Teaching with Screencasts and Rapid Prototyping

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Back in my teaching days, we had a ninth hour elective class where students could take classes like computer repair, plumbing, ceramics, or guitar. In essence, as teachers, we got to teach classes based on our own hobbies. When you’re learning something new, you have a lessened ability to think creatively, problem solve, or abstract. Using the embed and sharing function of CodePen, I can use student demos to teach particular concepts. Expanding the Idea.

Inspire to learn

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The conference is themed around excellence in teaching of the social sciences, which reflects my own professional and academic background. What issues in HE teaching and learning are you passionate about? All of my content is licensed under Creative Commons, so that others who wish to, can freely use it, repurpose it, and redistribute it without cost. All they need to remember is to attribute my ideas to me, under the same CC licence.


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Teaching artistry

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Passing colleagues were a little surprised to see me teaching in the art room, completely out of context. Normally I'm found teaching a session on educational theory or psychology, or information and communication technologies. Teaching an art lesson is therefore a little outside my comfort zone. The drawing session was a part of our BA degree in Education Studies, and the module we were teaching, 'Creativity in Education.' I taught my first art lesson today.

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The importance of being networked

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Never before have there been so many opportunities to make contact with educators world wide, many of whom have wonderful creative ideas to share. Indeed, the fact that many social media users are altruistic and are willing to share their ideas for free to their community should be enough to convince most educators to join in. 2010) Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.

Computational Thinking in Teaching and Learning

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The idea of computational thinking has radically changed my approach to teaching over the past few years. This term, first coined by Jeannette Wing , a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, refers to several key ideas of thinking that are essential to computer science. Others require just one more minute of struggle before the idea clicks and it’s in their brains for good. This is the human side of teaching.

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We learn by teaching

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Although I am employed to teach, I consider it something of a disappointment if I don't learn something myself during my teaching sessions. Some might complain that 'only the expert has a right to teach', or that 'students should not be allowed to go off and find out for themselves', but sadly, this is really missing the point. There is an old Latin aphorism - Doscendo discimus - which means, we learn by teaching. If you want them to learn, get them to teach.

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Yesterday's blog post

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Does yesterday's blog post still hold currency or must you continually press forward to write better, to expand on your ideas and elaborate your understanding of your subject? Old ideas go out of date. But some old ideas are fine, and the great thing about academic blogging is that the more you write, the greater will be the repository of content you have written. My Teaching with Twitter post from January 2009 is still going strong with 12,000 views.

Learning, making and powerful ideas

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My last post explored Donald Norman''s ideas around perception and the design of every day objects. Many schools such as Plymouth School of the Creative Arts in South West England, and Taupaki School in New Zealand have made learning through making their primary strategy. The connections between thinking and making are important, and curricula based upon this principle draws out creativity and encourages children to experiment, take risks and ask more ''what if''?

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Teach less, learn more

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Was it perhaps that Day 1 was a free day, to which anyone could come, to pitch in, watch the robot show, take part in the open workshops, and generally share their ideas in a very friendly and open environment? John Sheffield , a new blogger, and one of our student teachers, was present for Davitt's keynote and noted: "he said 'Teach less so they learn more'. I have now had some time to reflect on this week's Plymouth e-Learning Conference. For me, No.

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Lingua Tweeta and other ideas

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Eventually I try some of these ideas out with my students. Often I share those ideas and outcomes on this blog. It's gratifying when people listen to these ideas, try them out and then come back to tell me how well they have worked. When I get some positive feedback it encourages me to work harder to think of more new ideas, methods and strategies for using technology in education. I know that many teachers reblogged the ideas, in many languages around the world.

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Teaching and learning through dialogue

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A few months ago, I wrote a blog post entitled '' Learning as dialogue '' which was essentially about how students can learn through conversation and by discussing their ideas with each other. Learning with ''e''s: Educational Theory and Practice in the Digital Age is published by Crown House Publishing, ISBN 13 978-1845909390 Photo by Steve Wheeler Teaching and learning through dialogue by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Learning with 'e's: Teaching with Twitter


Ever since I first began to use Twitter I have been thinking about how to harness the potential of microblogging for the benefits of my own students, and have tried out several ideas to exploit it already. Tweming’ Start off a meme – agree on a common hash-tag so that all the created content is automatically captured by Twemes or another aggregator. Cartoon source Learning with 'e's by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0

Can we teach digital literacies?

