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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Nigel Coutts

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Schools, learning, innovation and student futures - 29 views

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    For all of us, learning was an innate part of life. It was something we just did, that was as natural to us as breathing. If not for this innate desire to learn and with it the ability to do so, we would never learn to walk, or speak or interact with others. But what happens to this innate drive to learn and how might we get ti back?
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The Future of Knowledge - 13 views

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    What services like Google Now and Evernote Context suggest for the future of knowledge?
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Promoting a Growth Mindset - 60 views

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    We all want to see our students and our children grow into happy, balanced and successful adults but exactly what that means and how it is to be achieved are areas of uncertainty. Into this debate comes Carol Dweck's research into 'Mindsets' and how individual differences in our approach to the world dictate our ultimate experiences of success or disappointment.
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Lessons from iWoz and Creating Innovators - 48 views

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    Lessons for teaching and learning in iWoz by Steve Wozniak and Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner
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Personal Passion Project - Reflections After Eight Years - 38 views

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    For the past eight years students in Year Six at Redlands have participated in a Personal Passion Project during Term Four. It is a way to finish their time in Junior School with a project that connects their passion with all they have learned about managing inquiry/design based projects to that point.
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Creativity in Science and Technology - 59 views

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    CREST is a programme for schools run by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation that aims to promote Creativity. By adding creativity to our science lessons we can move past boiling water and encourage students towards serious scientific and technological discovery.
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Handwriting vs Typing - Reflecting on Finland's changing policy on cursive writing - 76 views

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    Finland recently made the news for its decision to shift away from a focus on handwriting. Beginning in 2016 students will not be required tl learn cursive handwriting and instead will be taught typing skills. If this was anywhere other tan Finland the decision might be ignored or ridiculed but the Finnish Education systems reputation for producing quality learning backed by innovative practice makes this hard to ignore.
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Dropbox and Microsoft - 41 views

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    Recently Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership that offers users of the popular cloud service easy interoperability with Office on iOS and Android.
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Why I built a wooden periodic table in my spare time. - 47 views

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    Just over two years ago a group of teachers decided there Science Lab needed a signature piece to promote an interest in scientific inquiry. Inspired by a display at Questacon they embarked on a project to create a display to showcase the Periodic Table. After a three month journey into cabinetry and problem solving it is ready and this is the story of how it was made and why.
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Inquiry Based Learning is dead, long live inquiry. - 86 views

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    In the ebb and flow of educational theories and approaches to learning one can see many commonalities to the world of fashion. A good idea emerges, becomes mainstream, is appropriated by a wide number of educators who blend the essential elements into their methodology and over time the once good idea becomes an oversimplified or slightly misunderstood model of what it once was.
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Thinking Routines & habits of Mind - 93 views

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    useThis site combines Habits of Mind with Making Thinking Visible Routines. It is useful for teachers and students when trying to implement Habits of Mind as it provides a set of strategies to apply for each Habit, examples in the form of short films and a set of associated Thinking Routines. Also useful when looking for the right thinking routine to use for a given learning outcome or objective.
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What questions shall we ask? - 11 views

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    A posting inspired by Patrick Rothfuss - 'It's the questions we can't answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer all he gains is a little fact but give him a question and he'll look for his own answers. That way, when he finds the answers they'll be precious to him, the harder the question, the harder we hunt, the harder we hunt the more we learn, an impossible question . . .'
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