Tag Archives: Innovation

How Innovative is My School? (Updated)


How Innovative is My School?   Update: This questionnaire is now less than 30 actual questions in place of over 70.   This should provoke some interesting debates! Give it a try and let me know what you think. It … Continue reading

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Top Schools: The Most Innovative High Schools in South Africa (2017)


This is a list of the most innovative, child-centered, forward-looking high schools in the country. Continue reading

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How to Build a Teacher in 10 Steps


Introduction: On Touchstones and Magic Right now there is an aspiring teacher who is working on a 60-page paper based on some age-old education theory developed by some dead education professor wondering to herself what this task that she’s engaging … Continue reading

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How to Sell Education Technology to Even the Most Technophobic Teachers


  Dear Technology Integrator: Most modern teachers already use digital technology – yes, even the most technophobic ones: They email They surf the web for resources They use text messenging They create worksheets on a word processor They create spreadsheets … Continue reading

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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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‘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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The Education Revolution vs The Scourge of Standardized Assessment: What Really Matters


Teachers: Let’s be brutally honest shall we: exam results are all that matters in education. Bottom line. Don’t misunderstand: What students can regurgitate and explain and do in a stress-fueled few hours should not be the ultimate end of their … Continue reading

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ClassCraft FTW! (Why ClassCraft is the Best Thing to Happen to Education Since the iPad)


ClassCraft is simply awesome! I’ve been using it now for a few months and I have been amazed at how it increases engagement in my class. Developed by high school Physics teacher Shawn Young, and successfully crowd-funded, ClassCraft is revolutionizing … Continue reading

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Woot! Let’s Play! (Leveling-Up Education Though Gamification)


Let’s play a game… (Note: Please see my next post on ClassCraft for the best tool there is to gamify your classroom!) Here is your character:

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The Future of Technology in Education (Part 1: How The K-12 Horizon Report 2014 Gets it Right)


The Future of Technology in Education (Part 1: How The K-12 Horizon Report 2014 Gets it Right.) The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 K-12 Edition (HR14) is an annual summary of key technologies which are having , or are likely to … Continue reading

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My New Top 20 Favorite Teacher Hacks, Tips & Ideas


What follows are a few hacks, tips and ideas I picked up over two days at the Google Apps for Education Summit in Johannesburg (2014). For most of them, I feel foolish for not knowing they existed – or for … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Google: What About Africa?


Dear Google You have broken so many rules. You do things so differently. You are the first and last word in innovation. You are slowly making the world a better place. Well, most of the world anyway. You see, it … Continue reading

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Why I Hate The Education System: A Student Speaks Out


Do the top achieving students hate the education system? It seems unlikely – paradoxical almost. But I am convinced that most of them do. And you would think that they wouldn't. You would think it would be those who struggle … 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 is Intelligence? (Towards An Integrated Conception of Braininess)


Introduction: On Love and Light-Sabres What is Intelligence? It seems like an easy question. But it really isn’t. I’ve been thinking about intelligence for years, and I have yet to find a definition I entirely agree with. Of course, there … Continue reading

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A Very Academic Problem


The Teachers vs The Greeks Teachers: Please stop using the word ‘academic’. You don’t know what it means. When you say things like “this is an academic school”, or “we need to lift our academic standards”, or even “I am … Continue reading

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Teachers Are Not Doctors, We’re Builders


I confess to a blunder: I have often put forward that teachers should be regarded in the same light as medical professionals. I have argued that we are as important to society, and that we consequently need to ensure that … Continue reading

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Seriously Unhelpful High School Teacher


This post is slightly acerbic. I apologise. Sometimes I use this blog to vent. It helps. All of the following use the ‘Unhelpful High School Teacher’ meme.

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Why I Teach (Part 1)


I teach to see the lights go on behind young people’s eyes when they discover something new about the world.

I teach to awaken them to what they can really do if they try.

I teach to show them that there isn’t always an easy solution, and that appreciating ambiguity and uncertainty is often worth more than easy answers… 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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