very afraid IV: bafta
Just as we
did last year, we ran the DfES, BAFTA, heppell.net Be
Very Afraid event at BAFTA.
This year with sponsors' help too (names coming shortly). The
event annually showcases some of the diversity of creative work
being done by UK learners, from primary to HE, including special,
using new technologies. This year the event again opened the
London Games Festival. You can visit
all the BVAs from here,
or subscribe to the podcast
stream of the last, and the next, events. If you missed
BVA 3 in 2006 some of the children from it were on Libby
Purves' BBC 4 programme The
Learning Curve and they spoke very well indeed about learning
and ICT - if you click the link, be patient, the audio streams
quickly but has a bit of BBC preamble on it. It's worth the wait,
about time we had some scanning in education - I am very excited
string of horizon scanning events and have an initial focus
on computer technology, then cognitive enhancement, then the
economics of new learning, then pocketable and portable (esp
of learning spaces +
- I am doing
a heap of work on the design of learning
spaces, both physical and virtual. I do seem
to have a LOT of resources and project conclusions exploring
the design of learning spaces and it is much requested. Here
is a good link to some of it (currently being revised)
have a major stand, with EMAP's kind support, at
the heart of the BETT show in Olympia this January,populated
by students from some excllent schools. This year's focus will
may find the
postcard set of learning spaces around the world that Lys
and I produced for the 2007 show useful...
- and I show these 'crossroads' slides in a movie form at conferences
from time to time and they are always requested afterwards
- so here they are, as 4 big simple jpgs. These days enough places
are off down the "new approaches" route
that I am optimistic, but I do really worry about the places
still wedded to the old factory model - they face a low income,
dangerously disengaged future and are probably already feeling
it hurt them...
to chair the trustees of the Inclusion
Trust charity with its flagship project Notschool.net
although they are off down a route that is not me philosophically,
so I have now resigned. But having set the whole thing up back
in 1998 and nurtured it since, I can't imagine anything more
rewarding than watching the progress these young people made
after being excluded from school by behaviour or circumstances.
We saw a 98% re-engagement rate, up from zero. If it interests
you maybe view the paper "out
of sight: out of mind". I still care about inclusion
of course and have new plans and projects - so watch this
A really important suite of projects, newly announced with good
support from Microsoft and others. The first is a biennial
World learning Survey - what are the emergent trends
in world learning? Mixed age, performance enhanced, project based...
you can write the list. But this surbey will report biennially
in November for even years. The second
is (and how hard is this! gulp) a Learning Metric. When you invest
money in education (buildings, ICT, whatever...) what should
improve and how should we measure it. Both can be found under
Project. Wish me, and Pav, and the others good luck.The
third is a really exciting global cohort based doctoral approach
to building meterics of what is really effective in education
proper details here.
in new media environments
I'm a professor
at the centre
for excellence in media practice at bournemouth university
where you will find some wonderful, ingenious, creative students
(and colleagues) and I'm visiting prof at the university of wales
in newport and remain of course emeritus prof in new learning
environments at anglia ruskin university.
I was asked
by the UK's DfES to assemble some debating points about personalisation in
the context of assessment - and then to summarise the debate
that ensued. A lot of people visit the results, so have a look
at the pre-debate
papers and post-debate notes from here.
need to sort this out... podcasts all over the place at the moment..
watch this space (
November 6, 2009
delighted to be executive chairman of LP+ which
is growing excitingly and has a dream-team of imaginative, hard
working folk at its centre; we are doing some extraordinary
things with learning platforms on mobile, pocketable and other
devices - see for
example this project in China.
I'm really proud to
be one of the board of governors for Teachers'
TV in the UK with its massive on-line resource of over 800
free short 15 minute TV programmes about teaching, for teachers,
but with (no surprises) a whopping audience of parents, students
...and indeed children. The channel is also broadcast on Sky
Guide 592, Telewest 240, ntl 803, KIT 70, HomeChoice 845, Freeview
88 (12-6am). Proud? you bet!But I'm also
non-exec director of The
Knowledge Zone who have been doing a host of interesting
bits of work around websites
and media-streamed events in Cowes (hmm, wonder why I like
them so much?!)
to have HE stuff all over.. so (at last, sorry) I'm collecting
some of it here - as a starter or two here are my
annotated slides from the 2006
JISC on-line conference "innovating
e-learning 2006" (of
slide especially caused a lot of interest) and a
useful 65 minute talk (helpfully audio podcast) to the "ALT-C
2006: the next generation"
advising a LOT of countries at the moment. I can';t put much
of the advice on-line, it is confidential for them for now, but
as the years go by I will paste it up retrospectively. For now
there is this:
- the Stevenson
Report - absolutely pivotal and still a fascinating primer.
The report was the foundation of the incoming Labour's ICT
policy for their first term of office (check which promises
made it into policy! and which didn't...). By the way, the
report was much informed by Carole Chapman's remarkable,
pioneering Learning in the New Millennium project
from 1993 to the Millennium. Link coming soon.
- you can
find much of my past writing from my retroBlog where
I try to post past writings and look back to reflect a little
on them - whether in newpapers or academic papers. For current
thoughts I have a column in Richard Doughty's excellent education@Guardian
supplement, am often to be found in the Times Educational Supplement
and also write a column in EC&T magazine.
