Category: Learning & Teaching

Schools

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) […]

Speaking at #EduTech17 #EduTechScot @futurescot_news

I will be presenting at EduTech 2017 this coming May, discussing the role of digital technologies in learning, with a specific focus on the Digital Schools Awards, accredited by Education Scotland and supported by HP, […]

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 […]

National Digital Learning Week #NDLW17 #DigitalDifference

Education Scotland has announced that National Digital Learning Week 2017 (#NDLW 17) will take place from 15-19 May 2017. This year the theme of the week will be ‘Digital Difference’ and throughout the week they’ll be […]

Innovations in assessment: social media as a professional medium

Social media is becoming increasingly important in learning and teaching, however the specific use and teaching pedagogy remains unclear, with some academic staff embracing it and others distancing themselves (Bowen, 2012). National focus on using […]

Impact of Digital Technology on Learning and Teaching #digilearnscot

This literature review was commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore how the use of digital technology for learning and teaching can support teachers, parents, children and young people in improving outcomes and achieving these […]

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 […]

#UofG Students to facilitate workshop at the 2015 STTA Conference

The 2015 Scottish Technology Teacher’s Association Annual Conference will be held in Glasgow on Saturday 7th November 2015. The workshop programme will consist of activities based on the new Design & Technology curriculum and N4/5 […]

Global Collaboration Day #VET

Please see the post below for details. This was sent via the UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Experts Forum. I decided to share as it may be of interest to some of you. Dear Colleagues, It is my […]

My brief reflections on the OECD Report: Students, Computers and Learning

So we have just seen the publication of a new report from the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills – Students, Computers and Learning: Making the connection (OECD, 2015). First, let’s mention that this is probably […]

The Herald HE Awards 2015

I was recently nominated as a finalist at the inaugural Herald Higher Education Awards for enhancing the student experience through social media. This is a nice media clip of the evening, which was hosted at […]

#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 […]

Education secretary makes major speech at the University of Glasgow

Poverty cannot be an excuse for failure in Scottish education. That was the key theme of a major speech delivered by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance at the University of […]

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 […]

Making tomorrow happen: technology education in Scotland #TechEdScot

I attended a very interesting event today which saw Education Scotland launch the Technologies (3-18) Impact Review which has been called Building Society – young people’s experiences and outcomes in the technologies. The curriculum impact […]

Association for Learning Technology: 2015 Conference Proposals #altc

Learning technology is the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment. ALT is the UK’s leading membership organisation in the learning technology field. Our […]

The Learning Revolution – a collection of learning events

The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. Sourced […]

Using Technology to Engage Learning, Communication & Relationships and 2015 Student Technology Conference

Free Webinar – Using Technology to Engage Learning, Communication & Relationships Thursday, January 29, 2015 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London) How can educators, practitioners and parents best use technology in natural […]

Glasgow University Student Education & Technology Conference 2014/15 #ETC1415

The Education & Technology Conference is your chance as a student to show the world the technological tools you are using to help enhance your life and your studies, get some experience presenting at a […]

Social Media 2013 Executive Organising Committee

I have recently been invited to join the Executive Organising Committee for the conference in Hong Kong (2013), USA (2014) and Sweden (2015). “This is a watershed moment in the history of higher education. In the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 http://www.twitter.com/jdeneen4 and was supplied to me by a colleague in Australia – Dirk Tiu http://about.me/dirk.tiu – enjoy! Even though older adults might still carry a negative association with video […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guest Article: Why we’re all TED Heads!

No one can deny that TED.com is one of the most successful and iconic idea-sharing platforms online. Since 2006, TED Talk videos have racked up over 800 million views. And it’s no surprise these videos […]

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 […]

Music makes you smarter and can help you to study!

When you’re working toward a degree, chances are you’ll take all the help you can get to make your studies just a little bit easier.  If you’ve searched high and low for some assistance in […]

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 […]

Virtual Conference – Learning 2.0 Rethinking learning and teaching in the age of the internet

Learning 2.0 (http://www.learning20.com) August 20 – 24, 2012 Just announced! This conference has a short lead time (right around the corner!), but this is so that it can be part of Connected Educator Month, a […]

Guest Article – Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense

Thanks to Peter Kim, Accredited Online Colleges http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.com for writing this article and supplying the info graphic. Do you want to submit a guest article? Send it to me at yourarticle@teachers.org or use my contact […]

Excellence for All – A Strategy to Raise Attainment and Recognise Achievement

  Before accepting my new post with The University of Glasgow, I wrote a strategy to raise attainment and recognise achievement across secondary education. I can’t upload the entire document as it contains sensitive information, […]

#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 […]

Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning

Today there are over 5.9 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and for every one person who accesses the internet from a computer, two do so from a mobile device. Given the ubiquity and rapidly expanding […]

CAD Modelling with Creo – Dalek, Scooter and Caster

Now that I’m an accredited teacher-trainer in the use of Creo, I thought that I’d write something about it! Creo is the latest version of the 3D CAD software which is developed by PTC. Many […]

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development – Revolutionising the Way We Teach and Learn

Education stands at a historic point in time where the best of what we know about effective teaching is merging with exciting potentials offered by new technologies, tools, and learning designs. The result is a […]

Preparing teachers for inclusive education

One of the main challenges for teacher education is posed by the demands of inclusive education but little attention has been paid to this important topic. Global disparities in educational provision, and differences in teacher […]

GTCS Consultation: Framework on Teacher Competence

The General Teaching Council Scotland is consulting on proposed changes to the Code of Practice on Teacher Competence (CPTC), which has been in force since September 2002. It is intended to rename the CPTC as the […]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: 20 Ph.D positions with UNESCO

Twenty Ph.D. positions are available in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funded Project on Pro-poor Sanitation Innovations, named “Stimulating local innovation on sanitation for the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia” due […]

Curriculum for Excellence – do we need to fix it?

    Following from my recent post on #EduPIC11, I decided to dig a little deeper into the current state of play around Scottish education and ask the question – Curriculum for Excellence – do […]

When is a school not a school?

I am currently writing an article asking the question – when is a school not a school? I have a bit of a ‘bee in my bonnet’ at present about Curriculum for Excellence – and […]

#EduPic11 – Reflecting on Scottish Education – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Whilst the event is still fresh in my mind, I thought that I’d take the opportunity to put some thoughts down onto ’virtual’ paper. #EduPic11 was different to many forums that I have attended in […]