Supporting #STEM events in secondary schools – Career Information, Advice and Guidance

I was recently invited to discuss aspects of my career and job within the university, at a local STEM event at St Joseph’s College in Dumfries. The event was organised by S4 pupils and was […]

#digiscots14 Digital & ICT Skills in Scottish Education: The Skills Investment Plan & Tackling the Digital & ICT Skills Gap

This conference aimed to bring together professionals and key stakeholders from education, industry and Government to discuss how Scotland creates the right foundations on which to develop ICT and digital skills. The growth of the […]

When a virtual learning environment actually does what it says on the tin!

There are many different VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) platforms used throughout the world and I become increasingly frustrated when we talk about online learning within these contexts, when the platforms are used mostly for storing presentations […]

Are schools able to develop and nurture the required digital skills that our young people need?

Normally, I blog retrospectively, reflecting on events, papers or aspects of teaching. Given that 2014 is drawing towards an end (I have now seen my first Christmas tree in someone’s front room!) and that December […]

Global Education Conference 17-22 Nov 2014

It’s that time of the year again when I plug the annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world. It will be held on Monday 17th November through […]

My time with Google Glass – educational potential or epic failure?

I have been given Google Glass by The college of Social Sciences (CoSS) to trial as a tool for teaching and learning. Of course, given all the media hype around the device, I snapped up the […]

EU Project Compendium on Innovative Technology Enhanced Learning

I’m back! It’s been over a year since I last blogged. The last 12 months have been chaotic to say the least. I have been really busy and I’m finally getting around to updating my […]

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 […]

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 […]

International Society for Technology in #Education Conference #edtech

Each year hundreds of educators interested in social media, technology, teaching, and learning gather to build and participate in “unplugged”-style activities as a part of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference. Saturday, June 22rd – HACK […]

Can social media enhance the learning experience?

  On Friday 19th April, I attended the 6th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference #GU2013LTC. I participated in a variety of workshops based on social networking and eLearning. Interestingly, the discussions seemed […]

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. […]

How The World Uses Social Media

Most infographics touch on the rough edges of data. They dabble in studies and research. Not this one. It dives in and relishes the massive amount of information on how the world uses social networks. […]

The Technology Integration Matrix

The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) provides a framework for defining and evaluating technology integration and can be applied to most primary and secondary schools. The matrix: Sets a clear vision for effective teaching with technology […]

Digital Participation – A National Inquiry by The Royal Society of Edinburgh

I recently attended the Royal Society launch of an inquiry into digital participation across Scotland. The inquiry is independent and is focussed on “Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation”. The inquiry is being chaired by […]

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 […]

#EdTech Cheat Sheet: Understanding New Trends in Educational Technology via @goboundless

I came across this neat infographic earlier today and I knew straight away that I had to share it via my blog. It’s not an exhaustive list, of course – but it does make 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 […]

The International Association of Technology, Education and Development invites conference abstracts

The International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED) invites you to attend the 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference that will be held in Valencia, Spain from March 4 to 6, 2013. Over […]

Guest Article: Why we’re all TED Heads!

No one can deny that 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 […]

18 Graduate Programs Embracing Games

Graphic and article provided by Thanks to an ever richer assortment of educational games, students at nearly all levels of schooling are getting the chance to learn while having fun, experimenting, and practicing essential […]

Massive Open Online Courses: The next big thing in Education?

Thanks again, to Peter Kim for supplying this guest article. If you haven’t already heard: MOOCs are the next big thing in education. So what are they? The acronym stands for Massive Open Online Courses. […]

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 […]

#GlobalEd12 Global Education Conference – Everyone is invited to participate!

The 2012 worldwide virtual Global Education Conference as well as the iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit will kick off next month during International Education Week (November 12-16, 2012). We invite you to join our […]

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 […]

Guest Article – The Problem with Hovering: When Helicopter Parents invade the workplace

If you’re currently pursuing an online education, you’re probably quickly becoming more and more familiar with the pressures of student life. From late night study sessions to early morning test cramming, pursuing an education is […]

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 […]

My day at The Scottish Learning Festival #SLF12

The sun was shining and the sky was blue. As I travelled from my house to the local train station, I noticed the morning dew seated upon the grass and the crisp, cold air hung […]

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 […]

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 […]

Annual trip to Egypt – I will return in 2 weeks!

It has been over a year since my last trip to Egypt, which in 2011 coincided with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova’s official visit to Egypt in order to show UNESCO’s support for the transformation processes […]

UNESCO Iraq seeks consultant

UNESCO Iraq office located in Amman, Jordan is currently recruiting for a Consultant to conduct implementation and training for a Labour Survey in Baghdad, Iraq.  In Phase One, the project will prepare five diagnostic papers […]