Monthly Archives: October 2013

The App Generation

This is a really interesting video where Howard Gardner explains some of the ideas and research behind his new book ‘The App Generation’.

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October 11, 2013 · 3:40 pm

How familiar are educators with Moocs? What about “post-Mooc”?

Listening to Howard Gardner this summer he was genuinely surprised how few educators were familiar with Moocs. Although you may not be familiar with the term Mooc it is likely that the concept of massive, open, online courses is not new. There are ample sites that connect you with course materials, communities, videos, readings etc. Some of you may have spent time exploring I-Tunes U where whole courses can be accessed via an App. If you have the technology then people can effectively learn anything, anywhere, including courses from some of the most renowned universities. A colleague of mine recently shared the website Coursea where you can search for different free online courses. You might also wish to explore Future Learn ( which is an online platform of free courses from UK universities.

I was interested to read an article on the BBC ( as Harvard University is suggesting that the institution has now developed the “post-Mooc”. Spoc (small, private online course) has now arrived on the scene.

Whether we are talking about Moocs or Spocs it seems to me that the concept of online learning and access to free courses is a game changer. It is now far easier for learners to access information of choice, and engage with and create learning communities. I wonder how well schools are preparing young people (and the wider school community) for game changing technologies.

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Out of Eden Walk

I thought I would share a current Harvard Project Zero initiative as it might be of interest to schools. 
The Out of Eden Walk features award winning journalist Paul Salopek who is following the migration routes of early human beings out of Africa. There is a free online learning platform where students can engage with each other and also with Paul Salopek during the 7 year journey. It is evident from the early blogs that this is a fantastic opportunity for learners to explore concepts such as perspective, community, global interactions, culture, interdependence and civilisations. Through the learning platform learners will share their personal reflections on their own communities and have their interest in the wider world sparked by the views and experiences of others. Through understanding the perspectives of others and making global connections, this project looks to be a fantastic tool for promoting global citizenship. 

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