3D Education

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I am finding Charles Koch’s framework for education more and more useful. If nothing else it helps me place some of the drier research on things like dual-coding and spaced retrieval in the context of a richer, more human approach and what Jeremy Barnes calls “Albert Hall Moments”. I came across Koch’s model listening to him being interviewed by Tim … Read More

Open IT

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Like many people involved in IT in schools, I’m currently thrashing around trying to work out a sensible curriculum. Anyway, an “anonymous user” made a suggestion in the comments that sounded good. Why not use Google Moderator to try to collate as many people’s ideas, questions, concerns and thoughts on an IT curriculum? I hadn’t heard of Moderator before – … Read More

What to teach in IT? #ICTcurric #ICT500 #RethinkingICT #ukedchat

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So a while ago Michael Gove said the current ICT Curriculum is being scrapped. To be honest, hooray. The current offering is dismal, almost unforgivably so. There already seem to be a bundle of energetic, committed characters looking to redraft a better one and in response to Chris and his call for ideas here are some first thoughts. Don’t call … Read More

Wittgenstein, Popper and Education

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A little bit of history goes a long way – and certainly puts some of the 21st Century Learning rhetoric in perspective. “The Pedagogic Institute had been established to further the Austrian educational reform program. This attempted to steer education away from a ‘drill school’ approach, in which schoolchildren were treated as empty vessels to be filled by the accumulation … Read More

To teach by theme or by subject

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There’s a report here from Pearson about whether to teach by theme or by subject. It goes over the Rose Review, the Cambridge Primary Review, current research and some case studies of successful schools in the UK. Then it looks at successful models in Singapore, Finland, Canada, Korea and Australia. The conclusions are A holistic approach: The best results are … Read More

The importance of estimation

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Teaching children how to estimate properly is something I need to improve on. As Jo Boaler points out in The Elephant in the Classroom: “When an official report in the UK was commissioned to examine the mathematics needed in the workplace the reviewers found that estimation was the most useful activity. Yet when children who have experienced traditional maths classes … Read More

Engineers do maths, but not how they’re taught

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In 2006, Julie Gainsburg studied structural engineers at work for over 70 hours.She found that although they use maths extensively, they rarely use standard procedures. [via the excellent The Elephant in the Classroom.] “Recognizing and defining the problem and wrangling it into a solvable shape are often part of the work; methods for solving have to be chosen or adapted … Read More

“Not another gym”

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Geelong Grammar School is Australia’s largest co-educational boarding school, It is over 150 years old, and full of tradition. I’d never heard of it until recently. Its mission statement (as found on its website) is not a million miles away from any of the school mission statements you find here in England: Geelong Grammar School offers an exceptional Australian education … Read More

BBC News – When do children become criminally responsible?

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Following a series of high-profile cases involving young defendents, the question of the age of criminal responsibility in the UK has been raised.<br /> <br /> Some child experts argue that children who commit offences needed to be treated differently from adult criminals.<br /> <br /> In March, the UK government rejected plans to raise the age in England and … Read More