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

Michael Wesch on the secret sauce of classroom teaching in the Web 2.0 world

Michael Wesch is perhaps best known for his YouTube videos like The Machine is Us/ing Us (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g). But he’s also an innovator in teaching methods in Higher Education. Below is an excerpt of an excerpt where Wesch explains what he thinks is the secret of his success. Click through fror the full article and podcast. … Continue reading

“Learn to exercise mindful deployment of yr attention online to become a critical consumer of media” @hrheingold

Howard Rheingold gives latest thoughts on the “five social media literacies”, focusing mainly on attention, and also explaining some of his own teaching practice. See also comparison with Guy Claxton’s characteristics of a confident explorer/researcher http://alchemi.co.uk/archives/ide/progressive_aus.html#literacies Clipped from http://www.educause.edu Social media—networked digital media such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and wikis—enable people to socialize, organize, learn, … Continue reading

Notes on “The Classroom Experiment” (BBC/Dylan Wiliam)

Here are my notes on two one-hour BBC programmes about innovation in methods in an English secondary school. It was billed as “One professor, one term, 24 students” and featured some faintly contrived dramatisation and character development, which TV producers seem to think is necessary to make anything watchable. I’ve stripped that out so there’s … Continue reading

Being challenged to ask good questions stimulates new learning – 3 min video of @jobsworth on teaching & learning

Hat-tip to Seb Schmoller for sharing the link. Clipped from mededelearning.wordpress.com The other key things that stood out were that learning is about asking questions rather than answering them.  If we’re still asking questions then we’re still learning, we mustn’t stifle our desire to learn.  He also highlights the importance of sharing and feedback, the … Continue reading

Applying agile development principles to learning (University of Hertfordshire project)

Curious mix of objectives here. combing training students in agile development, regardless and, reflexively, using “agile principles in working together with students to achieve the learning objectives of the module”. It still seems provider-led. Clipped from http://www.wikisym.org we describe a blended learning process that is based on the agile development principles and techniques and supported … Continue reading