Minecraft Education in the Classroom

Minecraft – whether you love it or hate it, there are two things you cannot deny: lots of kids are crazy about it; and it offers some great educational opportunities. With G1 getting into Java with Minecraft and Youth Digital, I thought it was time to learn more about increasing our educational experience with Minecraft. Since children learn best when they’re fullyContinue reading “Minecraft Education in the Classroom”

Educating Children for an Unknown Future

There is a really interesting article I read recently by Mitchel Resnick promoting the idea that education should be one Lifelong Kindergarten. The logic for his argument goes like this… Education Must Change to Prepare Children for an Unpredictable Future The world is changing so rapidly that we cannot possibly imagine what it will be like when ourContinue reading “Educating Children for an Unknown Future”

Visible Learning into Action – Real Success Stories Around the World

“In nearly every school, success is around us; if only we had the courage to reliably identify and esteem it.” – John Hattie There have been a lot of recommendations on how to make our school education system better for our children – some of it backed by research, some not. While many of these recommendationsContinue reading “Visible Learning into Action – Real Success Stories Around the World”

Philosophy for Pre-Adolescent Children – Worth it or Waste of Time?

I read an article recently on why children – as in primary school children – should study philosophy. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the article again to dissect it further, so I did a little background digging instead… Why Should Children Study Philosophy? There is evidence that children who study philosophy: are more likely to achieve betterContinue reading “Philosophy for Pre-Adolescent Children – Worth it or Waste of Time?”

How Can We Support Math Learning at Home?

These methods for teaching math are based on a better understanding of how children learn. The intention is for the students to understand the “why” behind the shortcuts in math that we are taught to memorise. As a result, they help more students develop their confidence in math. 3 Stages of Learning Jerome Bruner identified three stagesContinue reading “How Can We Support Math Learning at Home?”

Metacognition – Learning Better by Understanding How We Think

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. – Albert Einstein. Education is no longer just about teaching children the 3 R’s and a handful of random subjects. Aside from academic learning, we are also striving to develop the whole child so that our children: have critical thinking skills to sort the factsContinue reading “Metacognition – Learning Better by Understanding How We Think”

Experiential Learning: Ski School

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing”. Experiential learning is distinct from rote or didactic learning, in which the learner plays a comparatively passive role. – Wikipedia I’m a huge believer in the value of experiential learning because one of the most effective ways to learnContinue reading “Experiential Learning: Ski School”

Khan Academy – Tailoring Education to the Individual

I heard about Khan Academy way before I’d ever heard the name Salman Khan but I wished I had heard his name sooner… About Salman Khan Salman Khan is the founder and faculty of the Khan Academy – a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere.  It now consists of self-pacedContinue reading “Khan Academy – Tailoring Education to the Individual”

Technology in Education: What is a Flipped Classroom?

Technology has transformed today’s schools and the face of education as we know it. The classrooms of our children are worlds away from the ones we grew up in. For some parents, this new era of education may be dauntingly unfamiliar so we have started to explore some of the “new” ideas being implemented in 21st century schools: ConnectedContinue reading “Technology in Education: What is a Flipped Classroom?”

Gamification: Using Games to Learn

Gamification is the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals. Badgeville Gamification is not a new idea. In fact, it has been around longer than the term has existed. Anyone who has ever learned geography playing Carmen Sandiego can attest to that. However, it isContinue reading “Gamification: Using Games to Learn”