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Developing an intellectual edge

November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

We are planning a weekly email that will include a short audio piece from John Abbott and some relevant links. I’m having a few tech issues today so have got as far as the audio piece! Here are some reflections from John’s recent lecture tour of British Columbia . . .

listen to ‘Developing an intellectual edge’ on Audioboo

And here are some recommended reading to go with this interview:

  1. Into the Future: Knowledge Transfer and Cultural norms – Pre-Conference Briefing Paper for the British Columbia Human Capital Conference
  2. Conference Keynote: Into the Future; Knowledge Transfer, and Cultural Norms
  3. Tough exams and learning by rote are the keys to success, says Michael Gove


Where do parents and teachers fit when it comes to online participation with children?

November 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


Mimi Ito is a Professor in Residence at the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, and serves as Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub in the system-wide University of California Humanities Research Institute.

In this video she talks through the various ways in which children participate online – from from friendship driven participation to interest driven. Her research identifies the best places for parents and teachers to participate.


The Digital Scholar

November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

Interesting post on Martin Weller’s book ‘The Digital Scholar’ by Debbie Morrison.

In her post, Morrison shares five pedagogical methods that Weller suggests that would be appropriate and relevant for educating learners in a digital world.

  1. Resource-based learning (RBL): Resource-based learning relies students’ own initiative, where learners select from a variety of resources, print, media and even human resources that they deem appropriate to meet their learning goals. Learners are given responsibility for selecting resources that appeal to their own learning preferences.
  2. Problem-based learning (PBL): This approach is unique, yet we’re seeing many instituions within higher education incorporating this method.  Students begin with a problem, it is  first step in the learning process. The problem is often ill-structured or open-ended. University of Delaware promotes a PBL program on its website, “PBL is about students connecting disciplinary knowledge to real-world problems—the motivation to solve a problem becomes the motivation to learn.” Further PBL resources: cooperative learning series, UC Irvine, and USC, Dental School.
  3. Constructivism: This theory gained much popularity in the 1990s, particularly with the advent of e-learning.  The learner is central in this model, an active part of the learning process. Constructivism is grounded in Vygotsky’s theory of social development.
  4. Communities of practice: Lave and Wenger’s (1991) book on situated learning and Wenger’s (1998)  influential book on communities of practice highlight the social role in learning and the importance of apprenticeship. Internships and working in the community are examples of this method in action.
  5. Connectivism: This learning theory developed by Stephen Downes and  George Siemens is based upon the premise that knowledge is created through a series of connections (nodes) within a network that the learner interacts with. Information can be chaotic but the learner is able to make sense of information based upon his or her own objectives and motivations. Further resources: e-learnspace.


What stops creativity in the classroom?

November 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

Steve Wheeler is associate professor in information and computer technology in the school of education at Plymouth University in the UK. He also blogs a lot about education and is worth following. This recent post caught my eye as it discusses the idea of being imaginative in the classroom. I quote:

Teaching is a performance, and those who are creative are constantly able to reinvent lessons, resources and spaces. Creative teachers tend not to worry too much about barriers or constraints, but are constantly seeking solutions and new ways to do things, to improve and enhance learning. Too often, teachers and learners are constrained by their environment, time, school culture, legislation or simply not having access to appropriate resources. Probably the worst barrier to good teaching and learning though, turns out to be lack of imagination.

What can we give as parents?

November 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

If you only read one thing today then make it this . . . a really lovely (and very sad) article on what a father gave his son in terms of helping him to learn, ask questions, be curious.


Welcome to our new-look sites

November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Welcome to our new Responsible Subversives community. As well as our new community platform, we have upgraded our Born to Learn site – which hosts our inspirational animations – and our 21st Century Learning Initiative site, which hosts thirty years of archive material and all the ideas that underpin our thinking.

If you have any feedback please add comments to the feedback area in the Forums.

How about this for an inspirational story of someone who has taught themselves?

November 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Welcome to Responsible Subversives

November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Lots more to come