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.

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. So how will 3D printing contribute to the development of pedagogy? 3D printing education Fablabs learning makerspaces pedagogy teaching Technology

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New pedagogies?

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We need a new set of pedagogies (and we also need to know how these can be supported with theory) if we are to maximise the impact of technology on education. New wine needs to be poured into new wineskins, and similarly new technologies require new pedagogies, which requires us to change the way we teach, assess, and even represent knowledge. Photo by Alan Levine on Flickr New pedagogies? EDEN education knowledge learning pedagogies schools Technology

Connected pedagogy: Social networks

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Photo by Steve Wheeler In a previous post I outlined some of the metrics around the use of digital media, technologies and social networks. Connected pedagogy: Social networks by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 eden19 collaboration collective action connections Digital education learning media pedagogy social networks Technology tribe

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. My own students become familiar with researching, problem solving, decision making, team working and expressing their creativity. American educator Jackie Gerstein makes some important observations about how teachers can change their perspectives and embrace maker pedagogy.

Connected pedagogy: Smart technology

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Photo by Steve Wheeler This is the first of a short series of posts, presenting my thoughts leading up to a keynote speech I will give at EDEN 2019, in Bruges. A variety of new approaches to pedagogy have been introduced as a result of our hyperconnected society (of which more in a future blog post). The fact that any of us can access knowledge, expertise and resources so we can learn at any time and in virtually any place, means that the way we see pedagogy must change.

The meaning of pedagogy

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Following on from my recent posts on praxis and the meaning of education , here are a few thoughts on pedagogy. We seem to have many views on the nature of pedagogy and how it is conducted. To gain a clear understanding of pedagogy, we first need to examine the origin - the etymology - of the word. The word pedagogy has its roots in Ancient Greece. Taken in this context, we would probably all agree that pedagogy is about children''s education.

People, politics and pedagogy

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Photo by David Bushell on Geograph In a previous incarnation I was Training Manager for a distance learning project called RATIO back in 1996. Working on that project, I think I learnt far more about people and politics than I ever learnt about technology or pedagogy. People, politics and pedagogy by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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. Students now have the capability to create and share their own content through blogs, wikis, video- and photo-sharing services such as YouTube and Flickr.

Narrative pedagogy 3: Problem solving

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In this short series (on what I will call 'narrative pedagogy'*) I'm exploring some of the storytelling techniques that can be adapted for use in education. Photo by Kabir Bakie on Wikimedia Commons *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. Teachers can learn a lot from the techniques writers use.

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. 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. confusion learning narrative device pedagogy red herring story telling teaching Walking Dead

Narrative pedagogy 4: Connecting the dots

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Photo by England on Flickr Narrative pedagogy 4: Connecting the dots by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Chekhov's gun education Harry Potter learning narrative device pedagogy storytelling Walking DeadTeachers can learn a lot from the techniques writers use.

Narrative pedagogy 4: Connecting the dots

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Photo by England on Flickr Narrative pedagogy 4: Connecting the dots by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Chekhov's gun education Harry Potter learning narrative device pedagogy storytelling Walking DeadTeachers can learn a lot from the techniques writers use.

Inspire to learn

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I have gone on record as saying that although I don't need to work any more , I continue to work at Plymouth University, mainly because it is a great place to learn and to continue developing my research interests around digital pedagogy. 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.

Digital literacies online

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Photo by Steve Wheeler I'm currently writing several short online courses for educators, and I've just published the second module in my online series about digital learning.

Supporting online learners

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Photo by Steve Wheeler I have just published a third module in my series on digital learning for the ZilLearn platform. Supporting Online Learners by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Communities and connections

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Photo by Airina Volungevi?ien? My opening keynote speech at the 29th annual EDEN conference at VIVES University of Applied Sciences in Bruges, Belgium earlier this week was given the title Connected pedagogies - Learning and teaching in the digital age. I also mentioned some of the emerging tools and technologies that are just becoming available, and speculated on how these might influence changes in pedagogy in the coming years.

What do online educators need?

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Photo by Steinar Engeland on unsplash In yesterday's post I wrote about how teachers are beginning to use online forms of education to enhance and extend the reach of schools. 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. by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

An apple for teacher

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Photo from Pxhere I had the pleasure to do an speak with Sophie Bailey recently, when we recorded a session for Edtech Podcast. An apple for teacher by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 edtech education Interview learning learning and development pedagogy podcast Technology vocational

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What shapes teachers' uses of technology?

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Photo by Steve Wheeler The image on this page is a slide from the keynote presented by Graham Brown-Martin at Learning Live, a conference hosted recently in London by the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI). by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

#EDENchat How effective is mobile learning?

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There will no doubt be several conversations, some around usability, others around technological or social trends, and of course, we will address the perennial questions about pedagogy and the impact of technology on learning. Photo by Johan Larsson on Wikimedia Commons #EDENchat How effective is mobile learning? by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

How can we engage online learners?

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Photo by Filip Mroz on unsplash In my first post in this blog series I outlined the changes taking place in schools due to the adoption of online forms of education. Quantity was more important than quality, because a rapid population of new digital spaces was deemed to be expedient - the pedagogy could wait. Today, an important, vital question for all educators to address is this: What forms of content, activity and pedagogy are needed now to ensure the success of online education?

