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George Hobson
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Learner, teacher, husband, father, grandfather.
Learner, teacher, husband, father, grandfather.

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What you measure - distorts and affects
With the concern over Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook to profile and influence voters in many counties, closer scrutiny is being rightfully given to all aspects of data measurement and the effect this can have, both intended and unintended, internet o...
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New school year starting - a message for teachers....
The vacations are almost over and the new school year is starting - at least in Northern Hemisphere calendar schools. Those outside of education have little understanding of what teachers have to do to prepare for a new school year. It requires great effort...
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Webo-plasmosis - can you smell the cat's urine?
Thank you Michael Caulfield for another post in the Traces series . The idea that the way we manage our social-media life is pliable and actually mold-able by the medium itself is compelling. Using a cat toxoplasma example, he warns that, just like the mice...
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Open laptops in lecture halls - a distraction? Of course...
Another piece of research has come out, confirming the obvious. Open laptops in lecture halls are a distraction - multiple choice tests of those with and those without laptops demonstrate those without do better. This is not an argument to stop the research...
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No grades on reports - a difficult transition?
Having no grades on student reports is an initiative that many schools are contemplating or are actually in the process of doing, but it is not without difficulty-  and carrying your community with you depends on good communication and explanation. This vid...
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Productive Failure and Inspiring Learning - providing affordances
Is there evidence that "instruction" is not the best way of having learning occur? The traditional teach and test method seems rational, but is it how we learn? Does acquiring learning in this way inhibit a richer learning? A post in Quartz pointed me to a ...
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"Learning" vs "Instruction"
I am concerned about using the word "instruction" to describe the setting for teaching and learning. It seems so one directional. If you are to "instruct" you must carefully define what it is you are going to instruct and pass the instruction on in some way...
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Learning Styles - a debunked but pervasive myth
Cathy Moore 's "How to respond to Learning Style believers" is a useful summary of the main arguments surrounding the Learning Styles myth. She links to Tesia Marshik's TEDx talk , which I prefer (PREFER) as a first source of information about this. Marshik...
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Subjectives instead of Objectives - my notes from Week 1 Rhizo15
Week 1 (Starting Wednesday 15th of April 2015. Video from Dave Cormier ("facilitator" for Rhizo15) Talking about Learning  Subjectives  as opposed to Learning  Objectives , world is an uncertain place, right answers only occur in story books, so how to prov...
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Leadership - Federman's definition of Contemporary Leadership
Sometimes you come across an article or post which resonates deeply. Thank you Mark Federman for waking me up from a blogging slumber and addressing the important yet sometimes ephemeral aspects of leadership. Things have changed. Attitudes towards hierarch...
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