Smartphone and tablets

BYOD and cross-platform tools for learning.

I had a really interesting conversation on Twitter with Fraser Speirs and Dave Major this morning about ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) and cross-platform tools for learning. You can see that conversation ‘storyified’ here. I’ve blogged before about why a ‘mixed economy’ of device is best for educational institutions and I’d like to expand upon […]

What we’re up to with Mozilla Webmaker (Open) badges.

Update: I don’t think I make it clear enough in this post that this is an example of Mozilla ‘eating it’s own dogfood’. We’re using a Mozilla-developed technology (Open Badges) for a particular purpose (to badge Webmaker skills). Hope that makes sense! Background I work for the Mozilla Foundation as part of the Learning team. […]

Another day, another Connected Learning webinar [VIDEO]

(video not showing? click here!) Yesterday I participated in my fourth Connected Learning webinar, this time about… Connected Learning! You can find the resources, etc. that were mentioned in the webinar here. It was great to hang out with such smart people as Connie Yowell and Mimi Ito. (click on image or here for larger […]

Is Michael Gove systematically dismantling English state education?

Is Michael Gove systematically dismantling state education in England? I’m not sure. To believe so presumes competence, intention and strategy on his part. Most of what I observe is an ill-informed sociopath flapping about at seemingly-random educational targets. See what you think by looking at these BBC News stories since the beginning of the calendar […]

Education: sometimes it’s not complex (a reply to Nick Dennis).

This is a longer post than usual. You may want to add it to your Pocket, Readability or Instapaper account? In a way I don’t really want to write this post. Over the last few months my good friend Nick Dennis and I have been debating the merits and otherwise of independent schools. I made […]

Lesson plans, social bookmarking and the purpose of education: a response to the latest Hack Education podcast

I was fortunate enough to meet the amazing Audrey Watters and Steve Hargadon when I was over in San Francisco earlier this year. The authenticity of the ‘Irish’ pub in which we met was questionable, but their commitment to furthering education certainly isn’t! Steve and Audrey have a weekly podcast in which they reflect on […]

Some clarification of my position on private schools.

After mentioning in today’s newsletter that I was getting more militant in my opposition to private schools, I received some pushback and a request for me to explain my position. I don’t like people paying for their children’s education. I don’t like people having to pay for their own education. I don’t like school league […]