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 […]

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 […]

Conferences as Catalysts for Educational Innovation and Change [DMLcentral]

My latest blog post for DMLcentral is now online: Conferences as Catalysts for Educational Innovation and Change. A select morsel: The face-to-face nature of conferences is, I believe, of even more importance in an extremely digitally connected world. Whilst it’s often the case that you can get to know people very well online, there’s something […]

My mobile learning article for the Guardian Teacher Network

Whilst I was enjoying the sun in Malta and Gozo last week the Guardian Teacher Network published an article I wrote entitled How to use mobile devices in the classroom. It’s a piece I wrote originally in the wake of the #govephonehome debacle and then edited for publication a couple of months ago. It links […]

10 things educators forget to do after teacher training.

At the start of July I’ll be submitting my Ed.D. thesis. It’s an outgrowth of work I did towards an M.Ed. before transferring to my doctoral studies. That, in turn, was a continuation of the PGCE in Secondary History I completed at Durham University. Such transition points leads one to reflect upon changes and continuities. […]

Using Digital Media to Improve Teaching and Learning

I’m presenting with JISC Digital Media today as part of a session at the JISC Conference 2011 entitled Using Digital Media to Improve Teaching and Learning. My part of our presentation is below: Using Digital Media to Improve Teaching and Learning View more presentations from Doug Belshaw. It’s my job to provide the introductory landscape […]