Four ways to learn poorly from a mentor

Securing a mentor in your profession will provide you with a new way to explore experiences and situations in your job. It is this access to the problem-solving thought processes of an expert that will offer you an advantage in your learning experiences. Put simply, you NEED a mentor to learn deeply. If you don’t […]

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Positive learning habits with the Hook

Use habit forming techniques to push through your motivation dip and maintain consistent learning and practice. The Hook is a simple repetitive process designed to have an someone form a long-lasting habit. Currently used in marketing, as well as by casinos and video game designers, it aims to form addicted customers by encouraging involuntary consumer behaviours. Morally […]

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Digital prosumers

Prosumers take in multiple sources of information, analyse it and then produce a new body of work. They act simultaneously as producer and consumer of information. Digital natives today are prosumers; absorbing information in different media forms and meshing it together to create something new. What does this mean for educators? Research and analysis skills […]

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Teaching in a knowledge rich society

When teachers no longer are required to impart knowledge in society what role to they play? The teacher is first of all an expert learner and a professional. Someone that can structure learning, and the skills required for a field of expertise, in a way that can maximise group learning. The focus on knowledge transmission […]

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80-20 principle in training

The 80/20 principle explains that in our professional lives we spend 80% of our time carrying out 20% of our total set of responsibilities. So why not use this to design more cost-effective training strategies!? Provide novices with experiences and challenges based around mastering core responsibilities, while supplementing the training process with observation and directive […]

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Student as professional

Your interactions with your students help them determine if they want to pursue your subject beyond school. But they rarely understand what awaits them or is expected of them in college or the real-world. So how do you help them make an educated decision to pursue a a particular direction of study? Have them become […]

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Guiding student development online

There is a generational gap in understanding how online environments relate to our world, our education and our development. Digital visitors, those that have come to use technology later in life, predominantly view the virtual world as a medium to communicate and as a tool to achieve a particular goal/outcome.

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Integrating technology into education

When I started teaching fifteen years ago, IT in the classroom was being promoted as education’s saviour. Smart boards were replacing blackboards and whiteboards, Powerpoints with multimedia were adding some much-needed flash to the classroom and notes could be handed out to students, rather than having them transcribe from the board. So, IT was changing […]

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