Learning for a life worth leading
An increasing number of schools around the world – both national and international – are discovering the benefits of running Philosophy for Children (P4C) courses.
A new study commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation and conducted by the Durham University School of Education now suggests such benefits might be non-cognitive as well as cognitive. ITM’s Andy Homden reports.
Collaborative schools project
Maree Timms describes how a group of educators in country Victoria, Australia collaborated on a project to overcome the “stigma” of STEM subjects and make them more appealing, particularly for girls. Students have dully taken up the challenge!
Dawn of the Makerspace era?
Despite widespread concerns over declining library usage, the impact of instant access technology and budgetary constraints, Uma Shankar Singh believes libraries are of vital importance and are set to remain exciting and innovative areas in school.
3 articles from 2016
Technology in the classroom – as everywhere else – is just a part of everyday life. Apps are more powerful, flexible and easier to use. But there are so many, and recommendations are useful. Neil Jarrett is a teacher first, techie second: his ideas about tech in the classroom are worth listening to – he also keeps it simple. Blended and on-line learning is no longer a novelty, but some practice is more effective than others. If you are thinking about introducing on-line courses, learn from the experience of Rod Murphy at AIS Guangzhou, while Jackie Harden’s ideas about on-line safety are a great starting point.
I was in a park in England with my children in the summer and I was a little mystified why so many students were flocking like starlings at sunset. My daughter knew what had them hooked to their digital screens – it was Pokémon Go. Neil Bunting has his eyes opened!
Kinses 2016: Global trends, local realities: an education symposium
Organised by education investment specialists, Kaizen Private Equity and held in association with business school powerhouses Insead and NYU Stern School of Business, KINSES 2016 took place in Dubai on February 27 & 28. It wasn’t just the academic and financial big hitters at the podium that made this gathering exceptional: the work of dynamic SMEs on the ground in Asia and Africa especially in the field of Educational Technology, was at the heart of lively discussion, both on and off the stage.
KINSES 2016: a global education symposium
Sandeep Aneja wants us all to talk to each other about radical changes taking place in global education. To this end, he’s getting a few people together at the The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina on February 27 & 28 to carry on a conversation that started in Singapore two years ago. It’s an impressive gathering.
Ethical or cynical?
Educational technology, “edutech”, has been defined as “… the ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance using appropriate technological processes and resources” or, more cynically, as, “A set of expensive tools sold to schools purporting to improve learning but not actually proven to do so.”
What’s worth learning?
In our efforts to define 21st Century learning, I think it is worth revisiting a question we all discussed when we were trainee teachers: what knowledge is worth having? If we then widen this out a little to consider what skills are worth developing and what kind of understanding we wish our students to acquire, I think we have a good place for taking the discussion about 21st Century learning forward quickly.