The Joy of Books

Question – “what has 32,000 big smiles and makes as much noise as an aeroplane taking off” Answer – “primary school children at the book fair in Osasco, Sao Paulo, Brazil” Thanks to my friends at Planeta Educacao, I was thrilled to be part of the launch of O Ensino à Velocidade do Pensamento – the… Read More

III Forum Microsoft Educacion, Madrid, May 17th

Thanks to all those who came to my workshop and keynote speech at the III Forum Microsoft Educacion, Madrid (#IIIForumEdu). This was a really well organised and well attended event – and thanks to my Microsoft colleagues, especially Juan Ramon Alegret Crespi; Maria Zamorano Alberruche; Irene Ocaña del Rey; Lola Chacon Gutierrez; and Fernando Bocigas… Read More

Invitation – Schooling Solutions Community

Thanks to the 80 people from 25 countries that took time out from the BETT Show to spend a morning with us at the Schooling Solutions Workshop. As Roberta Bento from Planeta Educação said – “its amazing how so many of our problems and opportunties are the same”. Key themes that emerged from the workshop… Read More

Schooling Solutions Workshop, London, January 12, 2012

If you are in London on the 12th January for BETT, come and join us at our  Schooling Solutions Workshop. Key questions that the workshop will address include: How can standards be raised whilst reducing costs? How can you take advantage of trends such as personalization, BYOD, Cloud and virtualization? What approaches can you take… Read More

Austria – e-Learning and Innovation Conferences

Thanks to my colleagues in Austria for inviting me to give the keynotes at the “Elearning Conference” in Eisenstadt and the “Microsoft Innovation & Education Conference 2011” in Vienna. In all, around 350 senior Ministry of Education, Local Authority and teachers attended these events to learn about effectiveness, collaborative learning and the “new world of work”. My… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Learning Analytics Materials – WPC 2011

Here’s some useful materials relating to the Learning Analytics roundtable discussion that Chris Poole from ‘lookred’ and I ran at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Confernece in Los Angeles, 15th July 2011 – http://bit.ly/oLOGz1 Schooling at the Speed of Thought Chapter 6 MANAGING INFORMATION.pdf – covers all aspects of information and data managment in a schooling system EAP.pdf  – Education… Read More

Schooling at the Speed of Thought – Interdidatica 2011

Here’s the keynote that I delivered at the Interdidatica event in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 10th May. Slides, in Portuguese, are here: Schooling at the Speed of Thought, Interdidatica, Portuguese online For the English version see the Chinese Ministry of Education event article below. The speech summarised Schooling at the Speed of Thought. A great video showing… Read More

China Ministry of Education and Microsoft Conference on ICT

It was a real pleasure to deliver a keynote at the “International Symposium on Chinese Innovative Educational Informationlization” in Beijing on the 6th May. The conference, the first of its kind in China, was a collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Microsoft. In total, 250 leaders from states, universities and other eduation institutions attended the two day event. The speech summarised much of… Read More