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The End of Average

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:56:46 +0000

I’ve just finished reading Todd Rose’s book The End of Average – a captivating read that challenges almost all of the underlying assumptions that form the basis of our current education system. Here’s a favourite quote: “From the cradle to the grave. You are measured agains the ever-present yardstick of the average, judged according to

Learning to Thrive

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:00:37 +0000

Learning to Thrive from EDtalks on Vimeo. I’ve been pondering lately about the complex change in society, and how now, more than ever before, it is important for us to place learning at the heart of our thinking in terms of how we address this. Studies have shown that lifelong learners – citizens who acquire

Change, beliefs and the ‘F’ words

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:25:30 +0000

The annual uLearn conference is over for another year, and as the new term begins it’s worth taking a little time to reflect on the ‘big ideas’ we came away with — the overarching themes and messages that persisted through the various keynote, spotlight, and workshop presentations. I had the privilege of doing a quick

Let’s start with the experience of the learner

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:08:34 +0000

Reflecting further on my two days at the Deep Learning Lab in Christchurch where the conversations canvased a wide range of issues facing teachers in schools at the moment. Not far below the surface in many conversations was the concern at being held to account for national standards, and how this expectation (real and imagined)

Staying ahead of the game

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 02:56:03 +0000

I’ve just had the pleasure of being a part of an intensive two-day Deep Learning Lab in Christchurch with educators from the NZ schools involved in the global NPDL project. Final day keynote speaker was Kaila Colbin, a TEDx licensee, and NZ Ambassador for Singularity University. Kaila shared a compelling message about the impact of exponential change, explaining

agency vs entitlement

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:19:24 +0000

Earlier this year I was on a flight from Auckland to Canada which had to make an unscheduled stopover in Hawaii to offload a passenger who had become seriously ill. I was very impressed by the way the Air New Zealand staff handled the incident and went about making sure every passenger was catered for

A shake-up for education?

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:46:46 +0000

This week I had the privilege of attending an event in Auckland where Minister of Education, Nikki Kaye, officially released the final draft of the Digital Technologies-Hangarau Matihiko Curriculum for consultation. The event was opened with a group of students from the Lynfield College Robotics club who gave an outstanding presentation about their work as

Going deeper with learning

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:42:59 +0000

In his preface to A Rich Seam, Michael Barber writes about a revolution that is impacting almost every area of society, noting… This revolution is already in homes across the developed world and increasingly in the developing world too. And there, it is transforming the way children and young people play, access information, communicate with each other

Supply and Demand – the big issue for schools of the future

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:03:41 +0000

I’m currently attending the ConnectED conference of principals in the Newcastle region in Australia, exploring the theme of professional learning communities and enjoying hearing from speakers with a wealth of experience in this area including Alma Harris, Michelle Jones, Helen Timperley and Peter Goss. A constant theme in the presentations and workshops is change, and how, as

What if all of this really is true??

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:48:43 +0000

In the 19th century the Industrial Revolution created a huge urban proletariat, and socialism spread because no other creed managed to answer the unprecedented needs, hopes and fears of this new working class. Liberalism eventually defeated socialism only by adopting the best parts of the socialist program. In the 21st century we might witness the