Reviving the Composition: for social media, multimedia, transmedia…even makerspace!

Way way back in the dark ages, in the pre-history of the Web – around 1991, to be more precise – I wrote a paper for what was then the Scottish Council for Educational Technology, or SCET, long since swallowed up by Learning & Teaching Scotland, and itself now merged with Scotland’s schools inspectorate to become Education Scotland. […]

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Post Literacy Post-Haste

Anxiety sells! So says The Economist this week in an excellent piece showing just how long we have had to listen to the oft-heard announcements of the terminal decline of written English…..since at least 1387! In that year, Ranulph Higden, a Benedictine monk bemoaned the influx of words from Norman French, Anglo-Saxon and Danish. We know today that it […]

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CommonLearn: The Classroom in the Cloud

In the physical world, the classroom, traditionally, is a place where teachers teach and learners learn, where information is acquired, created, distilled, shaped and disseminated, where activities take place in the interests of learning, where lessons and modules and courses are delivered and experienced, and where minds meet. The physical classroom is, however, constrained by […]

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Dissent and Disloyalty

The great American commentator, Edward Murrow, that country’s voice of integrity through the Second World War and beyond,  wrote some words that come to mind in response to the strong odour of ordure emanating this past week from the journalistic house of ill-repute otherwise known as the Daily Mail: We must not confuse dissent with […]

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The Flapping Windmill

[This was the paper that wrote in support of The Doctor Laurel Anne Clyde Memorial Address which I gave to ASLA in Adelaide in 2008. It re-visited a number of themes I have explored in my writing on this blog and elsewhere)   Almost forty years ago, RF Mackenzie, the radical Scottish educationist, was able to write: […]

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Don’t Diss Media Studies

Neil Postman, of Teaching As A Subversive Activity fame, noted in a talk uploaded to Youtube: .…if we had in this country serious.…media literacy, media education, media studies, whatever you would call it, beginning in the earliest grades and going on right through university I think we could develop a population of knowledgeable people with the […]

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