I have just finished reading Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom by Marina Umaschi Bers, which has led me into re-reading Mindstorms by Seymour Papert. You can read the full text of Papert's Mindstorms here on MIT's website. I have been a little surprised by not hearing much... Continue Reading →
Dark matter. Unseen in-between Luminous light of stars Shy energy Binds the cosmos In clusters. As a teacher, a parent, or a student - do you know if your school has a Teacher Librarian? If you don't, ask. It matters. Here's why: Podcast: Why we need qualified teacher librarians for the digital future (Kinderling Retrieved... Continue Reading →
The concept of the observable universe is a concept in astrophysics encircling all of the matter that we can “see” in space from Earth. It’s not all there is to see, but it’s what has travelled to us in the time we’ve been looking and measuring. It’s bigger than the visible universe, because it includes... Continue Reading →
Trying to capture best practice feels like observing the night sky. The light you see with your own eyes, is not the origin, but the aftermath. It’s observing a past situation that can never exist or be repeated because the conditions no longer exist. The only best practice I’m a fan of is to always... Continue Reading →
I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. W. B. Yeats I originally wrote some of this post some time ago, but I've come back to it because I read Jesse Stommel's beautiful post - Why I Don't Grade. Jesse's heartfelt expression of the "emotional... Continue Reading →
When we design for online learning, I wonder if we care enough about the impact of the algorithms underneath?
When you enter higher education as a student, it can take a little while to realise that things aren't what they seem. There's a myth at play, cultural conjuring, that just being part of the course, following through, will yield something for you on completion. It's true, the award at the end can get you... Continue Reading →
Reposted November 2017, orginally published on my other blog In my purse, stashed in behind two photos of my children, is a scrap of paper with the only design principles that have ever made sense to me. Twelve simple principles as an antithesis, to a sea of educational and instructional design frameworks, some of which... Continue Reading →