It’s that time of year again.
Lights appear strung across shopping streets like Victorian washing lines. The same four songs are playing in every single shop. Retail workers have that glazed-eye expression from hearing the same four songs on a loop all day. Everyday packaging suddenly is adorned with pictures of holly leaves. Everybody is ‘festive’. Continue reading “What Christmas teaches us about education”
As today is Valentine’s Day, this seems like a suitable time to post this:
I’m not divorced. So therefore, I am an excellent husband, and I have a very satisfied wife.
Continue reading “How to please your wife”
There’s always that time when you are singing along with a song and you realise, halfway through the eye clenching, arm extending bit, that you have no idea what the lyrics are. What comes out your mouth is comical at best, and frankly disturbing at worst.
Continue reading “Singing along, but I don’t know the words”
As I mentioned previously, the Jisc #codesign16 ‘Next Gen Digital Learning Environment’ strand is a perfect opportunity to rethink not only how technologies support learning, but how we build an educational system to reflect how we learn.
Continue reading “Next generation digital learning environment – my thoughts”
Over the last few weeks, I have spoken with a number of vendors about their VLEs. All of them have similar, polished pitches that talks about being learner-centric, mobile-first, and innovative.
They all then went on to talk about products in more detail, and it became increasingly obvious that those claims were spurious.
Continue reading “What now for the VLE? #NGDLE”
I received these tweets the other day:
I didn’t think I could answer it in less than 140-characters, so maybe a blog post might help (well, duh!)
So here is my go at a handy list to help students new to blogging.
Continue reading “11 handy tips for student blogging”
A couple of weeks ago, I helped host the Jisc Change Agents Network meetup, where we welcomed over 170 delegates. It was a very busy and intense day – from setting up in the morning to making sure the entire venue was returned to its correct configuration for the following day’s teaching.
When I got home and slumped on the sofa, feet aching and ever-so-slightly dehydrated, I opened up my Fitbit app to bask in the glory of my step-based achievement. To my horror, my Flex battery had run out halfway through the day. The potential 25,000+ steps was ripped from me, leaving just a paltry 8,000. All that effort, and what did I have to show for it?
Continue reading “Fitbit, learning, and why my wife is right”
Okay, so the title for this blog post is a little misleading, but please bear with me, there will be an ugly, shoehorned metaphor in there but it will all make sense in the end. I hope.
Continue reading “How PAW Patrol saved my life”
Student innovation competition now open
Our innovation challenge: could your students make an impact?
Jisc’s Summer of Student Innovation competitions are an opportunity for students to have an impact on life and study in work based learning providers, colleges and universities across the UK.
Continue reading “Jisc Summer of Student Innovation 2016 now open”
When people think about digital education (or technology-enhanced learning – TEL) they often think of new bits of software, a website service, or a mobile app. However, these are just the tools to enable some interesting delivery, collaboration or assessment methods. We like to think about the underlying pedagogies, but sometimes it is right to bring the two things we love most in the world: ed-tech and lists.
In this post, you will find most of the cool apps and tools that may help your learning and teaching. We will provide links to their websites or app store pages. In time, we will look in more detail at some of these, and will keep this list updated as technology moves on.
Continue reading “A to Z of Digital Education”