How to escape education’s death valley

Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley Some time ago I wrote a couple of  posts around Ken Robinson’s approach and perspective on education, training and creativity. Recently, probably due more to my own work with client projects than any measurable trend in the education sector, that thinking has started to ‘devolve’ again toward Read more about How to escape education’s death valley[…]

What Do You Get When You Fall In Love? : Social Media’s Less Lovely Face

Falling in Love is So Easy To Do You probably remember some of the lyrics from that classic song of disillusionment with love and relationships, ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again’. If not, here’s a little reminder: What do you get when you fall in love? A guy with a pin to burst your bubble Read more about What Do You Get When You Fall In Love? : Social Media’s Less Lovely Face[…]

The Science of Boredom

Boredom … don’t we all remember at least one teacher who had mastered the art of Boring Students. This video from neurologist Judy Willis started with her realising that teachers were reporting more and more cases of kids who had ‘learning’ disorders or ATD etc and, when she took a closer look it turned out Read more about The Science of Boredom[…]

Facebook is Dead? Re-examining Social Media Assumptions

Although the jury still seems to be out on whether or not younger generations of Facebook users are abandoning the social media behemoth there are many studies that indicate that this key group of social media participants is swinging toward other services such as SnapChat. See this article here http://www.marketwatch.com/story/one-more-thing-teens-hate-facebook-2013-11-01 The percentage of teenagers using Twitter  overtook Read more about Facebook is Dead? Re-examining Social Media Assumptions[…]

praxMatrix Awarded by Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People

praxMatrix has been recognised as a ‘Gold Friend’ of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People at a ceremony in London earlier in the month presided over by HRH the Earl of Wessex. The Award is given in ‘recognition of outstanding support  to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation’. Other awardees included HSBC, Coutts, Xstrata, Read more about praxMatrix Awarded by Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People[…]

Facebook and the nomadic teenager sector

I’ve been watching my fifteen year old daughter’s social media habits recently and noticed some interesting patterns developing: she uses Facebook very rarely, as opposed to constantly around a eighteen months ago, and only to message her older sisters who live in another country she uses Whats App, Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr a lot for communicating Read more about Facebook and the nomadic teenager sector[…]

Australia’s Digital Future

A new report just published on Australia’s digital future to 2050. A lot of it is ‘predictable’ prediction but there are some points raised that highlight Australia’s future need to shift it’s economic focus from the export of mineral resources to the export of service resources such as education and training and tourism. The full Read more about Australia’s Digital Future[…]

2012 Media and Tech Learning Trends

On January 24-26, 2012,  one hundred  distinguished thought leaders from  all over  the  world  were invited to come together in Austin to mark the tenth anniversary of the NMC Horizon Project with a very special convocation and retreat. During the retreat they identified a number of ‘mega trends’ that will effect learning and the way we work Read more about 2012 Media and Tech Learning Trends[…]

Award Leader Short Video Series: 1

Video 1 in the Award Leader Series that answers many of the questions asked by aspiring Award Leaders of the International Award for Young People. Rob Oliphant, Regional Programme Manager, Asia Pacific, talks about the challenges and rewards of being an Award Leader. Filmed in Bali, Indonesia during the November 2011 Award Leader Training. Filmed Read more about Award Leader Short Video Series: 1[…]

Educating With Online Video: Salman Khan

Salman Khan, the founder of the incredibly successful Khan Academy of short, low-production value/low-cost, highly effective educational videos talks about educating online and the use of engaging video produced with passion. From the TED website: Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos Read more about Educating With Online Video: Salman Khan[…]