Author Archives: Sean Hampton-Cole

About Sean Hampton-Cole

Fascinated by thinking & why it goes wrong➫ (Un)teacher ➫iPadologist ➫Humanist ➫Stirrer ➫Edupunk ➫Synthesist ➫Introvert ➫Blogger ➫Null Hypothesist.

What is Visible Thinking Really?


Introduction When you think about it, defining thinking is harder than you think. And getting students to think hard is even harder. Think back to when you last had to build something and you didn’t have exactly the right tools … Continue reading

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Never Be a Mark: The Final Word On Critical Thinking From My Favorite Hustlers


Anyone else love the BBC TV series Hustle as much as I do? Here, some advice from the final moments of the final episode of season six:

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Chess and Strategic Leadership: The Overlooked Middle-Game


Chess is about making strategic decisions. From the very first move to the last, it is all about how you deploy, position, support and utilize your resources to get the best results. As such, chess is a very useful analogy … Continue reading

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What is the Capital of Western Sahara? (Why We Need to Rethink ‘Geographic Literacy’)


Being able to point out the countries of the world, together with their capitals and major cities is a cache of knowledge many people assume to be as essential as knowing your ABCs or your times tables. In fact, people … Continue reading

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Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (8: Notability)


Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (8: Notability) Students in a 1:1 environment should never type notes. It is not neurologically sound. But that doesn’t mean they can’t take notes digitally using a stylus. The only issue with this is that … Continue reading

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A New Culture of Learning


This, after Thomas and Brown’s book: PDF Version: A New Culture of Learning 2

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Never Send a Machine… Re-imagining Technology in Education (Excerpted From Yong Zhao)


I absolutely love what Yong Zhao has to say especially about the shortcoming of standardized assessments. Some of my favorite Zhao blog posts: How Does PISA Put the World at Risk (Part 1): Romanticizing Misery Doublethink: The Creativity-Testing Conflict Test … Continue reading

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You Know You’re a Geeky Teacher When…


… (By the way, being called a geeky anything is a compliment these days. In case you didn’t know.) … You Know You’re a Geeky Teacher When… You email developers with suggestions for making their apps better. You know what … Continue reading

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Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (7: Adobe Spark Page & Spark Video)


Adobe has an amazing range of apps – most of which are free, and most of which can either be used as an iPad app or online. I’ve chosen just two, but there are many others. SPARK PAGE can be … Continue reading

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The Death of School Uniforms?


One of my favorite stories in the news last week was the group of boys who wore dresses to protest the lack of shorts as an option in their school’s uniform code in summer. Every week there seems to be … Continue reading

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Espresso Thoughts: On the Moral Imperative to Innovate Education


Espresso Ideas: Small but strong ideas to make you sit up and say ‘yeah!’ (Also known as wasabi ideas) There are so many new ideas around improving / evolving / revolutionizing education at the moment. To mention but a few: … Continue reading

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On School Leaders and Sandcastles


Being a school leader must be a bit like trying protect a sandcastle against the waves: let off for just a minute, and things can start to go wrong, spend too long on one thing, and the other parts start … Continue reading

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Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (6: Padlet)


Padlet is a collaborative pinboard / brainstorming platform. It works across platforms and has quite a robust free version. Padlet can be set up for secure sharing, and can handle many different file types. Students can reorganise ideas, and can … Continue reading

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From Mindfulness to Pivoting: On Education’s Obsession With Startup Pageantry


In case you’re not up to speed: A startup is a newly established entrepreneurial company which is typically founded upon an innovative product. Startups tend to be focused on rapid development in order to secure venture funding, crowd-sourced capital, or … Continue reading

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Schools, Universities, and the Workplace. Who is to Blame for Not Producing Independent Thinkers?


Cast: Ms Demanding Workplace Mr Selective University Mrs Compliant School DW – Ugh! I’m so tired of these employees of mine. No vision, no initiative. Everything needs to be done for them. CS – If you could just… SU – … Continue reading

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Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (5: Accessibility Settings)


An often-overlooked feature of most tablets and smart devices, accessibility settings are incredibly useful in education. The best thing is to try the various options to see what they do. (You can always turn them off again.)   Here are … Continue reading

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Response: What Will Technology in Schools Be Like in 100 Years?


Written in response to this article: http://incare-k12.com/what-will-the-classroom-be-like-in-100-years/ (and others like it.) Let’s start with this: 100 years is an absurdly long time to try and predict anything. For one thing, human population may well be in excess of 12 billion, … Continue reading

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What If?


What if schools really are what most people think they are? What if they’re really all about getting good marks so that students can move on to university? What if respect and rigor and discipline and conformity really do matter … Continue reading

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Espresso Idea: Great Teachers Are Not in it to Be Remembered


Espresso Ideas: Small but strong ideas to make you sit up and say ‘yeah!’ (Also known as wasabi ideas) Yes, every teacher does make an impact on a child’s life. And the best of us make a lasting difference. But the … Continue reading

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Tech Tools: Have You Tried? (4: Apple Clips)


Apple Clips is another idevice app. It works quite simply – you record a video and the app automatically adds subtitles (which you can edit if your accent doesn’t translate well!). Clips is another cool way for students to create … Continue reading

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