Nick's podcast

Occasional commentary on education, technology, culture and stuff.

The Wind of Opportunity Blows

09-02-2014

The Wind of Opportunity Blows

Change is coming to Scotland's education system, not only in the new curriculum but also in the context in which we as a nation are developing our identity and place in the world. #edutalk

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 15.34MB - Duration: 16:35 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Mandela and another African Democracy

07-12-2013

Mandela and another African Democracy

Some thoughts following the death of Nelson Mandela, considering the consequences of exporting our democratic ideals into cultures we neither know nor understand.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 12.62MB - Duration: 12:02 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




What will schools be like in 2023?

23-11-2013

What will schools be like in 2023?

A response to the outcomes of the SELMAS conference this week, identifying the things that were not said and calling for a more radical approach to reform than the current conservative mindset. #glow #edutalk #selm4s13

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 9.54MB - Duration: 12:08 m (99 kbps 44100 Hz)




The Heat Death of the Universe

02-09-2013

The Heat Death of the Universe

This is a recording of a public talk I gave this afternoon at the Embassy Gallery in Minto house, Edinburgh, as part of an installation by the artist Joseph Buckley

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 17.85MB - Duration: 18:18 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




How do good students cope with bad teaching?

12-05-2013

Prompted by a conversation with a former pupil, this boo considers what can be done to promote an ethos of ownership of learning? Some students just sort it out for themselves. What about the rest? #edutalk

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 7.37MB - Duration: 8:04 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




There's nothing that can't be challenged by ignorance

19-04-2013

There's nothing that can't be challenged by ignorance

How do teachers tackle a student's claim of, "I can't do this"? Often what is presented is not the problem but with skill and patience, the skilled teacher can overcome this obstacle to learning. #edutalk

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 9.2MB - Duration: 9:47 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Measurable impact

09-03-2013

Measurable impact

Is the impact of a teacher merely that which can be measured, or is it something far more valuable? Can the true impact of a teacher truly be measured in any meaningful way? #edutalk #sltchat #performance #impact

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 5.14MB - Duration: 7:21 m (97 kbps 44100 Hz)




The essence of CfEness

25-01-2013

The essence of CfEness

What makes a CfE teacher? Is it the content or the principles upon which you approach the planning and delivery of the curriculum? #edutalk #cfe

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 2.95MB - Duration: 4:27 m (90 kbps 44100 Hz)




The child at the centre of planning

20-01-2013

The child at the centre of planning

A reflection on a parallel between good business and good teaching: customer-centred service and pupil-centred planning. #edutalk

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 5.42MB - Duration: 8:23 m (89 kbps 44100 Hz)




Opportunity

23-12-2012

Opportunity

Opportunity is an essential component of events. What opportunities are we going to grasp in 2013? #edutalk

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 2.91MB - Duration: 4:53 m (80 kbps 44100 Hz)




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