Pandemic pedagogy

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The second link leads to a link from Google, who have launched a Teach from Home hub that is open to all users. Microsoft have created a repository of learning and teaching resources for parents who are home schooling primary and middle school children. Unported License.

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.

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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? Unported License.

Music, learning and pedagogy

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Here are four other things all good musicians know and practice, and how they might be applied to learning, teaching and development: 1) Work as a team. Teaching is often a performance, where the audience needs to be engaged, connected with, and inspired. The same applies in teaching - too much information or content all at once can overwhelm and disorientate students. Unported License.

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Connected pedagogy: Shared minds

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In the previous posts in this series (see list below) I explored the digital age and its impact on learning and teaching. I call this connected pedagogy. One essential element of connected pedagogy is communication. Connected pedagogy also relies on establishing an environment that is characterised by meaningful engagement, participation, self expression, problems solving and peer-evaluation. Unported License.

New pedagogies?

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In a recent blog post, Antonio Teixera , President of EDEN wrote: "By just adding 21st century technologies to 20th century teaching practices we’ll only be diluting the effectiveness of teaching." We will fail if we attempt to use new tools while we teach in the same the old ways. Firstly, the technology will not fit the teaching method. Secondly, the teaching method will constrain the affordances of the new technology. Unported License.

Connected pedagogy: Social networks

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I wrote that: "The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach. In the light of this, there are several key challenges for teachers in this ever shifting knowledge terrain, where students have the entire world of learning at their fingertips: What can you teach that will never go out of date, and that will create constant wonder in the minds of your students? Unported License.

Dodgeball pedagogy

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This is innovation in pedagogy - using existing and familiar contexts, to revise and modify as great learning experiences. Dr Tim Lynch's Professional Website Plymouth Institute of Education blog Photo courtesy of Suarts on Flickr Dodgeball pedagogy by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 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. Teaching takes a back seat and product based education is sidelined in favour of process based learning. American educator Jackie Gerstein makes some important observations about how teachers can change their perspectives and embrace maker pedagogy. Unported License.

Networked pedagogy

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I speak in particular about my own personal pedagogical approach and how my own teaching and learning methods have been developed and influenced over the last few years in a technological rich environment. Image by Calvinius on Wikimedia Commons Networked pedagogy by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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. Later, the word pedagogue became synonymous with the teaching of our young. Unported License.

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. Unported License. Teachers can learn a lot from the techniques writers use.

Narrative pedagogy 1: Focusing their attention

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In 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. How can this technique be used in teaching? Image source Narrative pedagogy 1: Focusing their attention by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Reasons to be teaching

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It will be a term filled with preparation and paperwork - lesson plans, resources, reports, assessment, attendance records, letters to parents, risk assessments, possibly even an Ofsted visit (school inspection) - and all the other seemingly peripheral work that accompanies the actual teaching of children. How you learn often reflects how you teach. How you behave while in view of the children teaches them something else. Teaching and Teacher Education 23, 586-601.

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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 have occasionally used the red herring technique in my own teaching. 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. Unported License.

Narrative pedagogy 4: Connecting the dots

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In language teaching, the teacher may speak a phrase at the start of the lesson, move on to develop the lesson theme and then revisit the phrase during the plenary. 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 Unported License. Teachers can learn a lot from the techniques writers use.

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. In his 1968 book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire wrote 'Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students.' There is an old Latin aphorism - Doscendo discimus - which means, we learn by teaching.

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Teaching and learning through dialogue

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For me this was a skillful, but relaxed and unobtrusive kind of pedagogy, involving every student in the room, debating, deliberating and generally exploring together the nuances and intricacies of our subject. When teachers wish to promote democratic learning, students are given license to challenge and encouraged to discuss, debate, argue. Unported License. conversation dialogue discussion Dr Ken Gale education learning Learning with ''e''s pedagogy socratic discourse

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Narrative pedagogy 4: Connecting the dots

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In language teaching, the teacher may speak a phrase at the start of the lesson, move on to develop the lesson theme and then revisit the phrase during the plenary. 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 Unported License. Teachers can learn a lot from the techniques writers use.

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. Unported License. Photo by Steve Wheeler I have just published a third module in my series on digital learning for the ZilLearn platform.

