Learning & Teaching in 2011 – What’s important & what’s not?


This is my last post for 2010!

It seems a bit weird stating that I won’t write another until next year, though of course that isn’t far away! I have a favour to ask from you; although related to our wider professional interest in education, it is really a personal ask so any comments or feedback will be most welcome.

As you’ll know, the variety and amount of information ‘out there’ on learning and teaching for the 21st Century is immense. I’d like to gauge exactly what is important and what is not, and there is no better place to start than by tapping into your expertise. Why am I doing this? I’m not going to make a public announcement as to the reason but if you send me a private message (include your email address) with some feedback I will reply to you and let you know; post comments are also welcome.

I’ll endeavour to collate any responses in the New Year and this will inform my first post of 2011!

Thanks, in advance!

Here they are then, my questions for you; please share this amongst your network and answer as many as you like:

1. What is having the most impact on effective learning and teaching today?

2. What will have the most impact in the future?

3. What do you feel is the biggest challenge to overcome?

4. Do you have any examples of really excellent learning and teaching (e.g. blog posts, article etc).

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4 comments on “Learning & Teaching in 2011 – What’s important & what’s not?
  1. Fred Boss says:

    Answers based on using ICT in school:

    1. What is having the most impact on effective learning and teaching today?
    Use of resources and tools on the web for publishing to a wider audience by students and teachers. But in classrooms where this might not be happening the teacher could still be using a data projector to create additional impact/interest/focus in lessons

    2. What will have the most impact in the future?
    I think mobile technologies will be coming to the fore in the next year or so. Augmented Reality too. These will allow students to add their take on information based on geographic location. QR codes too.

    3. What do you feel is the biggest challenge to overcome?
    Confidence in using technology wit ha class is key for teachers. They need to understand that students have expertise that can be useful when exploring the use of technology in class.

    The next edition of the “Horizon Report” should be out in January 2011 and this is always worth a look into to see what they’re predicting for the future. They release an educational version too.

  2. Lee Dunn says:

    Great thanks, that’s exactly the sort of response I was after – brief and to the point!

  3. 1. What is having the most impact on effective learning and teaching today? Lack of innovative school design

    2. What will have the most impact in the future? flexibility and ability to adapt to change

    3. What do you feel is the biggest challenge to overcome? blind insistence on tradition

    4. Do you have any examples of really excellent learning and teaching (e.g. blog posts, article etc).
    I have real life examples–but I’m done writing the straight stuff–I’m just writing to entertain now!

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