Nick's podcast

Occasional commentary on education, technology, culture and stuff.

Education

Language is never neutral

15-10-2017

Language is never neutral

Some thoughts on research findings in education that somehow become universal laws.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 5.48MB - Duration: 3:57 m (192 kbps 44100 Hz)




To continue or ditch my PhD?

28-04-2017

To continue or ditch my PhD?

A reflective on whether or not to continue with my part-time PhD in education.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 9.93MB - Duration: 10:45 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Do teachers suffer cultural isolation?

06-02-2016

Do teachers suffer cultural isolation?

A thought stream on the cultural oppression faced by classroom teachers. #edutalk

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 8.07MB - Duration: 8:39 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




The Scottish Academy: A call for a revolution

21-09-2015

The Scottish Academy: A call for a revolution

An audioBoom recorded as a substitute for my attendance at Teachmeet SLF 2015, which I have had to cancel due to work commitments. It calls for the introduction of Academy Status for Schools in Scotland and sets out some rationale for it.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 12.05MB - Duration: 13:09 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Self-imposed constraints

16-03-2014

Self-imposed constraints

Organisations who are unable to make intelligent choices because of rules and constraints imposed on themselves, in the abstract and with the consequence that the right solution or pathway forward cannot be used.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 6.81MB - Duration: 7:25 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




How can systems learn? Metacognition of organisations

01-03-2014

How can systems learn? Metacognition of organisations

The degree to which organisations and systems, like people, have control of their destiny depends not insignificantly on how well educated they are.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 5.65MB - Duration: 6:08 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




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)




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)




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)




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BannerFrom October 2017, this is the new home for some of my podcasts that I formerly published on AudioBoom. It inlcudes a selection of podcast episodes from 2011 to 2017 and all new episodes.