Integrating technology

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I designed the series with teachers in mind, especially those who have been compelled by the recent crisis to migrate all of their teaching to online and technology supported education. Unported License.

Communities and connections

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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. Unported License. Photo by Airina Volungevi?ien?

Assessment in the digital age

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Image from JISC publication This table is very useful summary for anyone who is interested in aligning assessment with teaching methods. The table above helps to simplify the complexity somewhat, and provides educators with models that helpfully describe alternative approaches to pedagogy. 2011) Teaching for quality learning at university. Unported License. assessment Biggs and Tang constructive alignment feedback learning pedagogy students teachers teaching

What shapes teachers' uses of technology?

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It summarises the difference between teachers' attitudes to technology depending on whether they subscribe to pedagogy that privileges the transmission of knowledge by experts to novices through instruction, against those who espouse knowledge as something that can be constructed by the learner through negotiation, practice, social interaction and reflection. It's not just about teaching and learning. Unported License.

Being there

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Being there by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Distance Education learning media pedagogy social presence teaching Technology video

How to Create Effective Test Questions

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Going further, the Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Excellence provides a great summary of the characteristics of what a “good question” is: Intention: Did the question assess what you intended to assess? Image: “ Quiz ” by Animated Heaven, via Flickr Creative Commons License. Accessibility eLearning Tools Instructional Design Online Learning assessment beta testing eLearning evaluation feedback instructional design Pedagogy quiz tests user experience

Video for learning: Today and tomorrow

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We recorded micro-teaches - usually a 10 minute lesson - and then played back the footage to the students so they could see and hear themselves and learn from the experience. Video for learning: Today and tomorrow Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Boclips education learning micro teach pedagogy teaching Technology television video

The Secret to Beating the Forgetting Curve

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Our course creators also have access to a variety of teaching methods and multiple options for presenting new content. Image of hourglass by Alexander Boden via Flickr Creative Commons License. eLearning Tools Instructional Design Online Learning alpha testing assessment Brain Research eLearning evaluation forgetting curve instructional design memory Pedagogy retentionIs it better to binge on new lessons, or to learn incrementally over time?

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Which Strategy Is Better: Frequent Quizzing or End-of-Milestone Quizzing?

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It suggests that, as part of a comprehensive teaching approach including high-level questioning and group work, one way to increase performance of underprepared students is by administering daily or weekly quizzes as enforcement of the principles being studied. Image: “ Exam ” by AlbertoG via Flickr Creative Commons License. eLearning Tools Instructional Design Online Learning assessment best practices eLearning evaluation instructional design Pedagogy quiz tests

Cinderella technology?

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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. 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.

Blends, borders and boundaries

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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. Unported License. asynchronous Blended learning border content distance education pedagogy remix synchronous teaching Technology

Learning is in the struggle

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As I watched this section my mind was directed to Jean Piaget's famous quote: 'When you teach a child something, you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.' Clearly, learning is in the struggle, not the teaching. Watch the video and decide for yourself - is this the kind of teaching we should be promoting in our schools? Unported License. discovery education Eureka learning pedagogy school teaching

How to Set Proper Learning Objectives

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For example, when designing a course to teach employees how to operate a certain piece of equipment safely, it’s often tempting to outline course objectives in a manner like… The objectives of this course are to: help factory staff learn key operating procedures. Army via Flickr Creative Commons License. eLearning Tools Instructional Design Online Learning assessment bloom's taxonomy eLearning instructional design learning objectives Pedagogy tests

The power of the narrative

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This makes me think that many of these devices can also be applied to teaching and learning. Unported License. character Chekov's gun cliff hanger education learning narrative devices pedagogy plot line story telling teachingPhoto from Flickr I'm fascinated by story telling, and I often wonder why TV series are so compelling. This is especially so when I'm binge watching a DVD boxed set.

How to Create Mnemonic Devices That Help Your Students Remember

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But don’t feel obliged to write poetry every time you have a complex lesson to teach. For example, if a course for contractors teaches them that the best practice for a particular repair is: “use wood first, and if that’s not available, then use wrought iron,” a mnemonic association to help students remember that hierarchy is: If I could, I’d use Wood. Image: “Word” by Dovydas Čiomėnas , via Flickr Creative Commons license.

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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. Indeed, the Zone of Proximal Development and other social pedagogy models were largely unheard of in the West before the 1970s. Unported License.