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There is a disconnect between teaching and learning. We are at the mercy of the curriculum of our time, and also the whims of the teaching staff who were in charge of our education. I think schools definitely have a role to play, but it may not be direct teaching of certain things, because not everything that is learnt can be taught. Students can construct their own personal meanings from a common question and then show and tell how they will manage their online presence.

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Supporting online learners

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If you're new to online teaching, or are revisiting it, do consider spending an hour of your time to browse through the ideas in this module. Photo by Steve Wheeler I have just published a third module in my series on digital learning for the ZilLearn platform.

Pandemic pedagogy

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BETT has also created a community hub so that educators everywhere can share ideas and resources, discuss and work together online during the school closures. The second link leads to a link from Google, who have launched a Teach from Home hub that is open to all users.

Engaging online learners 5

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Encourage the group to regularly share their ideas, discuss their hopes and concerns, promote their content and celebrate their successes. Give the students licence to write imaginatively to express their ideas, while at the same time developing their thinking.

ID and e-Learning Links (8/25/14)

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Extensive list of sources for free images, many of which are Creative Commons or public domain. Categories are foundations, teaching online, course development, and the future (including references to the Serious e-Learning Manifesto). Not sure if employers would actually care about this or recognize the organization, but it’s an interesting idea for peer-reviewed credentials. The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources – The Edublogger.

Ten Ways to Use Video in the Classroom

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It’s back-to-school season for most educators and this year, the TechSmith Education team is writing a series of blog posts with some ideas for the classroom. Teach When You’re Absent. If some of these ideas are appealing to you, the good news is that it’s easy to start! photo creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by thms.nl.

Space exploration

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The news created a small stir on social media, with several educators opining about what they thought of lecture theatres, their place in universities, technology, and teaching and learning in general. It seems that the subject of the article, the University of Northampton (one of the newest universities in the UK) has decided to do away with their traditional raked lecture theatres, and replace them with more open, flat, flexible spaces where teaching can be conducted.

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Storytelling with technology

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Recently I said goodbye to another year group of my primary education students who will be teaching in their own classrooms come September. They were a particularly talented and insightful group of young people, and I learnt a great deal through teaching them for three years as they developed their teaching skills. learning narrative education storytelling student voice teaching Technology video

Learning as dialogue

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This passive, reductionist explanation of learning prompted a number of pedagogical strategies, including reinforcement of behaviour, punishment and reward, and the introduction of teaching machines with their instructional texts, structured assessment of learning and remedial loops. Learning through dialectical processes that lead to synthesis of disparate ideas or opposing perspectives turns out to be a strong foundation for successful critical thinking.

Learning with bees

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The research was based on the question: What do science and play have in common? Other schools are now adopting these ideas, and several have set up apiaries for keeping bees. Learning with bees by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Beau Lotto beekeeping Blackawton Primary School Dave Strudwick education learning pedagogy schools situated teaching Technology

Passion for learning

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One of the first things I ever learnt, right at the start of my teaching career, was that enthusiasm and passion often carry the day. Although I don't often teach it directly, I find it infuses much of my teaching. The more we learn about our subject, the more we have to draw on when we are engaged in the act of teaching. education enthusiasm learning passion pedagogy teaching

Honesty and dialogue

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Photo from Pixnio One of the most important lessons I learnt right at the start of my career in education was that teaching was not about 'telling' but about communication. There was a constant exchange of thoughts and ideas around the content, rather than a one way stream of information. There is also a need for more honesty in teaching. Change communication education honesty learning Richard Gerver teaching

Cinderella technology?

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Initially, the most common large screen display, known as the interactive whiteboard (IWB) - was viewed with great promise, but over time, due to misuse, lack of training or knowledge (and in some cases, neglect), interactive whiteboards appear to have been sidelined in some schools. Many good uses of the IWB are reported in the literature , and many schools have harnessed its potential to transform aspects of teaching and learning.

