Heads warn over pupils’ untreated mental health issues | BBC News


Children’s untreated mental health issues could spiral into psychiatric problems later in life unless more is done in schools, say head teachers. The National Association of Head Teachers says with a fifth of children having a mental health problem before age 11, it is a key concern. A snapshot survey of 1,455 English heads suggests […]

https://learningrenaissance.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/heads-warn-over-pupils-untreated-mental-health-issues-bbc-news/

Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom | Edutopia


Apps can help diverse learners by gamifying their tasks, coaching them on social cues, prioritizing their time, strengthening their math skills, and sharpening their language abilities, and are a terrific and effective way to encourage continued exploration and engagement over evenings, weekends, or summer break. There are tons of apps to explore, but here are a […]

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How do I increase my child’s intelligence? | BBC iWonder


During the first five years of a child’s life 90% of their brain development takes place. Up to 51% of a child’s development is thought to be defined by environmental factors. Explore this feature on the BBC website: How do I increase my child’s intelligence? | BBC iWonder

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The One and Only Learning Theory That Counts Is… Part 4 | Ac-Ed


Originally posted on ace-d:Part 4.  The impact of the no one learning environment cont. A blame culture, the ultimate outcome of the “one way”. Earlier I explored the impact of the one way not working. I described how in my experience it leads to the tightening of monitoring and checking systems,  inflexible frameworks and…

https://learningrenaissance.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/part-4-the-one-and-only-learning-theory-that-counts-is/

The One and Only Learning Theory That Counts Is… Part 2 | Ac-Ed


Originally posted on ace-d:? As a result of our desire in education to find the magic bullet, the one way to teach and ideal way to learn that will make our education systems the best I would argue we are neglecting the learner. We are requiring compliance rather than seeking engagement. I would go…

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Educational Theories Explored – An Index of the Most Influential Theories Informing Learning Design


Without a coherent and consistent theory to underpin learning, you risk each lesson or learning episode becoming a stand alone and random opportunity. Our friends at Educational Technology and Mobile Learning have referred us to the excellent work of Instructional Design who have published a list of fifty of the most influential educational theories which inform the design of learning. […]

https://learningrenaissance.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/educational-theories-explored-an-index-of-the-most-influential-theories-informing-learning-design/

The Relationship Between Mindset and Outcomes in Learning, from Carol Dweck


In Two Minds The psychology of learning is greatly underestimated in the classroom to our peril. Perhaps it is the headlong rush to master content that limits time for planning and reviewing of learning and the lessons learned from the approaches applied. In some respects this is about the need to externalise and divorce the […]

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Education as a commodity rather than a public good


One of the most regressive elements in education presently is the idea that learning is just another commodity. Once this is accepted it can be reduced by a managerial outlook into a series of production elements. There is a regressive element in education which adopts such a view. It can be identified when you see […]

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Developing world-beating maths teachers ‘to take a decade’ | BBC News


It will take a decade to bring maths teaching in England up to world-beating standards, say subject experts. A report from the Advisory Council on Mathematics Education (ACME) suggests teachers responsible for maths in both primary and secondary schools need better qualifications and training. Without more good teachers efforts to improve skills were “built on sand”, […]

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Online schools ‘worse than traditional teachers’ | BBC News


A major report, based on research in 17 US states with online charter schools, has found “significantly weaker academic performance” in maths and reading in these virtual schools compared with the conventional school system. The National Study of Online Charter Schools, the first major study of this growing sector, has taken a wrecking ball to the […]

https://learningrenaissance.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/online-schools-worse-than-traditional-teachers-bbc-news/

Apprenticeships expansion ‘devaluing brand’ | BBC News


The push to create apprenticeships fast has devalued their brand, with low level skills such as coffee-making being accredited, Ofsted has said. Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says some learners are not even aware they are on apprenticeship schemes. Apprenticeships, which ministers in England say are key to tackling unemployment, are sometimes covering workers’ pre-existing […]

https://learningrenaissance.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/apprenticeships-expansion-devaluing-brand-bbc-news/

The Abiding Principles of Ethical Leadership in Education


Given that a fair proportion of this blog concerns itself with principles of change, The Edvocate website rightly reminds us of some unchanging principles of leadership in education: The Eight Principles of Ethical Leadership in Education | The Edvocate

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University rankings: UK ‘a stand-out performer’ | BBC News


The UK has 34 universities in the Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s top 200 institutions, with Oxford climbing to second best globally. Oxford climbs to second place, while Cambridge and Imperial College London also make the top 10 in fourth and eighth places respectively. See the full Top 20 list on the BBC […]

https://learningrenaissance.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/university-rankings-uk-a-stand-out-performer-bbc-news/

Degree apprenticeships for the digital & technology space – benefits all round…


And as part of our ‘Foundation: where are they now?’ series, IBM Foundation wants to tell you all about the new Degree Apprenticeship programme.  We’re really excited about this, and we think you will be too – check it out ….. The end of traditional schooling is often a confusing time for students, but that […]

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Digital Citizenship – Some Key Dimensions


Mike Patterson outlines some key dimensions in Digital Citizenship and how we need to interact with the internet for learning, livelihood and engagement… read the full post here: Embracing the 9 Themes of Digital Citizenship | EdTech Magazine

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The Use of Games as a Learning Strategy in the Classroom


This article from David Wortley neatly outlines the process and advantages of using games as part of the class learning strategy…

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