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Build it and they will engage

It was many years ago that I recognised the importance of performance as an integral part of real learning.

This continues to be reinforced as I work with adults in learning environments. 355 more words


What we can learn from the past and apply to the future of education?

Going to ISTE2015, it was obvious that the focus of pedagogy and classroom ‘instruction’ has changed so dramatically over time that many teachers are taking a step back and letting students direct their learning and for instruction to come via alternate means.   448 more words

Instructional Design

Childhood turns 2.0! Happy Birthday!

When I was a child, and my birthday was approaching, my mother would ask; “For your birthday cake, would you like chocolate or vanilla?… What kind of frosting do you like?… “Should we invite Brent or Michael or Allison?” The anticipation alone of this event had me thinking of my birthday for many weeks in advance. 464 more words


Logotacular Review

Logotacular is a superb learning app for introducing text based programming languages to young (or old!) computer scientists who are studying Computing. It is based on the Logo programming language created for children, by Seymour Papert at MIT in the 1970’s.  64 more words

Web 2.0

The Invented History of 'The Factory Model of Education': Personalized Instruction and Teaching Machines aren't new

When I was a PhD student taking Education classes, my favorite two-semester sequence was on the history of education.  I realized that there wasn’t much new under the sun when it comes to thinking about education.   463 more words

How to Make a Poetry Toolkit under $20

What is a Poetry Toolkit?

A Poetry Toolkit is designed to guide children and adults of all ages to construct their own poetry. The idea of a poetry kit is based on the theory of constructivism, where students learn by constructing their own knowledge. 879 more words


Kids and coding: What might Seymour Papert say?

I am very pleased that there is a growing sense in the education world of the connection between coding and cognition and learning. There is a mountain of research examining the various beneficial cognitive effects of learning computer programming. 595 more words