Cruel pedagogy

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Ban the use of all technology from your classroom (With thanks to Bryan Alexander) Cruel pedagogy by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. classroom discussion learning pedagogy school teaching TechnologyImage by Amboo Who? on Flickr 1. Place all chairs and tables in rows facing 'the front' 2. Talk at your students 3.

True pedagogy

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Pedagogy is not about directing children. In its absolute form, pedagogy is not just about teaching. In the truest sense, teaching is just one element of pedagogy and not the entire story. Pedagogy focuses on the learner and what they are capable of achieving. Previously I wrote about the origins of the word pedagogy , and how it can be appropriated into current practice. Pedagogy is about leading learners to the place of education. Unported License.


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3D Pedagogy

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I recently wrote a blogpost entitled ' Maker Pedagogy ' where I outlined some of the emerging educational benefits of learning through making. The advent of 3D Printing (also known as additive manufacturing) has brought maker pedagogy opportunities to schools and other educational institutions in a fairly affordable manner. Then one day he saw a 3D printer being demonstrated in his classroom during a technology lesson. Unported License.

Maker pedagogy

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More and more teachers are beginning to realise that creating environments and possibilities where students make things is a very powerful pedagogy. Here''s a video (made by Oliver Quinlan) of two of my undergrad students discussing what they learnt in the act of creating personal blogs: To reach the point where they can start establishing a maker culture in their classrooms, teachers often need to undergo a reboot of their mindsets. Unported License.

Networked pedagogy

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Image by Calvinius on Wikimedia Commons Networked pedagogy by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. academic practice communities of learning education flipped classroom learning MOOCs podcast rhizomatic learning Technology New theories for the networked, digital age, emerging cultures of learning and a hyper-connected and networked society.

New spaces, new pedagogies

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Here's the abstract for my keynote: New Spaces, New Pedagogies: Harnessing the Power of Social Media in Education A rapid emergence of social media – the so called ‘Web 2.0’ – has opened up new opportunities for participatory learning in all sectors of education. In tandem with this, the proliferation of personal devices such as iPods and smart mobile phones is enabling students to move beyond the boundaries of the classroom into ‘any time, any place’ learning. Unported License.

Narrative pedagogy 2: Maintaining the suspense

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this short series on what I will call 'narrative pedagogy'* I want to explore some of the storytelling techniques that can be adapted for use in education. I sometimes use a rather dangerous demonstration in the classroom to explore visual perception. Photo by Daniel Hollister on Flickr *Yes, I know that the term 'narrative pedagogy' has been used before, but in other contexts. My use signifies how storytelling devices can be applied to everyday pedagogy.

Twitter in the classroom

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No, you can be assured that if I use any technology with my students, it is for a clearly thought through, and logical reason that supports good pedagogy. The backchannel is an ideal medium for them to engage with people outside the classroom too. Twitter continues to be a versatile tool for good pedagogy. Unported License. education learning media pedagogy Technology Twitter Today I had an interesting exchange of views on Twitter. about Twitter.

The future of classrooms

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What will be the future of school classrooms? It is unlikely that we will see the demise of the classroom in the next decade. Those who study the future of education often suggest that the demise of traditional classrooms is not only inevitable, but imminent. The argument that these tools and trends are removing the need for classrooms and 'schools' in specific geographical locations is a strong one, but also has some flaws. Unported License.

How can we engage online learners?

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Quantity was more important than quality, because a rapid population of new digital spaces was deemed to be expedient - the pedagogy could wait. As online education evolved, it quickly became clear that new forms of content needed to be developed, and new forms of pedagogy needed to be devised to support the new ways of learning that were emerging. by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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3 Steps for Creating Online Courses Your Students Will Love and Remember


Will they be in a structured classroom setting, or will they be learning independently on digital devices? Images by Betsy Warner and Matt Cornock via Flickr Creative Commons license. Instructional Design Online Learning eLearning instructional design Pedagogy user experienceSeth Godin speaking at Business of Software 2010 • Image by Betsy Weber.

