Category Archives: The effect of multimedia on children/childhood

A discussion about observation – how, what and why

In an online (freely available) journal called Early Childhood Research and Practice (edited by Lilian Katz, Jean Mendoza, and Susan Fowler), there is an article on ‘the importance of observation in early education’ (http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v7n2/forman.html). Authors, George Forman & Ellen Hall, … Continue reading

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“Gun play and why children need it” – Rich and Brownlee

Diane Rich explains: “The themes that children choose to play do not all involve nurses, mums and dads, princes and princesses. There are nasty things too: monsters, ghost, baddies and, inevitably, weapons of all sorts.” (Rich, p.1 – on my … Continue reading

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The Internet, multiple intelligences, and education for democracy

…still enjoying some of John Seely Brown’s work… “Three hundred years ago or so, Descartes’s philosophical stance was ‘I think, therefore I am.’ Within that framework, the more abstract the knowledge is, the better. Knowledge that is decontextualized and disembodied … Continue reading

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Education … for democracy and non-violence…

I loved this essay – it should be a must-read for all educational leaders, and perhaps especially for those in English departments as we come up to 2014 and the anniversary of WWI, which will no doubt spark renewed interest … Continue reading

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Freedom and education: some thoughts and discussion

I thoroughly enjoyed Nick Stevenson’s book, Freedom – enjoyed it too much to quote within legal or logical limits – but here are some points I took a particular liking to: “To become educated is to have access to a … Continue reading

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Interactive text books

http://www.apple.com/education/ibooks-textbooks/ the publishing tool for these is free too… http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/

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Improve junior science: put the Play back into Primary school

Earlier this year, Professor Sir Paul Callaghan wrote: “Today, television and the Internet have consumed vast quantities of children’s leisure time. And we now live in the throwaway age. Nothing is tinkered with or repaired, only discarded and replaced. Toys … Continue reading

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Children’s environmentalism; How do children contribute to a sustainable world?

Bengt Larsson, Magnus Andersson and Christina Osbeck present a review of the literature they considered relevant to any research into environmentalist practices among children. There are some quite complex issues in the article, so I confess to wanting to read it … Continue reading

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Benefits to e-books in schools

In an article that describes the how/why of putting e-books on the ‘shelves’ of school libraries, Trish du Temple points out a couple of advantages: – “Loading other documents onto an e-book lending platform, like teacher notes, study guides and … Continue reading

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Multimodality, literacy and texts

Multimodal literacy came up in conversation today and I realised I hadn’t been stashing any of the info I have on that. A lot of it is in paper form so that will have to change… anyway… Eve Bearne writes: … Continue reading

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