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Changing Paradigms

March 4th, 2014 by Graham Attwell

I can’t think how we missed this video before. Anyway many thanks to Owen for suggesting it. This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. You can watch the lecture in full here.

Coding is for everyone

January 14th, 2014 by Graham Attwell

Part of our current work is about developing ideas for teaching kids to code. And the idea seems to be catching on. “Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab — it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them.”

Where are we from?

December 18th, 2013 by Graham Attwell

Creithiau English from Like an Egg Productions on Vimeo.

When I go to international meetings I always get asked where Pontydysgu is from. the answer, of course, is Pontypridd, but that does not always get us much further. 14 kilometres north of Cardiff, in Wales, I say, but once more sadly that often draws blank faces. Today I stumbled over this video by our old friends Like An Egg Productions. The explain: “Local resident and poet Nicholas McGaughey penned a beautiful poem in Welsh about the Rhondda, citing distinctive oddities that only the native population would relate too. It’s poignant message describes what has been lost, but also the vibrant culture and colourful characters that still remain.”

Collaborative, world wide and the best tools

December 18th, 2013 by Graham Attwell

A couple of years everyone was predicting that virtual reality would be the next big thing in educational technology. Of course it didn’t happen and everyone moved on to the next big thing. But in the meantime the technology has developed. More importantly, teachers and students have themselves worked out how to use the technology for teaching and learning. This video shows how augmented reality app  Aurasma is being used in a primary school in the UK. Incidentally., after watching this, I think we should leave explaining technology to children. They do it so much better!

Virtually Real

November 15th, 2013 by Jenny Hughes

As a take on e-learning this just made me laugh so I thought I’d share it

Behind the Scenes – Making a Common Craft Type Video

November 10th, 2013 by Graham Attwell

Ever wondered how Common Craft make their stop motion videos. This fine presentation by a group 10 year olds filming their common craft style video How to be Responsible shows you how to do it. Posted by teacher Tim Macmillan

Hitch

November 4th, 2013 by Graham Attwell


I was browsing on the wonderfully creative DS106 website. And I came upon this video, made as a graduation project at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover.  They say “It’s about The Ultimate Hitch Cookbook«, an animated book containing the recipes for Alfred Hitchcock’s classics. It’s made for Hitchcock enthusiasts and every other couch potato out there.”

being an audio fan myself, I especially like the voice over on the video.

A tribute to Coders

September 22nd, 2013 by Graham Attwell


You might not have known it but Friday 13th Septemeber was Programmers Day. I don’t code but am in awe of those who do. And so in a belated tribute to programmers everywhere I am linking to this video. Via coder, Rolandas Zikis Ziukevičius.

August 14th, 2013 by Graham Attwell

The ever resourceful Leon Cynch has announced that L4LTV will be  launching at end of Sept 2013. he says it will be an online niche TV Channel broadcasting fortnightly for six months in the first instance. There are plans to fund the channel through KickStarter campaign coming soon!

Presence and Engagement

April 3rd, 2013 by Graham Attwell


Great video, found thanks to Mr T. The video looks at the role of the teacher in creating and sustaining a learning community, developing presence and fostering engahement.

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    Zero Hours Contracts

    Figures from the UK Higher Education Statistics Agency show that in total almost 11,500 people – both academics and support staff – working in universities on a standard basis were on a zero-hours contract in 2017-18, out of a total staff head count of about 430,000, reports the Times Higher Education.  Zero-hours contract means the employer is not obliged to provide any minimum working hours

    Separate figures that only look at the number of people who are employed on “atypical” academic contracts (such as people working on projects) show that 23 per cent of them, or just over 16,000, had a zero-hours contract.


    Resistance decreases over time

    Interesting research on student centered learning and student buy in, as picked up by an article in Inside Higher Ed. A new study published in PLOS ONE, called “Knowing Is Half the Battle: Assessments of Both Student Perception and Performance Are Necessary to Successfully Evaluate Curricular Transformation finds that student resistance to curriculum innovation decreases over time as it becomes the institutional norm, and that students increasingly link active learning to their learning gains over time


    Postgrad pressure

    Research published this year by Vitae and the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and reported by the Guardian highlights the pressure on post graduate students.

    “They might suffer anxiety about whether they deserve their place at university,” says Sally Wilson, who led IES’s contribution to the research. “Postgraduates can feel as though they are in a vacuum. They don’t know how to structure their time. Many felt they didn’t get support from their supervisor.”

    Taught students tend to fare better than researchers – they enjoy more structure and contact, says Sian Duffin, student support manager at Arden University. But she believes anxiety is on the rise. “The pressure to gain distinction grades is immense,” she says. “Fear of failure can lead to perfectionism, anxiety and depression.”


    Teenagers online in the USA

    According to Pew Internet 95% of teenagers in the USA now report they have a smartphone or access to one. These mobile connections are in turn fueling more-persistent online activities: 45% of teens now say they are online on a near-constant basis.

    Roughly half (51%) of 13 to 17 year olds say they use Facebook, notably lower than the shares who use YouTube, Instagram or Snapchat.

    The survey also finds there is no clear consensus among teens about the effect that social media has on the lives of young people today. Minorities of teens describe that effect as mostly positive (31%) or mostly negative (24%), but the largest share (45%) says that effect has been neither positive nor negative.


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