So this is the current #DALMOOC structure: a dual xMOOC - cMOOC structure that allows both exploring content in a very student-centered, self-directed and problem-based manner and a teacher-centered that is more focused on instruction and the transfer of knowledge.

So this is the current #DALMOOC structure: a dual xMOOC - cMOOC structure that allows both exploring content in a very student-centered, self-directed and problem-based manner and a teacher-centered that is more focused on instruction and the transfer of knowledge.

Ian Mikardo High School

Please mainstream this London’s East End school principles. Just fantastic and it works. We’re just too afraid to try. And we don’t trust kids. These principles are all about trust. Creating trust, maintaining trust, giving trust. And it’s applied with success among the most troubled and violent youth of the East London. 

  1. There are no rules
  2. No detentions
  3. No punishments
  4. No rewards
  5. No uniform (for staff or students)
  6. No physical restraint
  7. Instead, children are encouraged to empathise
  8. Listen to each other
  9. Be non-judgemental
  10. And respect one another

Other factors that play a role: psychological support, health advice, security, small classrooms.

Read more here: The school with no rules that teaches the unteachable (Guardian)

A summary of the role of creativity in learning, and how to nurture a culture of creativity.

Lots of experiments and cool science videos for kids (and parents). Do try this at home! ExpeRimental: An initiative by the UK Royal Academy of Sciences. More here.

One could argue that a side effect of finding information is learning. So surely this means that the problem is not Wikipedia but that learning needs to evolve and we need to shift from a pedagogy of answers to a pedagogy of questions (and here I wanted to shout out ‘open learning and teaching practices’). In reality Wikipedia is a gift to education as it encourages people to learn how to think.

Engaging and inspiring thoughts about the materials that dominate our world, about technology, art, science, technology, and making as the essence of human and being human. And of course something about what is wrong with our society and how we can do better.

Check out the rest of the great interview here: The Life Scientific with Mark Miodownik. And don’t forget to check out his “Institute of Making" - this is the way forward for education!