- and look...
I really do care about the
apostrophe... I hope you do too
Back in the
earliest days of the WorldWide Web, in June 1994 to be precise, I
posted this on my website, thinking it was jolly witty. Revisiting
it, it still forces a wry smile (digitally induced artifactal
chaos?, the virtual Virtual experience of Real Reality?), but
is an interesting insight into what troubled us then (bandwidth!)...
history in all this:
assembling some ancient history from my early days in educational
computing (as it was once) - the microelectronic education
programme whereI was computer based learning coordinator
in the early 80s, pioneering work with Apple equipment
from 84, with Hypercard from 87.. the Renaissance Project
poineering CM ROMs in the 80s and much more.
futures, symmetry and contribution:
simulations work with Petr Bratt for Channel 4. Really
interesting use of movies - even the menus are movies! But
as an exempolification of where user generated content (UGC)
might be heading... it's useful. this is the
most bookmarked page on my server!
- My contribution
to the BBC's Interactive 2002 event was built around some precursors
to winning viewer engagement in a digital broadcasting future:
symmetry, participation, redundancy, annotation and capabilities. This
link explains all.
- for an
IEE conference in Feb 1999 I published a page of 3
clear reasons why we need ubiquitous symmetrical broadband
- some indicative
specifications (from 2000) for digital movie contribution -
developed for the NCSL, but they didn't implement them (doh!)
although they have informed much else for many others since
projects I've been involved with have a long record of publishing
safety advice for Internet users. Here is a
useful summary of what had been said by the end of the
90s. The audit trail of identity, of course, remains the big issue.
- the initial Teachers
for Teachers contributory action research site, eventually
much superceded by the real thing of course.
invited to offer a few after dinner remarks at the Xchange
2005 conference, on the evening of 18th October 2005, before
my keynote on the next morning. I shared some interesting
numbers with the delegates... here
they are. I was also recently presenting at På beste
måte - Askerkonferansen 2005 in Asker near Oslo
and showed a variation of a "trends" slide that
actually hangs on the wall of a few education ministers.
It doesn't change much, but here is
the current 21st century iteration of those trends.
for and from various conferences
- look - I
wish i could be as organised as the excellent David
him in the uk at NAACE 08) - he doesn't just publish his handouts
on-line, he pops them into a wiki so the audience can get to
do the updating too - fabe eh? and he has an office in second
life too. So I promise to sort out this section soon.
- some links
I posted for the Conference of Commonwealth Education
Ministers in Canada in November 2000 and the
paper that was my Keynote to all the ministers. Many
report that it has guided them since, especially the tough
- you need
bandwidth for this, but it's interesting! I opened a seminar
at orange - back in the days when they were full of wonderfully
madly creative people who chose to start thinking about learning
and mobile phones. ANyway, at the time the seminar opened I
was on a plane to SIngapore... so did the opening chat as a
series of slides with me popping up in a widow on the slides.
Tricky to do (I had to look the right way on the right slide..
you can imagine) but fun to watch. It's big, but the QuickTime
version is here..
- some links
I posted for the "Standards in Education" conference (my
Keynote was "Effective, Exciting and Evolutionary ICT Provision
in Schools") in Brighton in Feb 1999
- if you
haven't discovered the exceoptional work they do in learning
in Tasmania, start
looking. This link is to a
conference I enjoyed there - quite what the link between sex and learning was
now eludes me...
- some resource
I posted for the Royal Yachting Association's coaches
- sporting pedagogy etc
- my report
from 1999 on what
needed to be done to the Royal Yachting Association's website.
It is quite useful generic advice for similar organisations. Judge
how they did from their newly revised site today... hmm;
horse, water and drink spring to mind.
2005 keynote slides - as interactive
- back in
May 2000 I produced a
report for Orange looking at what we knew about on-line
learning communities and exploring a useful direction for Orange
to go in partnership with us. We are still working together...
I also led a seminar on learning futures although, confusingly,
I was in a plane to Singapore at the time. The solution was
a set of "slides" that auto ran, but where I was
a "talking face" in a small window in those slides.
Obviously this was a bit challenging as I had to try to imagine
where to look as the slides opened and closed. But what i said
was reported as being interesting too, so here is the
session as a QuickTime movie.
- I loved
working on the Millennium Dome and indeed
tried to buy it when it was put up for sale. This
was my initial expression of interest! The "bid" made
it into the last 10, but wasn't the chosen one.. however, when
that one fell through no one thought to phone the other bidders
to ask if we were still interested, of course...
- a simple
explanation of project management and scale: how
we did things at the lab (back in 2001)
- some early
planning thoughts on Notschool.net methodology - interesting
to see how the project has evolved.
- two scenarios
of future school learning from a TES piece I wrote in
- some really
enjoyable work by students of Christ Church school on
the Tesco Schoolnet 2000 project
+ family stuff...
- I really
love being a dad... and I'm really proud of
our three children. of course; for family things, visit our
family sailing pages from www.heppell.net or
photos from back in 2002
and oh dear
yes we do publish, as a family, one of those annoying annual
update circulars for those that we don't see enough of during
the year. I rather enjoy reading them personally! Anyway, in
answer to some requests you can also see our various Christmas newsletters
and cards going back to 1985 (at least were were early into
this!)... if you must.