Media studies survives – but leisure studies doesn't – in final cull of A-levels

Last wave of Michael Gove’s examination reforms will see several perceivedly ‘soft’ courses disappear from syllabus by 2017Leisure studies – often the butt of jokes about the dumbing down of exams in schools – is to be axed as an A-level subject, while the equally maligned media studies is to survive, the exams regulator for England has announced…

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The Learning Network: Our Sixth Annual Found Poem Challenge

The Learning Network: Our Sixth Annual Found Poem ChallengeThe bad news? We won’t be judging the challenge this year, or declaring winners. The good news? The Learning Network is hopefully getting an upgraded commenting system soon. We hope you’ll still participate and post your poems; we’ll be posting our reactions in May in lieu of formal judging.

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Michael Furdyk #LSCon Keynote Mindmap

Michael Furdyk #LSCon Keynote MindmapMichael Furdyk gave an inspiring talk this morning about his trajectory through technology and then five ideas that he thought were important elements in the success of the initiatives he had undertaken. He gave lots of examples and closed with interesting questions about how we might engage learners through badges, mobile, and co-creation…

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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The Scopes Trial

The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The Scopes TrialThe Scopes trial has been called “the true trial of the century” — in part because similar debates still roil school systems around the country.

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Pupils to learn about Iraq war in new history GCSE

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Chris Corrigan “Understanding where you are, not where you think you are”

Chris Corrigan “Understanding where you are, not where you think you are”I love, love, love this blog post so I’m just posting a link with my deep wish that you go read it. Understanding where you are, not where you think you are: some tips and a process – Chris Corrigan.I’m working on two project right now where there is such a strong desire to determine “the right, easy way” of doing things where there is no “right, easy” way…

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Journalism: 4 New Stories I’d Like To See

Journalism: 4 New Stories I’d Like To See

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There's a ton of great education journalism out there these days, with more and more of it coming online all the time.  But sometimes editors and reporters get stuck covering the same things the same ways and they need some new stories or new ways to come at old stories.  And that's where "Stories I'd Like To See" comes in…

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Tom Wujec #LSCon Keynote Mindmap

Tom Wujec #LSCon Keynote Mindmap

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Tom Wujec #LSCon Keynote MindmapTom Wujec gave a discursive and well illustrated talk about how changes in technology were changing industry, ultimately homing in on creativity.  Despite a misstep mentioning Kolb’s invalid learning styles instrument, it was entertaining and intriguing.  

  

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Revolutions and Encouragement, Can they Co-Exist?

Revolutions and Encouragement, Can they Co-Exist?After recording a good old fashioned podcast a couple weeks ago, I felt inclined to post a blog post in response to another post. Just like old days.
So Will Richardson references a tweet by George Couros questioning the dichotomy between acknowledging the good work of teachers and fighting for a revolutionary change in education…

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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | A Chinese Festival in California

Here are several paragraphs from a March 23 article, “Bok Kai Festival in Marysville Brings Touch of 19th Century to 21st.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?

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