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The Changing Vocabulary of Education and its Spaces [...]

There is often power and purpose in the words that we use to describe the world we inhabit. One as area of importance is the description of classrooms and learning spaces: >To call a space a ‘learning space’ is not just aspirational, it is a descriptive and ontological claim – hard to evidence, hard to know who is learning what, in what ways. A ‘teaching space...

 

What is Personalised Learning? [...]

Personalised learning is one of those terms that everyone seems to know and agree with, but when we dig down, realise there are many differing interpretations of it. Here then is an except from Audrey Watters which captures some of the nuances: > “Personalized learning” can mean that students “move at their own pace” through lessons and assignments, for examp...

 

50000 Data Points an Hour [...]

One of the biggest changes to education in the last few years has been the emphasis on feedback. The challenge then becomes how to be equitable with time and energy. The solution, algorithms. >"DreamBox Learning tracks a student’s every click, correct answer, hesitation and error — collecting about 50,000 data points per student per hour — and uses those deta...

 

Gorilla Marketing [...]

Branding can become so methodical. Sometimes what is needed is earning trust and letting others carry the message. > What actually works in a noisy environment isn't more noise—it's the challenging work of earning the benefit of people telling people.We don't need more hustle. We need more care and generosity....

 

Leadership Spectrum [...]

Susan Cain talks about leadership as a spectrum where we often favour one end. Grant Lichtman summarises this as follows: >At one end of the spectrum, leaders direct, prod, or rule over others. They are first among non-equals. Leadership in this construct is about power and position.  This is not a value statement, but a statement of fact. Human...

 

Treating the Moment As It Is [...]

Reflecting on playing with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock described a time when he played the *wrong* chord, but Miles simply responded to the situation to make it right. Hancock uses this situation to emphasise responding to **the moment** in order to grown and develop: > https://youtu.be/FL4LxrN-iyw?t=5m3s...

 

The Scent of Knowledge [...]

Alan Kay gave the following advice to Bret Victor once: > I think the trick with knowledge is to "acquire it, and forget all except the perfume" because it is noisy and sometimes drowns out one's own "brain voices". The perfume part is important because it will help find the knowledge again to help get to the destinations the inner urges pick. It would seem that t...

 

Distrusting Technology [...]

Bret Victor talks about being open to new ways of doing things. A part of this is having a healthy level of distrust: > Learn tools, and use tools, but don't accept tools. Always **distrust them**; always be alert for alternative ways of thinking. This is what I mean by avoiding the conviction that you "know what you're doing" This in part relates to working at the ...

 

Recoding the Internet of Things [...]

Murray Goulden discusses some of the ways that technology and the internet of things is trying to recode our lives >These technologies are, largely unwittingly, attempting to recode some of the most basic patterns of our everyday lives, namely how we live alongside those we are most intimate with. As such, their placement in our homes as consumer products constitute a...

 

Writing a Newsletter [...]

Different to a blog, newsletters usually bring with them a certain regularity. In the wake of 100 newsletters, Ian O'Byrne shares some lessons learned from writing a newsletter. >If you have started writing and publishing your own newsletter, my advice is to start writing, and don’t stop publishing. In just the same way that my blogging voice has developed and chan...