Teaching kids to code outside the curriculum and classroom

This is from Emma Mulqueeny (@hubmum), a friend, a prime mover of Young Rewired State (http://youngrewiredstate.org/), and tireless advocate of young people building a better world through coding. Here she describes the practical and (I would say) agile steps that an initiative called Computing at School (http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/) is taking to help schoolkids to learn to … Continue reading

Managing shared resources and reclaiming the commons with the School of Commoning

The number of new initiatives that are reimagining learning in some way continues to grow. Compared with the US, where initiatives are entrepreneurial in spirit and mass-scale in ambition, those in the UK seem more to be modest, organic and many are growing out of existing institutions (especially universities). I came across the School of … Continue reading

Good to see things hotting up @UnivProject, starting with Universities: Past & Future event in October

Looking forward to this free weekend event in London, and finding out/contributing to how the plans hatched by Dougald Hine (@Dougald) and others are taking shape Clipped from univproject.pbworks.com Welcome to the University Project A whole set of forces are coming together to disrupt higher education as we know it – here in the UK, … Continue reading

Entrepreneurship accelerator threatens to disrupt Higher Ed model – or is it emperor’s new clothes?

It’s difficult to know what to make of the General Assembly ‘accelerator’ that’s at the centre of this post, because there’s so little detail. “So will we open a bunch more campuses? Put all our classes online? Start training executives? We don’t know,” writes cofounder Brad Harvgreaves in a linked article (http://www.businessinsider.com/general-assembly-financing-expands-abroad-2011-9). “Right now we’re … Continue reading

A ‘starting over again’ school for design and architecture professionals

Still in early stages of development and supported by design thought-leader (I hate that term, but it feels authentic here) John Thackara @johnthackara. He refers to it as “A feral encounter, [which] brings people into contact with the lived reality of a situation.” (http://observersroom.designobserver.com/johnthackara/post/in-praise-of-the-feral-update-on-xskool/29608/). A pilot group “embraced the idea of no curriculum, no standardised … Continue reading

How has the web enabled new theories of learning? Concise overview from @fredgarnett

This is one of a series of posts under the title “From Education to Learning; A Brief History of Open” by Fred Garnett. Here he begs to differ from what he sees as a complacent view in an interview: “I wouldn’t say there are any profound changes in the way we should be thinking about … Continue reading

If you can spare a week in New York this autumn/fall, this looks like an intriguing & educational event

It may be a crucible for revolutionising learning, or it may be a way of schmoozing with the rising (and already risen) stars of post-institutional learning. Or a bit of both. The cost of registration appears to be extremely good value ($30-40), so if you’re near NYC and can spare the time, you’d be daft … Continue reading

New book on how to hack your own education & get a qualification

“Hot” off the “press” comes Anya Kamenetz’s follow-up to DIY U. Thanks to support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this is a free e-book (all formats). Styled as an Edupunk’s Guide, the emphasis is on practical guidance for the individual, picking up where DIY U’s journalistic survey of the state of play left … Continue reading

Einztein.com – online courses + social network for teachers/peers = rich learning?

We all know that learning is not just about transferring content; dialogue and relationships are key to gaining deep understanding of concepts. So stand-alone online learning resources don’t cut it. But if you took some Open Educational Resources and added some low cost teacher/peer relationships, using social networking tools, would you then have enough to … Continue reading

Is Khan Academy heading in the wrong direction, back to being institutionalised?

What I originally thought was interesting about Khan Academy was how it worked outside the norms and mechanisms of institutional education. It seemed that just turning over the keys to the learning resources, and letting people choose what they wanted, rewind and fast forward without supervision, led people to feel empowered to organise their own … Continue reading