The EDEN Interviews: Frans Mäyrä | (Steve Wheeler)

Below is the final video interview I did with keynote speakers at the 2017 Annual EDEN Conference, held in Jonkoping, Sweden. It features a conversation with Professor Frans
Mäyrä. Frans is Professor of Interactive Media at the University of Tampere in Finland, and his research interests focus on the topic for the conversation – Ludic literacy. Frans explains in detail what Ludic literacy entails, how games based learning can be leveraged to create more engaging learning experiences, and how playful forms of learning contrast with more goal oriented learning traditionally delivered in…

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Who are you inspiring? | (Steve Wheeler)

Image from MaxpixelIf you are a teacher, then you will have had impact on many young people. In a recent blog post I wrote about inspiration – something I think everyone needs in their lives.

Children especially, can be inspired by small things that teachers do. Often, we don’t appreciate the impact we can have on the lives of our students. In the busyness of the day, we don’t always realise how inspirational some of our actions can be. You never know who you are inspiring….

I met up with one of my former youth group members a few years ago (yes, I used to run youth groups in the 80s and…

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Passion for education | (Steve Wheeler)

Photo by Anthony Easton on Flickr

In my last post I wrote about inspiration – for those who are teachers, and also for those who are learning – and I guess, that is just about everyone.

I also touched on the theme of passion – the love for learning that all successful teachers tend to exhibit. We all need inspiration, and many would argue that we perform better as educators when we have passion.

We need to see education for what it is – the means to draw out the best from children and give them the best preparation to thrive in the world.

Further inspiration about education came this week…

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Inspiration! | (Steve Wheeler)

Image from PixabayWe all need inspiration. At the start of the new year, we need all the inspiration we can get to create the impetus and motivation to keep going.

So it was timely that a thought provoking tweet from Ted Fujimoto appeared in my timeline this morning. It has prompted me to think about what it means to be an inspirational teacher.

What does an inspirational teacher do, and what should I emulate and avoid? Here’s the tweet:

Thinking back on my own school days, this resonates strongly within me. My time at school was not a good time. Much of it was focused on avoiding bullying…

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Transition and change | (Steve Wheeler)

Photo from Pixabay2017 has been a year of transition and change. Looking back on the year, I now realise that I was heading for some major changes of direction in my professional life. I have connected again with some old friends and colleagues, said goodbye to a few and met some new ones too. My PLN continues to grow and I have been privileged to work with some really excellent people.

The start of the year saw the usual events in and around London, including the BETT Show at the Dockland Excel Centre in January, where 4 of my students joined me to present during the conference. It was…

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UnGoogleable questions again | (Steve Wheeler)

Photo by Steve WheelerRecently I posted a challenge in response to a question about lack of student engagement. It was to solve an unGoogleable question. Google (and other search engines) are used every day by academics and students alike to find content, and more often than not, to answer questions.

It’s no surprise then that many think that everything can be Googled. But they would be wrong. There are many questions that cannot be answered by simply going online and Googling.

I blogged this in that previous post:
One of the remedies for lack of engagement is to present students with…

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Created in our image | (Steve Wheeler)

Photo by Steve Wheeler (3D printed robots)There is no doubt. Robots are going to feature significantly in our future. They are already overtly embedded in manufacturing and retailing (e.g. see Amazon), and also feature in other sectors of society in more discrete forms.

At the supermarket checkout, you now have a choice. Either you elect to have your goods checked out by a human or you go to a robot checkout. The queues for the human checkout can be longer, but the conversation is usually better. (How often have you found yourself annoyed with the robot checkout? Unexpected item in the…

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