionary, while others consider her methods to be detrimental. She was highly critical of formalised education systems and believed they actually obstructed children's potential to learn. She saw transmission methods of teaching as a great travesty, and worked incessantly to create alternative methods of education that were more child centred and which led to gre...
Tags: School, Learning, Teaching, Discipline, eLearning, Behaviour, Montessori, Maria Montessori, Mastery, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, education Maria Montessori, Wikimedia Commons Maria Montessori, Montessori Method Blacksburg


#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


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


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