AfL and Franklin’s Gambit

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Part of the rationale behind Assessment for Learning seems to be ongoing formative assessment, rather than after the event post-mortems. There’s a link, I think, between that and what John Kay has called Franklin’s Gambit. Franklin’s Gambit is described by John Kay here: In a letter to the English chemist Joseph Priestley, the 18th-century polymath Benjamin Franklin outlined a procedure … Read More

Utopia : Don Ledingham’s Learning Log

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The 7 tacit lessons which schools teach children:<br /> 1. Knowledge is scarce2. Learning needs a specific place and specific time (lessons in classrooms)3. Knowledge is best learnt in disconnected little pieces (lessons)4. To learn you need the help of an approved expert i.e. a teacher5. To learn you need to follow a path determined by a learning expert (a … Read More

Utopia : Don Ledingham’s Learning Log

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The 7 tacit lessons which schools teach children:<br /> 1. Knowledge is scarce2. Learning needs a specific place and specific time (lessons in classrooms)3. Knowledge is best learnt in disconnected little pieces (lessons)4. To learn you need the help of an approved expert i.e. a teacher5. To learn you need to follow a path determined by a learning expert (a … Read More

A global teacher of 1,516 lessons and counting

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Jason Fried, CEO of tech company 37signals, said he invested in Khan's nonprofit because "the next bubble to burst is higher education. It's too expensive. It's too much one-size-fits-all. This is an alternative way to think about teaching — simple, personal, free and moving at your own pace."<br /> <br /> With a computer science degree from the Massachusetts Institute … Read More

Learning from Centuries of Play: Students Reenact Bruegel’s "Children’s Games" – Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

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I was perusing Edward Snow's "Inside Bruegel: The Play of Images in Childrens Games" and impressed with his de-construction of the painting. As a big fan of document based instruction, I got thinking about how much students could learn from a close reading of the work. Link to painting.<br /> <br /> After a search, I found that a group … Read More

Learning from Centuries of Play: Students Reenact Bruegel’s “Children’s Games” – Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

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I was perusing Edward Snow's "Inside Bruegel: The Play of Images in Childrens Games" and impressed with his de-construction of the painting. As a big fan of document based instruction, I got thinking about how much students could learn from a close reading of the work. Link to painting.<br /> <br /> After a search, I found that a group … Read More

Boys ‘need to move in lessons’

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"Ten-year-old boys completed significantly more work when they worked in groups than when they worked in pairs with another child." "Boys identify themselves as members of the group, not as an individual in a group." Source: here

Why playing in the virtual world has an awful lot to teach children

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The DKP system is an entirely self-enforcing mechanism; yet its effectiveness among gamers who adopt it runs at close to 100%. This is because it works; because it is transparent and meticulously fair; and because it has been laboriously calibrated over time to prevent collusive bidding or other kinds of cheating. Neither playing Warcraft nor building a virtual polling booth … Read More