A work in progress: An Exploration into the Pedagogical Benefits of Using Social Media

Abstract Many social networking sites have been thought to break down traditional hierarchies in terms of society and global geography (Lewis 2017). As an example, Twitter empowers learners to engage with individuals from all over the world, often sharing educational resources for free. This ‘work in progress’ paper adopts a mixed-methods model to explore ifContinue reading “A work in progress: An Exploration into the Pedagogical Benefits of Using Social Media”

The potential of social media to bridge the UK skills gap: exploring organisations’ soft skills

The potential of social media to bridge the UK skills gap: exploring organisations’ soft skills In this context, the global spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdowns have resulted in schools being shut all around the world. It is estimated that 1.2 billion students have been impacted due to the measures taken by the affectedContinue reading “The potential of social media to bridge the UK skills gap: exploring organisations’ soft skills”

The Paradigm Wars: Is MMR Really a Solution?

Abstract Educational research has several competing views of the social sciences, and these are often referred to as paradigms. Hammersley (2013, p. 13) portrays paradigms as ‘not simply methodologies; they are ways of looking at the world, different assumptions about what the world is like and how we can understand or know about it’.  TheContinue reading “The Paradigm Wars: Is MMR Really a Solution?”

Reflecting on what COVID-19 means for my research as a doctoral student

The global spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdowns have resulted in schools being shut all around the world. It is estimated that 1.2 billion students have been affected due to the measures taken by affected countries to stem the outbreak (UNESCO 2020). From early years to doctoral candidates, learners have been forced to stayContinue reading “Reflecting on what COVID-19 means for my research as a doctoral student”

An International Context of Education Technology

Although it is widely accepted that those who set educational policy must understand the significance of the presence of technology in education, what happens when this relationship is undermined or even strengthened by the country that manages it? Dialectical discussions appear to vary from leaders within different educational systems. For example, in the U.K., conversations aroundContinue reading “An International Context of Education Technology”

Technophobes vs Technophiles: understanding the enemy’s position through reflection

It may only take one conversation in academia to discover that there are alternative views and beliefs to those that are your own. For me, it has always been apparent that not every scholar or academic shares the same confidence that technology harnesses the power to change the world for the better, and subsequently improveContinue reading “Technophobes vs Technophiles: understanding the enemy’s position through reflection”

The Current State of Outdoor Learning in a U.K Secondary Setting: Exploring the Benefits, Drawbacks and Recommendations

Abstract The purpose of the present study was to understand why secondary teachers are not using outdoor learning (OL) in their pedagogical practice. Through the lens of social constructivism (Vygotsky, 1986; Trowler, 2008) the research aims were to 1) examine the current benefits and drawbacks of OL, 2) distinguish factors that influence teachers’ perceptions ofContinue reading “The Current State of Outdoor Learning in a U.K Secondary Setting: Exploring the Benefits, Drawbacks and Recommendations”

Fake News: the failures of big tech and education

According to the education secretary Damian Hinds, ‘teachers need to better prepare pupils of the risks of “fake news” and disinformation online’. In an increasingly network-driven society, it appears to be the case that pupils are not only part of the digital era, however that they are also part of the sub discipline of socialContinue reading “Fake News: the failures of big tech and education”

Examples of Twitter in the classroom

Follow the 2019 CAC model for using Twitter in the classroom Communicating Teacher posting course materialsStudents using a hashtag to communicate Students tweeting in a foreign language to practice in MFL Assessing Students creating tweets using specific contents learnt during class time Teacher posting surprise questions in class on Twitter Students debate and discuss on Twitter Students answerContinue reading “Examples of Twitter in the classroom”

Children ill from school can still participate in learning via avatars

China are leading the way in the digital revolution happening right now in education. Children too ill to go to school now have access to technology where they can watch lessons from home and participate using their tablets. The Financial Times reports this technology “enhances learning experiences for teachers and children”. This video has been embedded usingContinue reading “Children ill from school can still participate in learning via avatars”