Goodbye CV?

  To what extent does a CV reflect someone’s appropriateness for a job? How much does it cost recruiters to read and select candidates from piles of CVs? How much effort and cost goes into developing the optimal resume? This year in China, 33,000 graduates applied for 70 places on the French cosmetics company L’Oreal’s…

What is Ubiquitous Learning?

There is a lot of talk at the moment about Ubiquitous Learning. But what exactly is it, should we care, and how should it be implemented? This article by Edutech Associates member Nick Fekos explores these questions. Ubiquitous computing is a model of human computer interaction in which computer processing has been integrated fully into daily…

E-Learning Expo, Athens, Greece

It was a great pleasure to deliver a keynote and participate in E-Learning Expo in Athens. Media coverage of social unrest in Greece paints a completely one-sided picture. Whilst clearly there is a crisis in Greece, there is also a very strong drive towards progress evidenced by hundreds of teachers and decision makers giving up their Saturday and Sunday…

CRADLE Conference, Singapore

On August 1st I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to deliver the Keynote at the CRADLE conference in Singapore. The presentation contained a mix of material contained in “Schooling at the Speed of Thought” and some of the articles in this blog, especially the Transformation Phase article. Here’s the key points: ABSTRACT Introduction Singapore was one of…

The “Strategic” Phase

This is the third in a series of articles that aim to help schooling systems develop their technology, the first being “Taking the First Steps“ and the second, Taking the Next Steps – The ‘Enhanced’ Phase. There are four distinct phases through which technology in schooling evolves. The first phase is characterized by access. In…

Taking the Next Steps – the “Enhanced” Phase

This is the second in a series of articles that aim to help schooling systems develop their technology, the first being “Taking the First Steps“. There are four distinct phases through which technology in schooling evolves. The first phase is characterized by access. In this phase, giving students and teachers access to computers to improve…

Brazil – Moving Towards World Class Education

  I had never considered air conditioning such an important classroom technology until I visited Escola Municipal Engenheiro Gastão Rangel in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. The sweltering heat, sparseness of the facilities, 30 teachers between 1000 students and overcrowded classrooms make this a brutal and challenging environment to teach and learn in. Within…

The 3 Dimensions of Learning Software 2.0

When the telescope was first invented it first gave us a better view of the universe, then it gave rise to a complete new science and completely changed the way we think. The same will probably be said of software for learning. Like the telescope, the first generation of learning software was about representing the…

Mathematics and Interactive Classroom tools – new free downloads

Last month Microsoft released two new downloads that provide great functionality to Microsoft Office. Maths add-in for Microsoft Office Maths is usually the second most important subject in schools after native language. This free add-on to Word and OneNote enables a range of maths functions including 3d graphing calculations.Available from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=CA620C50-1A56-49D2-90BD-B2E505B3BF09 Microsoft Interactive Classroom With…