The Symphonic Magic of the PLN

Some might say that a symphony orchestra represents a type of magic. Here are a group of (very talented) individuals, each expert players of their own particular instrument. When they play alone, they make beautiful music. However when they join together within a concert hall, led by a conductor, what they create is nothing short […]

Reflections on Openness

I have written a number of times about my learning experiences through Open Networked Learning.  ONL is an online course that is run by a consortia of universities mostly based in Sweden and South Africa, which freely offers (mostly) academics the opportunity to learn about openly networked pedagogy, and how it might be effectively embedded into […]

Why education is challenged by Artificial Intelligence

Feature image “Electric Neuron” flickr photo by philosophy_rebel  shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license It’s not what you think. We will not be sending our children to schools staffed completely by robots anytime soon. While AI’s processing capacity may mean that they provide access to unthinkable amounts of data within mere milliseconds, teaching is so […]

Learning Visually with Visme

We are living in a world where communication is increasingly visual. Growing up, with one television in the house, I may have spent about one to two hours in front of a screen, but now we not only have one (or more) televisions, we also have screens on our computers, on our tablet devices and […]

Don’t believe everything you hear…

The horrific events in Manchester that occurred yesterday has brought to mind the importance of critical literacy in an age where news is communicated as it happens via social media outlets such as Twitter. I was at home reading when I noticed that someone had re-tweeted a video, claiming that there had been an ‘incident’ […]

Virtual Reality: Virtually Here?

flickr photo shared by Steve Koukoulas under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-ND ) license Is there any child of the 70’s or 80’s who didn’t spend hours as a child, gazing through their View-Master, clicking around the film cartridges which revealed 3d images of nature, super heroes and classic stories? The View-Master allowed us to […]