How to use Visible Thinking Routines in your classroom

Of all the skills that we want students to gain from their educational journey, the ability to think for themselves is possibly the most important. Thinking, in its truest sense – of questioning, challenging, exploring, solving – is an indispensable life skill to take forward, for both their professional and personal futures. ‘Visible Thinking’ brings together a series of techniques …

What are the seven styles of learning?

If you sat down to eat the same meal every night of the week, you’d soon lose your appetite. Learning is just the same. If every lesson and assignment was carried out in exactly the same way, students would soon lose their appetite to learn. (And teachers would probably lose their appetite to teach, too!) Variety, change, new combinations – …

Inquiry based learning versus project based learning: what’s the difference?

Learning through discovery has always been fundamental to education. The best answers are, of course, those that students uncover for themselves, rather than those they memorise from others. These days, certain labels are often applied to this kind of learning, including ‘Inquiry Based’ and ‘Project Based’. While these are relatively recent, the underlying principles are much older. Indeed some in …

What is collaborative learning?

Do you ever compare your grown-up working life to your school days? If you do, you might be struck by how important teamwork is in most workplaces, compared to the ‘learn (and be tested) as an individual’ style of your student days. Over recent years, that disconnect has been diminishing. Increasingly, education is now built around the same principles of …

Five ways to encourage student participation in the classroom

It’s a challenge that’s probably been around as long as education itself: despite your efforts, students sometimes seem unmotivated and disengaged. For this, different eras have deployed different tactics. Thankfully the days when discipline was the only answer are now behind us: 21st century education is all about positive and empowering solutions. Of course, there are plenty of tips to …

How do 21st century skills impact your instructional design?

The modern digital, knowledge-based world in which we now exist is changing everything: from the highest level of business and commerce, to the tiniest details of everyday life. Education is part of this too. Indeed, it’s possibly one aspect of society where this is most keenly felt, and where the skills that people have now, and will need in the …

Course Management System or Learning Management System: which do you need?

They sound pretty similar – indeed, you might be forgiven or thinking they’re two terms for the same thing. But in fact Course Management Systems and Learning Management Systems are different things – and knowing how they’re different is important. After all, you don’t want to start implementing one when actually needing the other. So below is a simple explanation …

How to apply blended learning in the classroom?

Blended learning is – by definition – about the mix of digital and physical classroom. But sometimes it can be tempting to focus a little too much on the digital aspect. After all, that’s where all the innovation is, with the constant creation of new technologies and techniques exciting and inspiring students and teachers alike. But ultimately a good blended …

What is blended learning?

Over the past decade or so, ‘blended learning’ has become a common term in the educational field. It covers any kind of curriculum where at least part of a student’s learning is done by them interacting with content and instructions on digital and online media. In most developed countries, it’s now a fundamental part of education. The main advantages? Firstly, …

What is a social learning space?

Social learning isn’t conventional learning. In social learning, there’s no teaching, no tests. Instead, there’s discussion, support, exploration… If conventional learning is all about a classroom – whether that’s a traditional or digital one – then social learning is all about a community. In social learning spaces, students can come together to voluntarily exchange ideas, ask questions, provide answers and …