Over the summer I’ve been working on a project the Open Resource Bank for Interactive Teaching (ORBIT) – an OER wiki hosting Teacher Education resources for Professional Development on interactive pedagogy, particularly using ICT. It’s still a work in progress prior to the project end in September, and to an extent it’ll still be in progress after that (although, to an extent we very much want it to be – it is a wiki after all!), but do give it a look. The site also hosts a few other teacher education Wikis (OER4School more >
The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology recently released a fantastic report – “Innovating Pedagogy 2012” (pdf) (Creative Commons licenced too). The report offers 10 innovations with the potential to change education in the short to medium term. It starts with a two page executive summary – so if you don’t read anything else, take a look at that!
Recently I’ve been thinking about the increasing push for children to learn to code. One thing I’ve been particularly interested in is the reason we’ve suddenly become so interested in coding. The benefits outlined in CAS’ ‘Computer Science: A curriculum for schools’ (.pdf) relate to:
Badges mean lots of things to lots of people but Tim Riches, the man behind DigitalMe, sums up their meaning:
“They have the power to motivate learners to produce work they are proud of and provide meaningful recognition for their achievements”.
I met Tim at the recent Whole Education conference in Leeds and he filled me in on his journey so far.
Co-founder of the successful Radiowaves project, he is committed to supporting learners to make the transition “from content consumers to creators”. One of the first sets of Mozilla Open Badges is being developed out of the successful DigitalMe project “SupportertoReporter” (S2R), a sports website created by young people. more >