Education

Hans Rosling

So sad to hear of his death yesterday. This video – that I’ve used countless times in lessons – captures the man and his message perfectly. A brilliant communicator.   –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Body-Cams for Teachers

Absolutely nothing terrifyingly Orwellian about this then. I think the key issue here is about creep in terms of use. “The cameras are not on all the time. Where there is a perceived threat to a member of staff or pupil for example, they are used. It’s not like a surveillance camera.” That, I think,

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7-11… 9/11… 18th Century… Europe… | On History

Today I overheard two people talking, one of whom seemed to be (not the first time I’d heard this) conflating 7-Eleven and 9/11. ‘Wait,’ she said when brought up on this. ‘They’re not the same thing?’ No. One is a chain of convenience stores, the other a major terrorist attack and one of the defining moments

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Avoiding Burnout

I wrote a piece for The Guardian a few weeks back, looking at the (major) issue of teacher burnout. Strikes me that it could resonate more widely into other professions too…especially ‘pastoral’ ones.  Panic attacks, tears, anxiety and breakdown are sadly too common across the nation’s staff rooms, and as governments demand more and more

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The Tyranny of Numbers | Obsessive Measurement | Demetrification

The novel manuscript I’ve been working on is based in a school (not the one I currently work in) and I’m planning to be posting some tangential thoughts on education and teaching over the coming months. One of the key issues I’ve been reflecting on is the problem of measurement. In a busy, economy-driven society,

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Paying Attention, Not Glazing Over: The Power of Genuine Human Presence

In response to a piece extolling the possible virtues of new technology for precipitating an educational revolution, I wrote a piece on HuffPost Tech reflecting on my own practice as a teacher, and how I feel technology should function in the classroom. It’s the kind of conversation (one of so so many) I wish I

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Digital Privacy: Techno-Conservatism, or a Matter of Freedom?

Brilliant weekend away over the Bank Holiday, with loads of surfing, go-karting and some great evening conversations with a bright and challenging bunch of friends. One of the most interesting areas we talked about was around privacy in future technologies, and, when I outlined my major concerns about Google Glass-type devices I was quite surprised

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We’ve Been Here Before: Israel and the Cycle of Bullying

It’s Anti-Bullying Week here in school. In the assembly we had on it yesterday it struck me that what Israel is doing follows the archetypal bullying cycle almost perfectly. And it seems, as a ceasefire is thrashed out, that it will continue to do so. Bullies are clever. They pick on those who are weaker

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