Dropping tablets and other edu-memes

So this article has been doing the rounds today. TL;DR version: One Laptop Per Child dropped a bunch of tablet devices off in an Ethiopian village and left the kids to it to see if they would learn to read. What I find interesting is…

Little boxes

  by  OregonDOT    On my mind lately has been the concept of benchmarking, standardisation and QA. I’ve got to this point through watching several things – ACODE/Quality Matters etc benchmarking projects, seeing the issues students have when they are subject to a poor learning experience (props…

Lame-based learning

  by  Ian D    Just came across this article which, once again, has me despairing about the way people talk about games-based learning. Gates speaks with two fundamental flaws in his thinking (it may have been more but the second half of the article was auth-walled),…

Elephant. Meet room.

A conversation with @steve_collis this morning brought up something that for me is a huge, pervasive issue in edu but something most of us aren’t talking about. We talk a lot about changing the way educators do education, changing the way institutions work, how broken…

Coffeecourses are go!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on my thought processes around building a completely different PD model. This week, it’s a reality. The site is built and ready to be used. And the part that pleases me most is that you lot…

Some of the best learning I’ve done

I graduated the other day. It’s a qualification I’ve been working towards for the last 18 months. Very few teachers or academics achieve this qualification – let me tell you a little about it. It’s a fairly affordable course. It’s not HECS-supported but after the…