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Real Life Vs School

I’ve recently been thinking about real life compared to school… This was spurred on by a YouTube clip about learning through games.   The tipping point for me was the statement made by James Paul Gee that we trust learning through games more than we trust learning through school.  This was explained by the example […]

Foundations of Teaching for Learning…

I recently started a Coursera course entitled Foundations of Teaching for Learning.  I have to admit that I signed up because I was interested in unit 3, 6 and 8 of the course (I’ve only just started unit 2) and felt that I’d struggle with those units if I didn’t complete the other 5.  I […]

It’s Hard to be a Kid!

I didn’t realise until the last few weeks just how hard it is to be a kid in High School. I know as an adult I would love to redo high school and with all the knowledge I have now.  Life would have been very different I am sure.  My 13 year old was ill […]

#gafesummit My Biggest Takeaway Ever

I have had the opportunity to spend two days at the Brisbane Google Apps for Education Summit.  I have learnt so many things which no doubt I will continue to investigate over the next few weeks and months and no doubt will share some of it here.  I have had so many ideas with regards […]

Young Entrepreneurs…

A good friend of mine has been home for the holidays.  This good friend I see once every three years because of the nature of his work and life choices he has made.  In usual fashion the few times we have seen him over his holiday break we caught up on our life stories while reminiscing over […]

School is a Game… And the Rules have Changed…

I am sorry I haven’t posted my findings sooner, however a very significant and wonderful lady in my life passed away and I have needed the time to gather my thoughts and celebrate her lifetime. Last time I looked at Gamification and the research I had found.  I have now sort of put into practice […]

Interesting How Toddlers Learn…

My youngest child is a few months short of his 3rd birthday and over the last few months I have been fascinated by what he learns each day.  I don’t remember my other two children learning the same way however that may just be a result of me being home all day everyday with them […]

Pen and Paper…. That’s Soooooooooo Last Year…

This is a presentation was given at Expanded Learning Horizons Conference (#ELHSTECH) a few weeks ago as part of a TIM (The Idea Matters) Talk.  After a number of discussions since then I have decided to add the presentation here to continue the conversation. Please be aware that these thoughts are my own based on […]

If You Don’t Know the Answer…

The only time in your life you need to memorise an answer is at school.  Once you leave school if you don’t know the answer you look it up, you Google it, you ask a colleague, a friend, an expert.  This point has bothered me ever since I took the subject “Business Law” at uni […]

The Internet in a Minute…

I find infographics like this one thought provoking.  While I’m not sure the validity of the information in this infographic it did make me think… …not necessarily about the information it contains but rather about what it means for teaching and learning… I just have two questions… 1. How as individuals do we manage this […]