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Episode 145: ABSOLUTELY FAB LAB!

 logoIt is a real thrill for Steve to be joined tonight by Manjit Shellis, Director of learning for the UFA (University of the First Age).  The UFA is national education charity that does some brilliant work with young people across England and Northern Ireland.  Not so long ago Manjit took part in a rich podcast hosted by Anne Glennie.

Tonight we talk about some current educations stories that have caught our eye, then move onto the National Citizen Service (NCS) work that the UFA is helping to deliver.  A fascinating insight into a potentially significant project for young people.

Philosophy at the heart of schooling?  “Taunton’s policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success” by  Richard Garner, The Independent

Containing the Fab lab story -“How 3D printing is changing the shape of lessons” By Merlin John, BBC

“How are humans going to become extinct?” By  Sean Coughlan BBC NEWs Education correspondent

Trojan Horses in Birmingham and the complexities of religous freedoms and governance? Link to story coverage in BBC website here and here

The NCS website

UFA website

Episode 144: Matthew’s Missing Pun

thInsidelearning returns after the Easter break.  Matthew is obviously ring rusty as he stumbles over a golden punning opportunity.  Meanwhile we discuss the recent education news.  Overshadowed by the tragedy of the murder of teacher Ann Maguire in a Leeds school.

We discuss the the rise in mobile platforms and Google’s entry into the education app market, with their promise not to read user e-mails and target advertising at them. HERE

On the back of a report by David Blunkett, the Labour party pull together some plans for school reform.  This includes the establishment of local Directors of School Standards.  HERE

Blue Engine – an social enterprise innovation supporting disadvantaged young people into, and through college HERE  & HERE  & HERE  A story that provided us both with an opportunity to stumble over the word philanthropy.

Matthew finishes with a rant about the banality of the “My Best Teacher’ column in the TESS, not really the most earth-shaking story but always good to start a new season with some ranting.

Episode 143: Learning in a Flatland

th“Dear Mr Gove” by Jess Green – you must watch this!

A relaxed chat through our education week and news we picked up on.  Some important stories that lead us in unexpected directions, while no eye is kept on the clock at all.  Hey ho, when you have stuff to think about…..

News links:  Richard Adams, Education Editor, Guardian “Head of OFSTED calls for Early Years Shakeup” links here and here 

Bill draws the lessons out of “A Search for Scotland” by R. F. Mackenzie

“If the cuts keep coming …” .This TESS story gets us talking

Some holiday reading we thought about:

“The Living Mountain” by Nan Shepherd

“Annurpa”, Maurice Herzog

“Clouds Both Sides”, Julie Tullis

“Let My People Go Surfing” Yvon Chuinard

‘Great by Choice’: Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen on Excelling in Uncertain Times, Part One

Episode 142: You Can Call Me Hal

220px-HAL9000.svgMatthew and Steve chat about some of the latest news in education, beginning with a musing on how e-mails have changed our working lives – not necessarily for the better. (Hello Hal? Do you read me HAL?)

The possibilities of on-line technology for supporting learning are discussed in the story about “Learning analytics don’t just measure students’ progress – they can shape it” by Rebecca Ferguson in the Guardian

(Affirmative Dave, I read you)   Links to other news stories:

School Report: Gove says teachers deserve more pay

“Schools will be allowed to test four-year-olds from 2016, government confirms” by Richard Adams, Education Editor, Guardian

Scottish Borders Council approves ‘asymmetric’ school week

(I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that).

“Let values live and breathe” by Don Ledingham in the TES

(Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye).

Episode 141: The Geography of French

We were very sad to hear about the death of Bev Evans, educationalist, artist and campaigner for special education, from South Wales, who guested on a few of our podcasts. A wonderful person who will be sorely missed.  Our condolences to family and friends.

Matthew and Steve pick up some themes from last week sparked off by the soul-searching into the progress ofthCurriculum for Excellence and draw some comparisons with the situation in England.  We talk, with some difficulty, about complex issues around class, culture and schooling and the increased marketisation and potential privatisation of schools in England.  A new TUC Report makes interesting, if depressing reading about the trends and the amount of money going into private hands.  Croneyism in who gets what contracts seems to feature.  A government transfer of funds at huge cost to the taxpayers with little perceived difference in standards and an undermining of local democracy.

Image by Ian Stevenson (www.ianstevenson.co.uk)

TUC Education Not For Sale

“After the dust settles…” Larry Flanagan

Teachers: life inside the exam factory John Harris Guardian with reply from Elisabeth Truss MP  (scroll to bottom of story)

“Can Catholic values create better schools?” TESS story and Religious education ‘helps communities get along’

DfE bars 14 academy chains from taking on more schools By Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph Education Editor

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