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Lockdown learning

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Photo source: Pexels Social distancing. For education people, learning doesn't stop even though all around, social life, commerce, business, mortgage payments, air travel and other common practices have ground to a halt. Stay at home. Lockdown.

What is authentic assessment?

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Photo by Frederick Rubensson on Flickr 'In every talk, I'm asked where I would start first in revolutionizing education (K-professional school): Answer, always. This is a simple principle of pedagogy known as constructive alignment (Biggs and Tang, 2011) where we start with outcomes that students need to achieve, support these with appropriate pedagogy, and then assess accordingly (Biggs, 2014).

Learning is in the struggle

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Photo by Ron Wise on Wikimedia Commons Learning is in the struggle by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 discovery education Eureka learning pedagogy school teachingI have always considered myself to be a professional learner. Yes, I'm a teacher, but I get paid to learn, and then to create learning conditions in which my students can also learn.

Being there

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Photo source: Publicdomainpictures Ever wondered how we can overcome feelings of loneliness and disconnect in distance education? It's a common psychological phenomenon to feel that although you are separated by distance, the technology actually mediates your connection with someone else.

Any computer that can be replaced by a teacher, should be

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Photo by Steve Wheeler Here's my opinion, for what it's worth. Any computer that can be replaced by a teacher, should be by Steve Wheeler was written in Auckland, New Zealand and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 automation education humanity pedagogy teachers TechnologyI write from more than 40 years experience working in educational technology while observing the rapid development of machine intelligence.

Blends, borders and boundaries

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Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel on Unsplash Here are some further thoughts on the 'blend' in blended learning: Blends are made of disparate elements. In online and virtual forms of education, especially blended forms of pedagogy, learners are constantly transitioning between complex states as they learn, interact with their tools, content and with others; and as they navigate, discover, create, organise, remix, repurpose and share content.

Learning with bees

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Photo by Patrick Brinksma on unsplash One of the most impressive TED talks I ever viewed was presented by Neuroscientist Beau Lotto and a 12 year-old student called Amy O'Toole. The research was based on the question: What do science and play have in common? Learning with bees by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Digital age assessment

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In this continuation of my short series on new and emerging pedagogy, I can reflect on my last two posts which focused on the potential for any time any place learning and the changing roles of teachers and students , The latter is characterised by students who take more responsibility to not only discover their own learning and determine their own pathways, but also using their personal devices to learn through knowledge creation, sharing, repurposing and organisation.

Top ten UK education blogs

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Photo by Hence The Book on unsplash Today I was notified that this blog has been listed in the top ten of the UK's most influential education blogs by Vuelio for 2019. Resourceaholic (new entry) Top ten UK education blogs by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 blog Digital education influencer learning pedagogy social media Technology top ten UK Vuelio

#TwistedTropes 16. Cupid's bent arrow

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Photo from PxHere In ancient mythology, Cupid is the 'god of love'. Success or failure often depends on the level of passion we invest in our pedagogy and the belief we have in education. 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 TwistedTrope arrow Cupid education learning love pedagogy serendipity teaching Technology

MIS en place

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Photo by Helloquence on unsplash This is the first post in a new series about School Management Information Systems. education Integris learning management MIS pedagogy RM schools students teachers Technology

The power of the narrative

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Photo from Flickr I'm fascinated by story telling, and I often wonder why TV series are so compelling. character Chekov's gun cliff hanger education learning narrative devices pedagogy plot line story telling teachingThis is especially so when I'm binge watching a DVD boxed set. Whether you are a fan of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead , Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings or Line of Duty (or all of them!),

What students need

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Photo by Lucélia Ribeiro on Flickr This is the second of three posts on school Management Information Systems (MIS). assessment education feedback Integris learning MIS pedagogy performance progress RM school students teachers Technology

Trading places

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One of the most radical shifts of pedagogy in recent years has been where learners take control of their own learning leading them to create their own content. 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. Photo by Fancy Jantzi on Flickr Trading places by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Schools and online education

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Photo by Sergey Zolkin on unsplash Many educators are now investigating how online technologies can improve, extend or enrich teaching and learning experiences. We see many creative uses of personal technologies, such as games consoles, smart phones and e-readers, and social media can be used in a variety of ways to promote deeper engagement and reach. Digital distance education learning online pedagogy schools social media students teachers Technology video conferencing

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. Photo by Sarah Horrigan on Flickr Tested to distraction by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 assessment learning pedagogy PISA schools testing

Passion for learning

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If you do you will never cease to grow.' - Anthony D'Angelo Photo by Nick Youngson Passion for learning by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 education enthusiasm learning passion pedagogy teachingOne of the first things I ever learnt, right at the start of my teaching career, was that enthusiasm and passion often carry the day.

Future technologies now

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HTC Vive in action - Photo by Steve Wheeler At the JISC Connect More event held in Cheltenham recently, a number of futuristic technologies were on display for delegates to experience. The technology has plenty of potential to be used across the curriculum, and not solely in creative arts. As they develop and the software becomes more powerful and responsive to our needs and desires, we will see some exciting new pedagogies emerge.

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