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How to Measure Online Course Effectiveness


Are they now able to share their learning with others in the workplace / classroom? Image: “ Improvement ” by thinkpublic, via Flickr Creative Commons License. Instructional Design Online Learning assessment eLearning evaluation feedback instructional design Kirkpatrick's Levels of Evaluation learning objectives mandatory compliance training Organizational Development Pedagogy project management quality control roi training user experience

Trends and blends

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Case of Anadolu University (Elif Toprak and Mehmet Firat, Anadolu University , Turkey) Digital Media Arts in Open and Distance Education (José Bidarra, Universidade Aberta , Portugal) Trends and blends by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Blended learning diversity EADTU education Empower flipped classroom pedagogy Technology university

How are you engaging your learners?

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One of the principles of pedagogy I learnt very early on in my career was not to privilege teaching above learning. It's more likely that there will be interruptions at home that will not occur in a classroom. Unported License.

Digital identity

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What's more, they are placed into the context of online learning, digital pedagogy, social and psychological theory and teaching in the technology enabled world of the virtual classroom. Unported License.

How to Make Online Learning Easy for First-Time eLearners


Making the transition from traditional textbook learning and instructor-led classroom courses to the strange new world of online learning can be a daunting challenge – especially for first-time online learners who’ve never had to navigate a digital learning interface before. YouTube caption example by Jil Wright via Flickr’s Creative Commons License.

Integrating technology

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It can't be easy to suddenly have to change tack and teach from a distance, especially if all you've ever known is a classroom. Integrating technology by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

6 interactive whiteboard tips

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Photo by David Goehring on Flickr In my last post, entitled Cinderella Technology , I wrote about the tremendous potential of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) and highlighted some of the reasons why it often fails to be realised in school classrooms. I promised six things teachers should consider if they wish to optimise the IWB in their classrooms: Firstly, it's important that IWBs are optimally positioned within learning spaces. Unported License.

Learning by design?

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Does he mean the shape and appearance of classrooms and other built environments in which we conduct education? Should chairs be on wheels for greater flexibility, and can the furniture in the classroom be configured in multiple ways to adapt to needs? All schools are different, and simply walking into some classrooms within each school will tell you a lot about the teacher beliefs that operate in them. Unported License.

What do online educators need?

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I also mentioned in my last post that I had been involved in a very large school distance education project where teachers were expected to use new technologies to extend their traditional classrooms into non-traditional learning spaces across geographical distance. The question is over what teachers need, in terms of knowledge, skills and disposition, to be able to make a success of such a radical change in pedagogy. Unported License.

A growing divide?

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Christian claims that a new pedagogy is emerging that is directly driven by the upsurge in online activity. Christian identifies three key changes in pedagogy that I want to discuss over my next three blog posts. The classroom is no longer the unique centre of learning, based on information delivery through a lecture." Classroom centric learning has established itself as a ''tried and tested'' method of pedagogy, and it doesn''t seem to be waning.

7 big opportunities that MOOCs offer corporates

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Depending on the licensing policy of the content owner, a MOOC (or parts thereof) may be incorporated into an in-house offering. Flipping classrooms. While corporates are increasingly realising that classroom delivery is not necessarily the most effective pedagogy for employee development, neither is delivering the training in exactly the same way via a webinar or converting the PowerPoint slides into an online module.

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The big switch

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Most teachers by now will be aware of the concept of the flipped classroom. Instruction takes place outside the classroom and discussion follows in the classroom. Flipped classrooms generally take advantage of technology for off campus learning while maximising the presence of the teacher for discursive and iterative activities. Pedagogy is (or really should be) about creating spaces and opportunities that are conducive to good learning. Unported License.

