Tag Archives: 21st century learning

What is an expert?

In Outliers Malcolm Gladwell  suggests that opportunity plays a significant part in someone becoming an expert. He suggests that a 10,000 hour rule applies as much to the success of The Beatles (opportunity to play live 7 days a week in Hamburg) as to that of Bill Gates (opportunity to attend an elite school with a computer club followed by access to the University of Washington IT facilities).  Whether or not 10,000 hours is a magic number it strikes me that access to the best facilities and time to practice are essential. All the better if learning is.
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Lumiar Schools

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Ricardo Semler"]Ricardo Semler[/caption] I have been doing some work with Bristol based Futurelab and one of my roles involves exploring work undertaken by the Lumiar Institute of São Paulo in Brazil. I attended the Learning and Technology World Forum in London in January and really enjoyed listening to Ricardo Semler the Chief Executive of SEMCO talking about the the achievements of the schools he helped to establish. Ricardo Semler at Learning and Technology World Forum Also enjoyed watched this lecture on Leading by Omission which can.
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LTS in the Media: Computer Games and Learning

Derek Robertson My LTS colleague and friend Derek Robertson (see Man From Uncle picture above) is once again in the news.  This article in The Sunday Herald is another example of how Derek's work has moved on the discourse around computer games in the classroom from 'how much damage they do' to 'which ones can we can explore to improve pupil motivation and enhance learning'. Read more about Derek's work in his Hotmilkydrink and Consolarium blogs or if you are in Glasgow later in the week hear.
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US Visit 2 – Mercer Island School District, Washington State

 Gary Plano One of the many highlights of our visit to the US was the opportunity to spend some time with Gary Plano Superintendent of Mercer Island School District and elected School Board member Lisa Strauch Eggers. Mercer Island sits in the middle of Lake Washington - a 6 square mile suburban community 10 minutes drive from downtown Seattle. According to Gary, Mercer Island is the home of 'the most expensive dirt in Washington State'. It would therefore not surprise you to find that  in terms of attainment it.
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