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Screenshot from Myst Using real games June 6, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Practice, Uncategorized

There is a lot of talk about gamification in education and to a lesser extent using real games to enhance learning in schools. By real games I mean ones which have been developed for the leisure market, their primary focus being on entertainment rather than learning. Findings from the NP3 research suggested that the use of real games (more…)

Practitioner research cycle From reflection to practitioner research – the best form of CPD May 22, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation

Reflective practice is widely recognised as an important element of professional development - Habib (2017) for example, claims that the most important quality of a good teacher is their ability to reflect upon their practice and adapt it as a result. However, reflective practice misses out some other key characteristics of effective CPD. (more…)

Fiona Aubrey-Smith The DfE EdTech Strategy doesn’t ‘realise’ anything – But Teachers do May 16, 2019 by Fiona Aubrey-Smith Posted in: Explanation, Opinion, Policy, Practice

On 3 April 2019, the Department for Education published a document called ‘Realising the potential of technology in education’. Now I don’t want to get hung up on the name of the document, but having read it, I ought to draw your attention to something fairly basic here. The word ‘realise’, according to most dictionaries, can be used to mean ‘become fully aware of something’ or ‘cause something to happen’. This DfE strategy document doesn’t ‘realise’ anything. (more…)

Characteristics of effective PD Characteristics of effective CPD May 14, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation, Practice

Effective professional development (PD) - professional learning if you prefer - is critical to maintaining and enhancing practice (and thus learning) in schools. However, the most common forms of PD for teachers tend not to be effective - in the sense of leading to positive changes in practice which lead to improvements in young people's learning. This begs the question - what does effective PD look like? (more…)

PoL in Early Years Pilot Report PoLEY Pilot Report May 13, 2019 by PeterT Posted in: Explanation, Practice

Whilst PoL in theory is a powerful tool to support professional learning and collect data about practice (e.g. assessment) we needed evidence about its efficacy in practice. This post provides an overview of the PoL in Early Years Pilot, explores its impact and draws out lessons for PoL's implementation in other settings. (more…)