Flipping the teacher

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Today, the idea of flipping the classroom is a familiar one. The idea that teachers should become students so that their students can act as teachers may still be contentious and problematic, but I believe that as we see more flipped classroom approaches, the argument for also flipping the role of the teacher will become more compelling, and eventually more acceptable. Unported License. education flipped classroom flipped roles learning pedagogy school teaching Technology

How complex is learning?

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Is dialogue more important than structure in a classroom? We flounder and stumble as we try to navigate a plethora of educational theories and we become bogged down in prescribed institutional pedagogies, providing no more than glimpses of true education for our students. The advent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), the flipped classroom, games based learning, social media and mobile learning - on the face of it - seems to herald a new dawn for education.

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Transforming online learning experiences

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A new pedagogy is required, but perhaps they aren't listening. Transforming online learning experiences by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Lockdown learning

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I wrote a post called Pandemic Pedagogy about some of the first resources that had been created during the early days of the pandemic. A bit like a traditional classroom really. Unported License. Photo source: Pexels Social distancing. Stay at home. Lockdown.

Learning, storytelling and technology

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In particular, I built upon my recent blog series on narrative pedagogies, including a discussion around the use of literary devices in the classroom. Narrative Pedagogies from Steve Wheeler Image source: Wikimedia Commons Learning, storytelling and technology by Steve Wheeler was written in Liberec, Czech Republic and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Cinderella technology?

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And yet, there are also many who have missed the opportunity to leverage the power and potential of IWBs in the classroom. The latter seem not to have made connections between the affordances of the IWB and authentic, situated pedagogy. In short, one of the significant issues around the use of IWBs has been a lack of transfer of the tool into effective pedagogy. Unported License.

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They must also feel satisfying to the learner, who faces many more distractions online than in the physical classroom. Images: “ UX Pile ” by Alper Cugun and “ Full Lecture Hall ” by Southern Arkansas University via Flickr Creative Commons License. CourseArc eLearning Tools Instructional Design Online Learning eLearning instructional design Pedagogy tests training user experience UX

MIS en place

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This post is sponsored by RM Education MIS en place by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Schools and online education

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We now need to think about learning environments rather than simply 'classrooms'. We worked with the Star Schools project to connect over 300 schools in the US state of South Dakota, installing fast internet, satellite television and full motion interactive video into classrooms. Networked computers abound, and teachers regularly use video conferencing to connect with classrooms and schools in other parts of the world. Unported License.

Going to the wall

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It's called the eXSpace and will be a showcase for a range of new and emerging technologies, a place to study new pedagogies and a sandpit to try out new ideas and methods. At Plymouth Institute of Education we have been using a number of classroom technologies, but perhaps one of the most misunderstood is the SMART Interactive Whiteboard. Every one of our major classrooms had one installed when the building was commissioned several years ago. Unported License.

#TwistedTropes 16. Cupid's bent arrow

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Success or failure often depends on the level of passion we invest in our pedagogy and the belief we have in education. It doesn't matter how good your resources are, or whether you have a great classroom environment. Batman's tangled cape Cupid's bent arrow by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Video: The power and the story

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As politely as I could, I explained to him that making his students sit through a full 90 minutes of video was not particularly good pedagogy. He patiently listened to what I had to say, thanked me for my time, and then took the video cassette, walked into the classroom and played it in its entirety anyway. By far the highest use of video in institutions was in the classroom with 92% of institutions showing videos to their students (Kaltura, 2018). Unported License.

What teachers need

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Teachers too are less localised, often working and teaching in places that extend beyond traditional classroom boundaries. Unported License. Bett2020 access assessment data education engagement Integris learning MIS pedagogy RM school teachers Technology

Tested to distraction

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They are forced to teach to the test , which detracts from good pedagogy and also leads to higher stress and anxiety levels, not only for the teachers themselves, but also for many of their students. How are we going to prepare our children for the future if all we cause them to do in the classroom is suffer anxiety as they prepare for tests? Unported License. assessment learning pedagogy PISA schools testingShould we put our children through so much stress?