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The Best TED & TEDx Talks for Teachers & Students


The Best TED, TEDx & TED-Ed Talks for Teachers & Students In no particular order: Do Schools Kill Creativity? (Ken Robinson) Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than … Continue reading

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Why Geography is Good For You (And Why You Should Take It At School)


Don’t take Geography if you want to know what the capitals of the world’s countries are. Don’t take it if you’re interested in the major imports and exports of Tajikistan. And stay away from Geography if you like knowing the … Continue reading

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Naked Monkey Freaky Smart Stuff: Six of the Best and Most Accessible and Most Interesting Podcasts That Are Better Than Idols


It's been four years since I got turned on to podcasts. I listen to new episodes on my commute to and from work, during my admin periods, while I'm blogging and just about whenever I can stitch a few moments … Continue reading

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‘UnEducation’: A Creative Path to Better Teaching and Learning


Question: What happens when you ‘un’ something? Answer: You turn it into its opposite. You flip it. Believable becomes unbelievable, blocked becomes unblocked and afraid becomes unafraid. Uning doesn’t make a thing disappear, it simply inverts it. It is not … Continue reading

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Traditional Education is Almost as Dangerous as None at All


  You tell me education will solve all the nation's problems in one fell swoop. Get kids learning you say. The rest follows. I tell you: Traditional education is almost as dangerous as none at all. If you really want … Continue reading

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Send Them to Mars! (Why a Good Education Will Get Kids Into Space)


Image: http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/1121/NASA-s-Curiosity-Mars-rover-to-lay-the-foundation-for-search-for-life-Video What does it take to be an astronaut? In addition to being creative, psychologically and emotionally stable, with a strong sense of drive and intrinsic motivation, NASA says that they “cannot stress enough the importance of an applicant's … Continue reading

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What’s Missing In Our Classrooms?


Providing a more relevant education to young people is one of the key issues we face in building a better world. By now, we are all aware that education must go beyond the rote memorization of disconnected facts, and must … Continue reading

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What Teachers Want Students to Learn


A year or two ago, I asked my colleagues this question: ‘What three things do you most want students to learn in your class?’ Below are the summarized results. They make for some very interesting reading, and for me reveal … Continue reading

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40 Reasons Why I Will Never Be a Good Teacher


Here’s why, however hard I try, I will never be the great teacher I want to be…

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Imtropy and Legogogy: Why Introducing Lego Robotics May Be The Biggest Thing I’ve Done as a Teacher


‘Imtropy’: The Primeval Tinkering Instinct There is something about Lego which fascinates us all. I think it calls to some shared primeval tinkering instinct. Leave a pile of Lego near any group of people, and within the hour, someone would … Continue reading

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Make It! (13 iPad Apps for Creative Teachers and Students)


Without really intending to, I’ve written a few posts recommending apps for the iPad and iPhone.   There’s the one where I recommend apps for Geography / Earth Science teachers… And then there’s the one for those interested in chess … Continue reading

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Reboot Diary: 15 Things I Took Away From #30GoalsEdu 2013


Wednesday 10 July 2013: Jazz and Strange Dinner Guests One of the many strange things about being a teacher is that your job and your life eventually become intertwined. You simply cannot leave work at work because there is always … Continue reading

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The Emperor’s New Invisibility Achievement: Using Gamification to Obscure the Big Problems in Education


Why Gamify Classrooms? As I understand it, the ‘gamification‘ of the classroom aims to fuse the following benefits of computer or console gaming into learning: The attainment of levels and associated skills / powers / titles / rewards and the … Continue reading

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Why We Really Need Kids to Greet Visitors from Outer Space


There is actually an office called UNOOSA (The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs). And they do many useful things. But they are also home to the planet’s official alien greeter. Should the long-awaited little green men ever land, … Continue reading

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Even More Thought-Provoking Gems for Teachers


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More Rootin’ Tootin’ Education Inspiration for Teachers


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The Most Inspiring Motivational Posters for Teachers


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48 iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography / Earth Science


Note: This post was published in 2013 and it may be slightly out of date. UPDATE: Here are 20 more! (December 2015) After a year or two of tinkering and experimenting with apps for teaching / learning Geography, I have (finally) … Continue reading

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How Can You Teach If You Don’t Learn? (27 Things Teachers Can Learn About Students by Changing Roles.)


Nothing Like A MOOC. As I write this, I am finishing my first MOOC, titled ‘Think Again: How to Reason and Argue’*. The triumphs and failures I have experienced in this course have taught me a career-refreshing lesson about what … Continue reading

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6 of the Best Podcasts for Teachers, Autodidacts, Critical Thinkers & Other Interesting People


This is my favourite podcast of them all. Episodes are hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich and tackle a range of fascinating topics. Slick, clever and interesting. Get them all! Continue reading

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