Weapon of choice

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Another method is to get students to use the board to present their ideas. Weapon of choice by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 attachment Digital dry wipe board education email interactive learning pens teaching Technology whiteboardMe with an incredible weapon What is your weapon of choice?

Confessions of a teacher

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Photo from Wikimedia Commons During the life of the Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference (PELeCon), we tried to be innovative, introducing new features each of the ten years the event ran. The idea was simple, and a counterpoint to the sometimes congratulatory culture seen in most conferences. Teaching and learning is not always a bed of roses. My idea for the confessional booth was to introduce some reality and honesty to the conference.

Trading places

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In the last decade, user generated content has quickly become the most common content on the web, and is a digital age hallmark of student centred learning. The old aphorism ''we learn by teaching'' (or in Latin, docendo discimus ) holds true when we consider that to teach something, you first need to learn it. If you are teaching your peers, and your teacher is also in your audience, you really need to know your subject, or you end up looking a little foolish.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: TIPP Learning Styles

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006 TIPP Learning Styles Last week, all of the instructors at the school where I teach had to take an online test to assess our learning styles. The idea is that as learners, all of us have elements of these styles when we learn, although some will be stronger than others. The difficulty with taking any of these types of tests, is that if you have any idea where its going, it can be very easy to skew the results.

Learning is a journey

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It is premised on the idea of students reaching a destination - being 'filled' with facts. Simply, teaching is driven by assessment. Learning is a journey by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 education knowmad learning motivation process product school teachingImage from Pixabay Learning is a journey. Learning has never been about reaching a destination.

#3quotes from Vygotsky

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His seminal work Mind in Society (1978) has been widely cited although not widely read, but it is important to draw Vygotsky's ideas from their origin. Although they are there to teach, within this role is the need to reach out to the child, placing importance on relationship formation. constructivism cultural education learning school social teaching Vygotsky ZPD

Comfortably numb

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I cam remember several times recently when I have emerged from a teaching session with more knowledge than I had when I entered the classroom. At first I found it difficult to acknowledge that my students could teach me a thing or two. My mindset was fixed on the idea that I was there to impart knowledge and that my students were there to learn. The latin phrase docendo discimus - 'we learn by teaching' or, perhaps more accurately, 'people learn while they teach' is apt.

Passion for education

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Colleagues who have been in my sessions have then incorporated my ideas into their own practice. Teaching is like that - it's an ever evolving, always changing terrain in which we discover new things constantly, reflect upon them, practice them ourselves and then share them across our communities. It was a simple question: Why are we expected to standardise our testing when we have differentiated in our teaching?

Learning by design?

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A recent tweet by Jason Elsom made me sit up and take notice: 'We need to stop designing schools for teaching and start designing schools for learning.' We can either place an emphasis on teaching or we can privilege learning as the most important facet of education. Do we want them to learn what is inside our heads, and the content of textbooks, or do we want them to go beyond this knowledge and discover new ideas for themselves?

In ‘Flipped’ Classroom, the Emphasis Must Be on Support, Not Video


” The things that matter most to fostering true learning — demonstrating the importance and relevance of new material, incorporating new ideas into real-world scenarios, getting students to build learning communities with their peers, etc. — The technology is providing some great new tools, but it’s still the ideas that count. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user jurvetson.

Going off road

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Nor have I been happy simply 'towing the line' where important things like teaching and learning are concerned. I always have an idea of what I'm going to cover in my lectures and seminars, but I rarely write anything down, preferring to keep several ideas in my head so that I can respond quickly and flexibly if the situation demands it. This kind of free-wheeling approach to teaching isn't for everyone, of course. Veering off the beaten track is something I often do.

Connected pedagogy: Smart technology

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The theme of the conference is 'connecting through educational technology' - this echoes the themes of a number of other recent conferences, many of which explore the idea of connected learning. The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach. Living in a digital society where hyperconnection is commonplace should certainly cause teachers to think about what they teach and the way they teach it.