Disruptive Education and Desire Lines

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson The inspirational Learning without Frontiers Conference  this week had many speakers sharing their vision of the future. Fundamental to this was new technologies tearing down the barriers to success with mobile devices and cloud computing. During a debate on whether the VLE was dead ( although this title assumes that it was once had a life). Steve Wheeler  made the point that the VLE is not something that the students would...

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A New Science?

The Rocard Report from 2006 suggests that Europe needs a new model of teaching science: The Rocard Report on Education Science: need for new teaching methods to raise students’ interest here Has anything been done in the UK to rectify this ? Sadly I think not Why not? There does not seem to be the will to change the system that gives everyone what they want apart for our young people who leave with a fistful of ‘record’ academic results that are unfortunately becoming more and more...

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Education system conundrum

The education system conundrum Schools most important measure is their exam results A-C measure and most people would not believe that a school with 30% 5 A-C could be better than one with 100%. value added is not generally understood by parents. I recall one laughing at the fact that a Grammar School was considered underachieving when it got a 95% pass rate. Interestingly these high achieving schools regularly have poor value added figures and even these are distorted by the armies of personal tutors that support the sons and daughters of...

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Beating the fear of Technology

Technology in education One of the saddest things I have seen were the numbers on courses at a well known educational training provider. Five people signed up to the cutting edge of ICT – transformational cloud based approaches for free, however there were twice as many on the using an interactive whiteboard. The former course was about create, collaborate and communicate, releasing students from the bondage of teacher led and hence limiting lessons and promising the nirvana of independent learning , differentiation and freedom to...

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Changing the paradigm – education vs qualifications

There is a terrific video below of Sir Ken Robinson asking why we are trying to meet the needs of the future by doing what we did in the past. Why have we stuck with this ancient and unchanged system that simply categorises children into successes ( it was if you could use deductive reasoning, now it is if you can pass exams ) or failures ( those who can’t pass exams) It does appear that we don’t have an education system, merely a qualification system,beautifully equipping the learned for a world that no longer exists instead of...

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