Data Mining for Analytical Nuggets

To prove anything in education you need data. Furthermore, when so much of education is subjective rather an objective, more qualitative than quantitative, data needs to be carefully explored, sifted, refined and analysed. Once done, you have those nuggets of evidence that can justify actions, policy decisions and students’ futures.

How Digital Technology informs ‘Mantle of the Expert’

What is Mantle of the Expert?
Drama teaching offers all sorts of pedagogical possibilities that empower students; none more so than Dorothy Heathcote’s ‘Mantle of the Expert’. The idea is simple, the students are the ones who use knowledge to construct an appropriate learning environment, rather than the teacher. Heathcote defined the teacher’s role as an ‘enabler’ rather than the traditional ‘transmitter’ role.

The three E's

The three Es of eLearning

We know the E stands for Electronic – it shows how long the term has been around and makes you ask what term came before it, doesn’t it? Was it bLearning – where the B stands for blackboard? It’s a bit misleading really, because we’re actually talking about digital learning, using the Cloud. Perhaps we should rename it dLearning?

Mark-It-Yourself Homework

I hated marking my students’ work, I’m sure I’m not on my own! I particularly hated marking factual assignments– names, dates, places, events, that sort of thing. Sure you can use peer assessment but each student’s progress isn’t always evident this way.

Assessing what’s been covered in class in a reflective way is where nimble® can help. Let me illustrate with an incredibly imaginative idea I saw used by a History teacher recently... the nimble® course was set out as a takeaway menu!

eLearning for the EPQ

The Extended Project Qualification can act as a bridge between sixth form education and the rigours of investigative learning in Higher Education. We know the vast majority of students struggle to be independent learners and the EPQ gives them experience of this process in a highly personalised context – a topic of their choosing.

However that internal struggle for independent thought and action leads, in my experience, to many teachers spending time mentoring students through the process.

Personalise the MOOC

The latest Big Thing in post 16 education has been the MOOC – Massive Open Online Courses. For cash-strapped institutions they've appeared to be the Holy Grail but research is starting to deflate this particular bubble. They lead to low completion rates, high dropout rates, and the general inability to make them a financially viable concept. Studies have also indicated that males, younger students, many ethnic communities struggle in this environment.

Death by PowerPoint

I’m often asked how, as someone with thirty-five years of teaching experience, I arrived at a point in my life where I am encouraging schools and colleges to buy e-authoring software. The reason lies in observing hundreds of lessons as a learner. It’s not an experience many teachers get so they don’t consider this perspective.

eLearning for Generation Z

As FELTAG pointed out, many teachers are struggling to provide learning experiences for Generation Z. They are ‘digital natives’ whose lives have been dominated by the internet and digital technology, experiences which have rewired how they think.

Yet much of education hasn’t caught up with them. Their teachers steadfastly use PowerPoint and think the Cloud is what blocks the sun.


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