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Self-employed education consultant, university visiting professor and future learning director.

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The McClelland Report: Review of ICT Infrastructure in the Public Sector in Scotland

[caption id="attachment_699" align="aligncenter" width="180" caption="John McClelland"]John McClelland[/caption] Just finished reading the Scottish Government Review of the ICT Infrastructure in Scotland. As you would expect this is a substantial piece of work covering ICT strategy, procurement and spend across the Scottish public sector. The review, led by John McClelland,  suggests that if the public sector works smarter around ICT we would benefit from improved public services and substantial cash savings (£1bn over 5 years) Our Glow national schools intranet once again gets a positive mention:
Learning and Teaching Scotland is a NDPB.

Reality is Broken

Just finished reading Jane McGonigal's 'Reality is Broken on my Kindle. Lovely thoughtful and optimistic book that reaffirms the importance of games in human culture. As the title suggests her thesis is that the real world is broken - nothing new here.  However she goes on to argue that the resources we need to solve the world's great problems already.

John Hunter and ‘The World Peace Game’

Got this link from Colm Linnane, Scottish Book Trust Online Teacher in Residence - @colmsbt John Hunter is a brilliant teacher: humble; self-effacing; enabling; dedicated to improving learning; an inspirational role model. Can you just imagine the delight of being one of his 4th Graders learning through his '21st Century Wisdom Table'? Do you think he has to spend a lot of time dealing with disruption or managing student underachievement? Just think.

Sir Ken Robinson on Passion

Ken Robinson on Passion from The School of Life on Vimeo.

A lot of this talk covers the same ground as the talk he gave at the RSAMD in Glasgow on the 8th March so a great opportunity to catch-up if you missed him. I am currently doing a few days work for my old employer Learning and Teaching Scotland. The task is to support a working group of the LTS Advisory Council to publish their thoughts on 'Creativity Across Learning'. There is some symmetry in this task as first job I.

Born to Learn

Another great little video from European Schoolnet Essential viewing if you are a parent or a teacher and want some understanding of what is happening to the adolescent brain as a young person transitions from being a dependent child to an independent and interdependent adult. Adolescence is not some temporary aberration in teenager behaviour but a deep seated survival mechanism that has has allowed humanity to redefine and renew its cultural norms. From escaping the.

The Nature of Learning: CSSC

I have been dipping in and out of 'The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice' from OECD-CERI over the last couple of months. I would recommend it is as the best summary of what research tells us about learning. Chapter 2 'Historical Developments in the Understanding of Learning' by Erik de Corte, University of Leuven, is outstanding and should be essential reading for every teacher and for all those concerned with improving learning. Erik de Corte takes us on a short journey through behaviourist models of learning (still the.

Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindset

I was reminded today of the importance of giving the right kind of praise to learners - especially young learners. Telling a learner they are good at something is just as bad as telling them they are not good - both reinforce what Professor Carol Dweck calls the 'fixed mindset'. I think this is one of the most important lessons for parents and teachers. Carol Dweck's research on this is counter-intuitive. Every parent wants to be positive and give praise, we just need to be careful to.

Collaborate to Compete: Online Learning Taskforce

Got an email this morning that started with 'online learning needs a strategy, says new report'. it went on to assert that 'universities and colleges need to make online learning a central part of their strategies if they are to stay competitive globally'.


Hans Rosling: 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

I love this from the BBC 4 series the 'Joy of Stats'. It's a shorter version of the Ted Talks that Hans Rosling, expert on global health, did in 2006/07 (worth watching if you have time). A wonderful example of how data and statistics can be presented in a way that is both compelling and memorable. I will never think of the differences between the so called 'developed' and 'developing world' in the same way again..

Changing Education Paradigms – Sir Ken Robinson

Just came across this lovely little video from the RSA. Nothing new here but expressed so clearly, and with Sir Ken Robinson's trademark incisiveness and good humour. It's a real gem, hope you enjoy it as much as I did..

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