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Is There a Place for the Barefoot Researcher?
I have a lot of time for academics. Some of my best friends are academics. I used to be something of an academic myself (I studied for, and obtained, an MA, and did some ground-breaking research into adult economics education which resulted in my being invited to embark on a PhD; I declined).

The reason I mention all this is, of course, by way of a prelude to, not so much an all-out attack on, but an all-out gripe about, academic research.


Wed, 14 Oct 2009, 23:23

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Reflections on Handheld Learning: Authenticity vs Karaoke, and magnificent failure vs benign success

Image by Terry Freedman via Flickr

Malcolm McLaren is not, perhaps, the first person that would spring to mind in the context of education. Yet, as one of the keynotes at the Handheld Learning Conference 2009 he had much to say that was highly relevant - in an irrelevant sort of way.


Thu, 8 Oct 2009, 15:47

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Back through the time tunnel: the effects of technology on lifestyle, and techno-romanticsm

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I watched an interesting TV programme last night. Called Electric Dreams, the programme followed the fortunes of a family whose home had been transported back in time to the 1970s. Each day brought a new year, and the technology that went with it.

Some insightful connections were made


Fri, 2 Oct 2009, 08:21

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Web 2.0 Projects Book Deadline Extended

open24hoursI've had a great response to my call for submissions to this ebook, which seeks to collate information about interesting projects involving the use of Web 2.0 applications in schools.

The original deadline was 30 September, but last night I received some news which has led me to extend it until the 31st October.


Thu, 1 Oct 2009, 15:26

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The internet – empowering or censoring citizens?
Morozov's talk at the RSA

I attended a fascinating talk at the RSA last week. In a lecture entitled “The Internet: Empowering or Censoring Citizens”, Evgeny Morozov questioned whether the internet really is the means to inevitable freedom and democracy it is often portrayed to be.


Wed, 30 Sep 2009, 00:12

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Too overbearing by half

Being too overbearing simply does not work.

menu_and_clockI have recently stopped going to 'my' gym, and started going to an unfamiliar one instead. The small increase in travelling time and the extra cost in terms of parking are more than compensated for by the peace and quiet I enjoy as a result of switching.

So what's all this about, and how does it relate to educational technology?


Wed, 23 Sep 2009, 23:18

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Tenacity: a good quality or a bad one?
One of the qualities that a subject leader must have, in my opinion, is the ability and willingness to stand one's ground. I think that this applies especially in the case of the ICT (or educational technology) leader, given the sorts of pressure he or she is often under.

Tue, 22 Sep 2009, 09:38

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