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March 16, 2009

A Journey: White Daffodils, Violet Sky Thinking, my car engine and learning

March 16, 2009

A Twitter-er recorded that he was looking at ‘Flow’ - a coincidence, I was having trouble with my car engine; it would either ‘cut out’ or exhibit the kangaroo petrol characteristics I had not experienced for many years.   The electric fuel pump was ‘clicking’, suggesting that it was trying hard to pump the fuel. Was the fuel getting ...

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February 07, 2009

In pursuit of a light-bulb moment

February 07, 2009

  On a recent learning journey, I explored personal learning environments; recognised the need for space to allow learning to happen and the importance of the skills set that would enable learners to function. I had decided that it would be best to allow learner to work and learn in the ‘real world’ without excessive fencing and that ...

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February 06, 2009

A Busy time for curriculum thinkers and planners

February 06, 2009

  “Nationally, our challenge is to create a curriculum that:·         raises achievement in all subjects, particularly in English and mathematics·         equips learners with the personal, learning and thinking skills they will need to succeed in education, life and work·         motivates and engages learners·         enables a smooth progression from primary, through secondary and beyond·         encourages more young people to go on ...

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February 02, 2009

eSafety approaches – the teacher and the learner

February 02, 2009

While preparing for an eSafety meeting I found that I was motivated to; I wanted to; I was driven to, write this post. But that does not really make sense; I need to get all of the issues sorted out/organised for my meeting, so why, at this stage should I share my thinking with others?  Over the years I ...

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January 25, 2009

A Personal Learning Environment, about to be born?

January 25, 2009

 My learning was being affected by my deteriorating eyesight. The optician wanted me to play a game where I watched the little green dot jumping around the screen while I focussed on the red dot in the middle; I had to press the button whenever I could see the green light flash on and off. At the same time ...

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December 07, 2008

Functional Skills, Independent Enquirers and ePortfolios

December 07, 2008

I spent some time last week planning an introduction to Functional Skills for our Year 8 students. I delivered a presentation to the Year group last Friday. All went well. As I did my thinking I found myself reinforcing my  belief in the importance of  independent learning.  My thinking …Functional Skills are being marketed as  ‘… the core ...

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November 15, 2008

Emerging Tools and Main stream practice

November 15, 2008

I have been wandering around with a post in my head for the past few weeks. Each time I attempted to put it to text I would drift across something else that I needed to make sense of, to integrate, and to rationalise.  I gave in and looked for other distractions.   I developed an enthusiasm for social software ...

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October 19, 2008

It is what the learner does in their Personal Learning Environment that is important.

October 19, 2008

I feel the need, prompted by Cristina’s Post, www.tinyurl.com/5flo7d to over-cook the PLE thinking a bit more!   I distilled, from an earlier attempt at summarising the PLE discussions that I had followed , www.tinyurl.com/57eugd that it is what the learner ‘does’ in their Personal Learning Environment that really determines what they will learn.  What they do in the ...

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October 17, 2008

Are we over-cooking the Personal Learning Environment

October 17, 2008

I started to think about how I will often write something up, then edit, re-edit and re-edit it until I have word processed the meaning out of the message that I set off to present. By overcooking, I often loose the message.   I listened to a radio programme that discussed the problem created by all of the space ...

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October 13, 2008

Social Distractions – their role in learning environments

October 13, 2008

Learning is a personal process, personal to individual learners whatever their age or stage of development. When learners work in classrooms, in groups or on-line they will encounter and have to deal with distractions provided by others. They will need to develop strategies that will enable them to manage the distractions. They will need to be able to recognise ...

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