Category: Education Studies

Silas Awakening Published

Silas is an 18 year old living in a dystopian universe haunted by a vast interstellar war. With no place to call home, he travels from one star system to the next, exploring abandoned ships, […]

Exploring the future of humanity through education and technology

I’ve become increasingly interested in exploring education from a new perspective. When lecturing at the University of Glasgow, I met a number of colleagues from various disciplines (education, engineering, computing science, culture and literature etc) […]

Who is ICAS? Global, Virtual, Diverse

ICAS is a professional body for more than 20,000 world class business men and women who work in the UK and in more than 100 countries around the world. Our members have all achieved the […]

Lee Dunn appointed as ICAS Senior Education Manager

Lee Dunn has been appointed as Senior Education Manager at the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS). Lee is Head of Student Services, Digital Learning and Quality and will be co-leading the CA Education Division […]

Webinar: Artificial Intelligence: How ‘new thinking’ is changing the world

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have a profound impact on our society over the next 20 years. It’s important to ask how we are going to use it. It’s arrival will bring many positives, and possibly […]

CA North America Magazine Launched

This new monthly digital magazine is dedicated to the news and views of our members; a sizeable portion of our US and Canada members work in business and financial services, with many at management level, […]

Education needs to move beyond tablet devices and into mixed reality

The education technology landscape has changed considerably over the last few years. Emerging devices and new approaches to learning are at the fore of new teaching pedagogy, with an increased focus on the use of […]

Social Media in Education – an article for Efficiency Exchange

Originally published via Efficiency Exchange. Re-written for National Digital Learning Week 2017. As a lecturer, I have the opportunity to explore many new technologies and new pedagogies. Through my work, I’m able to visit primary […]

The Digital Everyday: Exploration or Alienation?

I’m writing to you on behalf of the Centre for Digital Culture at King’s College London to invite you to attend an international event on Saturday, May 6 called “The Digital Everyday: Exploration or Alienation?” […]

Guest Speaker on BBC Radio Scotland

On Tuesday 21st March, 2017, I was invited to participate on The Kaye Adams Programme (BBC Radio Scotland) for an open discussion on online learning within our classrooms. The discussion was based around an innovative approach […]

Optimism, Pessimism, Education and the Human Future

The Storify narrative was generated from an interdisciplinary symposium at The University of Glasgow. This event was designed to: develop critical thinking on the human future through pitches from a range of academic voices; make connections between […]

Teach Technology – Applications are invited via UCAS

Scotland has a long established tradition in engineering and technology which is reflected in the history of the curriculum within the national education system. Technical subjects and the development of a technologies curriculum are recognised […]

Speaking at BETT with HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and Intel

Well! What can I say? BETT 2017 has turned out to be a wonderful experience, but then I expected nothing less. Rarely do I have the opportunity to see such an amazing assortment of technological […]

Connect with me at #BETT2017 (Digital Schools Awards) @HP Stand (D200)

SPEAKING AT BETT, LONDON 25 AND 26 JANUARY 2017 (11AM) STAND D200 On 25th and 26th January, I will be speaking at BETT in London, about the Digital Schools Awards. BETT is the world’s leading […]

Design and (or) Technlogy 2.0

Originally posted on Dr David Spendlove's Blog:
In a blog post just before Christmas (December 2016) David Barlex (along with Torben Steeg and Nick Givens) argued for the rebuilding of Design and Technology based…

Speaking at BETT, London, January 2017 #digitalschools

I am delighted to speak at BETT, London on 25th and 26th January, 2017. I’ll be talking about the Digital Schools Awards, in partnership with HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and Intel. You’ll find me […]

Digital Schools Awards Scotland

I am delighted to be appointed as National Adviser and Programme Validator for the Digital Schools Awards, working in partnership with Education Scotland, HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and Intel. More details can be found […]

Coming soon… a new novella series… The Silas Saga

“It is the story of your life, too. I know that sounds melodramatic, but it’s true. I also know that this story will eventually lead to my death. I am thankful for a great deal […]

Global Education Conference 2015

Bienvenue! Welcome! 歡迎! Willkommen! Benvenuto! 환영! Seja bem-vindo(a)! Bienvenido! We are pleased to announce the sixth annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be […]

Recently Published: Unleashing the Potential – Transforming TVET

UNESCO has recently published the third volume of its Education on the Move series, a series dedicated to the analysis of key trends in education with the hope of inspiring dialogue among policy makers, educators […]

#ResearchEd Scotland: my reflection on #rEDScot @GlasgowUni

On Saturday 29th August, I had the pleasure of attending my first ResearchEd event. It was held on my home turf at the University of Glasgow, hosted by the School of Education in the Sir […]

Analysis of Digital Media: Supporting University-Wide Online Learning

This report aims to provide an overview of a project which explores teaching and learning within a blended mode of study. Specifically, it looks to analyse the production of digital media and online social networking […]

Some random thoughts on #edtech beyond 2020 – and why we need to think beyond ‘just’ tablets

Technological change continues unabated, and with it societal and behavioural change. These factors directly impact how people and systems interact, how spaces are used, and how learning, research and support are delivered. Today, I attended […]

Horizon 2020 Conference in Budapest is underway #INNOVEIT15

The ‘INNOVEIT 2015’ conference is currently underway in Budapest and combines the previously separate events of the EIT Stakeholder Forum, the EIT Awards, the EIT Roundtables and the EIT Alumni Connect events. The three-day event will discuss […]

