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.

Technology Suggestions to Enhance Visible Thinking and Cooperative Learning Routines


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On Pain


Pain deprives us of our humanity. It bleeds away our energy, bruises our spirit, and cuts us off from our dreams and ambitions. Acute pain keeps the mind on the immediate present, with only the option of dull barbiturate oblivion … Continue reading

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TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IDEAS 2018


Below are some ideas on fusing technology into your lessons. This list will be updated periodically. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. (Please view in a browser or request desktop view on your tablet)

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Why Most Schools Don’t Hire the Best Teachers


(Today is my fifth anniversary on WordPress! I’ll celebrate with this little post. More to come!) In the last 5 years or so, teacher turnover at many schools has increased dramatically. Depending on the school, there may be many reasons … Continue reading

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Why We Don’t Need to Panic About Digital vs Paper Textbooks (On False Dichotomies, Placeholder Technologies and Engaged Learning)


Recently, I came across an article titled The enduring power of print for learning in a digital world – which was reblogged by the WEF and retitled Students learn better from books than screens, according to a new study. Leaving aside … Continue reading

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Teachers: Masters in the Art of Living


I came across this quote the other day. It really makes me think of the many passionate teachers I know.  The picture is of me playing Google Expeditions with a really sweet Grade One class – such fun! We were … Continue reading

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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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