Thursday 28 October 2010

ULearn10 keynote

Unusually for the site, this link is pointing to a whole keynote talk at the wonderful uLearn10 conference, just post-earthquake, in NZ's Christchurch - run by CORE and I suppose looking back I had a hand in setting up both CORE and ULearn a decade ago.

Anyway, here's the link

For once, I have listened to this right through (it's a bit odd listening to yourself) because the feedback on Twitter etc during the keynote and after had been rather good, and watching it I'm quite pleased with how it came out - you never really know at the start because the audiences reaction tends to steer and shape to route the talk takes. It's what happens when you don't use slides.

Anyway, if you have an hour to spend (!) - have a listen.

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Public lecture: State Library of Victoria

My favourite institution in what is rapidly becoming my favourite city... I simply adore libraries, as many of you know - some of the introduction to this lecture tells you why.

Anyway, a public lecture to a packed room was a joy and an honour, Tbis is the audio feed from that lovely evening back in 2008

Saturday 1 May 2010

if you like small schools, you'll love this...

...made for Channel 4, with Illumina, back in 2000. Ch4 ran a series of short "The future of..." programmes before the 10.00pm news each night - the future of sport (stop regulating drug taking!) and so on.

My one was the "school of the future". Looking back a decade later, it was pretty much on the money actually. I think I stand by every word!

Here it is in lush QuickTime - It's on YouTube too.

Monday 26 April 2010

I don't like technology (I LOVE it!)

Lovely conversation / interview with the students of the exceptional Robin Hood School - we were all together in Birmingham for the annual (and vast) Education Show.

Covers everything from Naughty Learning to teachers dropping litter!
Thanks for the great questions Robin Hood Radio!

Here is the interview on Robin Hood Radio's site

You can even subscribe to them in iTunes. Great school, smart students.

Thursday 8 April 2010

the one thing I'll take away is...

After a hugely enjoyable conference together in Hobart, Tasmania I asked the teachers policy makers and architects present to stand in a tight line in front of a camera and say the one thing they would take away from our two days together. I'd tried this once before, in melbourne, to great effect, but this was a much larger group and their comments just get better and better:
"I wish I was 60 years younger", "I was going to retire but I'm not now", "I leaned and we learned..."

Fab - let it run - safe in their hands? I think so - no, I know so.

Friday 2 April 2010

Teachers ask how?

Another video contributed by Australia's Greg Whitby, after my recent visit there, as part of a series. Greg writes about these in his BluYonder blog here too. This time Greg notes that: The key message here is to be inquisitive, innovative, and collaborative – there is no roadmap. And that’s part of the professional journey and the reward that comes with teachers taking great control of the learning environment

Anyway, here is the YouTube source:

Tuesday 30 March 2010

Learning spaces - why change?

I really enjoy my time in Australia - you can feel the progress and the commitment.
This is a  video contributed by the wonderful Greg Whitby as part of a series and he writes about them in his BluYonder blog here - and there are on YouTube of course, as well. Greg writes that: In his response to parents, Stephen addresses why we need to move on from traditional ‘cells and bells’ learning spaces.

Anyway, here is the YouTube source:

Friday 26 March 2010

A conversation in Adelaide

This is an audio link. I had a really enjoyable conversation with a local and remote audience the Adelaide offices of "Education Services Australia" - the whole thing was livestreamed as audio via Ustream. It was a good chat with lots of questions about change process, ICT in learning and more. I started it off with a bit of a ramble, then folk chipped in with their questions. In the studio i had some pictures on my screen, but the audio seems fine without needing them.

However, I have pointed this blog entry to Kerry J's blog. Kerry was great fun to work with (and you will have to scroll past some kind words she has about me) but she has given a really useful and detailed breakdown of just how she managed the whole livestreaming process - I found it really informative and I'm sure you will too.

The audio stream is linked from her blog entry which is here.

Friday 12 March 2010

libraries and learning

This helpful little DVD was made a while back, looking at the role of libraries in the new learning spaces of this 3rd millennium. I pop up in places on it with a few (hopefully helpful and now oft repeated) sound bites but there are some really helpful images of library spaces like Les Watson's wonderful Saltire Centre in Glasgow Caledonian University.

It is a direct copy of the DVD, so in a few places it helps to know that.

Anyway, here it is:

Monday 15 February 2010

a place for dreams

The remarkable Glasgow Caledonian University's new Saltire Centre was completed at the end of 2005 - after some heroic efforts by then Pro Vice Chancellor Les Watson. I was asked to comment on video for a broadcast at the time it was officially opened - and so was Gordon Brown, then the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer.

I won't comment on the contrast between why I thought the new building mattered and why Gordon did - I just enjoy the contrast between our comments - hope you do too.

Monday 18 January 2010

Playful Learning

The BETT Show is the biggest ed tech show in the world - officially!

And each year I'm lucky enough to have a feature stand at the heart of the show emphasising the coming trends in ICT and Learning. In the past we've covered Mobile learning, learning Elsewhere and so on. this year - 2010 - we focussed on Playful Learning.

During the show I was interviewed by two articulate and thoughtful students from the Leigh Academy in Kent about the whole stand and the importance of Playfulness...

... here is their interview - it's on YouTube too of course