#3quotes from Bruner | noreply@blogger.com (Steve Wheeler)

Photo by Crabchick on FlickrIn my #3quotes series I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas and theories in context. Too often, writers cite from theorists using secondary sources instead of delving into the original texts. In this post I will featuring direct quotations from legendary American psychologist Jerome S Bruner, whose work focused on the psychology of learning, pedagogical methods such as instructional scaffolding and the spiral curriculum, as well as social constructivist learning methods.

Bruner placed great…

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5 year old me | noreply@blogger.com (Steve Wheeler)

5 year old me in GibraltarWhat would I say to my 5-year-old self? If was to travel back in time and meet myself as a child, just as I was about to enter school for the first time, what advice would I give?

The whole world would be opening up for me, and I would have my entire future ahead. What advice would I give to that 5-year-old version of me?

On reflection, school was an uncomfortable, frightening place where bigger, stronger people told me what I could and couldn’t do. I was assigned a desk and a chair, both of which were bolted to the floor, and I was forced to ‘face the front’ and…

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Intervention learning | noreply@blogger.com (Steve Wheeler)

Photo from Wikimedia CommonsPredictably, the ideas that dominated at Learning Technologies 2019 (#LT19uk) were mostly on new and emerging technologies. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) cropped up several times during sessions across the event. The #LT19uk conference programme revealed that less than a third of organisations appear to have so far adopted any aspects of AR or VR within their learning offers, but of the third that have, there are already some very interesting and productive uses to report.

Day 1 session S2 From Hype to Reality: AR and VR in Action for example,…

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Change, Learning Technologies, and the future | noreply@blogger.com (Steve Wheeler)

Daniel Susskind – Photo by Steve WheelerAll change! Attending Learning Technologies in a completely new, yet strangely familiar venue was quite an experience. It was akin to welcoming an old friend to live in your own home and watching them struggle to work out where the coffee is stored, and how the dodgy ‘fridge door works. London ExCel has long been the home of the BETT Show, which I have attended on many occasions, but in the last few days it has also been the home of Learning Technologies, which for umpteen years has been hosted at Olympia, on the other side of the city. ExCel is very…

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#3quotes from Holt | noreply@blogger.com (Steve Wheeler)

Image from Wikimedia CommonsIn this series called #3quotes I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas within context. Too often, writers cite from theorists without delving into the original texts. In this post I feature the American educator John Holt. Holt was best known for his progressive approach to education, and his criticisms of state-funded school systems. I have drawn three quotes from his 1983 classic How Children Learn (first published in 1964) and have added some additional commentary.

Holt sees a steady decline in…

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March of the robots | noreply@blogger.com (Steve Wheeler)

Photo by Steve WheelerAnyone who has ever attended the BETT Show will tell you it is vast, chaotic and very commercial. The latter is inevitable, because BETT is a free-entry event, and someone has to pay to make sure the four day education show happens. BETT was bigger than ever this year, with more vendors and more visitors, overspilling into an additional space across the corridor from the usual trade show venue.

As I wandered around the show this year, skilfully sidestepping the ministrations of a host of staffers dressed up as grizzly bears, transformers and astronauts, all trying to…

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#3quotes from Rogers | noreply@blogger.com (Steve Wheeler)

Image from Wikimedia CommonsAlthough he originally practised as a psychotherapist, Carl Rogers was intensely interested in education. His 1969 publication Freedom to Learn is now considered a classic of education. It was certainly required reading during my own teacher training. Rogers’ approach to both psychotherapy and education was humanistic and thus person-centred. His view on learning was that children needed to be fully engaged rather than passive in the classroom:

“It is most important to me to make learning experiences meaningful and personal by encouraging the children to use their…

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