8th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference

The 8th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching conference took place on Tuesday 14th April 2015. The Conference was entitled ‘Learning and teaching in a changing environment‘ and provided an opportunity to explore important challenges […]

Staff and Student Partnership is highly commended by the HEA

University of Glasgow – Enhancing the student experience through career-long professional learning (the Glasgow University Student Teacher Network) This year’s Higher Education Academy (HEA) annual conference, Powerful partnerships: defining the learning experience, explored how partnerships […]

Educating Teachers to be Advocates for Widening Participation – My Thoughts

I recently attended a HEA event at Edge Hill University entitled: Educating Teachers to be Advocates for Widening Participation. The event provided an excellent opportunity to explore the barriers which prevent learners (particularly school leavers) […]

Educating teachers to be advocates for widening participation – A conference at Edge Hill University

This week sees not one but two conferences lined up. On Friday I will be back at base for the University of Glasgow’s 6th Annual Conference on Learning and Teaching, where I will be presenting […]

20 Things You Can Do Today To Set Your Classroom Up For Success

Teachers spend a  lot of time getting the classroom ready, planning lessons, and getting to know  students. The following list includes 20 ideas that you may not have  thought of in terms of a successful classroom […]

Glasgow University Student Teacher Network

Yesterday saw the launch of the Glasgow University Student Teacher Network. The network is an independent society established and maintained by students – for students. The focus of the network is to provide a platform […]

Behaviour in Scottish Schools & Education Technology and Society

Behaviour in Scottish Schools 2012 research was commissioned by the Scottish Government and carried out by Ipsos MORI, the third in a series of reports into behaviour in Scottish schools since 2006. The aim was to […]

Early Childhood Care & Education and the Curriculum: a list of resources by UNESCO

The International Bureau of Education (IBE) has compiled this list of resources to assist curriculum developers, researchers and practitioners. The first section focuses on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in relation to the curriculum. […]

International Conference on #Education and New Developments – Call for Papers #END13

I am pleased to announce that I have been invited onto the Scientific Committee for the #END13 International Conference on Education and New Developments. For more information about the conference, please visit the official website […]

20 Apps for Game-Based Learning – Guest Article via @jdeneen4

This article was composed by Julie DeNeen and was supplied to me by a colleague in Australia – Dirk Tiu – enjoy! Even though older adults might still carry a negative association with video […]

School Leadership Summit 2013

The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) and I are pleased to announce the inaugural worldwide and online School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 28th, 2013 ( This free conference will be held online and […]

Happy New Year! Will BYOD impact on #education in 2013? #edtech

Happy New Year to you all. I have refreshed my blog for 2013, hopefully you like it. It’s less cluttered and gets straight to the point. I wanted to start the new year with a […]

Libraries are Forever: E-books and Print Books Can Coexist

If you can remember the day you first learned to read, you probably recall that profound sense of accomplishment that came from sounding out the words in your favorite storybooks.  But whether you’re 15 or […]

Common Education Standards – my thoughts within context

I have written this post as a request from a friend and colleague who lives and works in Mexico, but is currently studying in Boston. The context – personal thoughts on common standards in relation […]

The University of Glasgow develops a mobile app for new teachers

The [University of Glasgow] School of Education has launched its first app, “Proficio”, which provides support for our new teacher graduates. It is available initially for Android handsets via the Android Market, and as a web […]

Are you participating in #GlobalEd12

Can I take this opportunity to remind you that today saw the launch of this year’s Global Education Conference. The conference will run for one week and is held online in multiple time zones. Future sessions and […]

CfE Management Board Briefing Paper on Interdisciplinary Learning

The Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Management Board has released a variety of briefings which have been designed to assist teachers. The latest paper focusses on Interdisciplinary Learning. Interdisciplinary Learning is a planned approach to learning […]

Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference – The Future of Libraries

Library 2.012, the “Future of Libraries” conference, starts tomorrow, Wednesday, October 3rd, at 6:30 am US-Pacific Daylight Time and continues for 40 straight hours. The conference is free to attend, and is held virtually in […]

Game-based Learning at the Global Education Conference

The Global Education Conference is pleased to announce a new partnership with BrainPOP®, a leading creator of animated, curricular content, to develop a new gaming strand for the 2012 Global Education Conference. In addition to […]

3 great #education events coming up!

The Global Education Conference will begin in a matter of weeks and the latest update is hot off the press. You can download it here. If you have not already done so, I encourage you […]

Praxis Enquiry and School-University Partnership Seminar

I’ve just sat in a seminar delivered by Dr Neil Hooley, a lecturer in the School of Education, Victoria University Melbourne. He has interests in narrative inquiry, participatory action research and critical inquiry learning as […]

Excellence for All – a framework for monitoring and tracking

I recently wrote an article which described the rationale and priorities behind my strategy – Excellence for All (EfA). The focus is to raise attainment and recognise achievement. The strategy is supported by a framework which builds capacity […]

#GlobalEd12 – GlobalEdCon: Connecting Educators and Organisations Worldwide

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organisations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting […]

Technological Education in Scotland – Beyond 2012 – Part 1

I recently carried out a small scale study based on The Future of Technological Education in Scotland.  I conducted a survey over a period of two weeks and collated the results. It is intended that […]