Education technology is really powerful. The problem is that it is just as easy to use that power badly as to use it well. You can see this with video lessons – clearly video allows you to do all kinds of cool things, but how many of these cool things will help students to learn… Read more »Read more
Month: April 2020
What makes a good flashcard?
What makes a good flashcard? Keep it really simple. Here’s what not to do. The problem with this flashcard is that it is not clear exactly what you are supposed to remember or how you can be sure if you have got right. Are you supposed to recite every word? Just identify some of the… Read more »Read more
How can we make learning with laptops & tablets work?
When I was studying for GCSE history, there was a sudden class panic about revision guides. I think a job lot of guides had arrived at the library and were available to buy for about £2, but a rumour went round that they were selling out. Suddenly, students who weren’t even studying history were worrying… Read more »Read more
How to remember anything, forever: the secret history
The best part of researching my new book, Teachers vs Tech, was getting to read a lot more about memory. Not just the academic research on memory – although this was fascinating – but the practical attempts by real people to come up with systems to improve their long-term memory and remember things forever. Often,… Read more »Read more
The challenge of remote teaching is the challenge of all teaching
…or formative assessment, or responsive teaching, or whatever phrase you prefer. As all these phrases make clear, the challenge is one of interactivity. A traditional classroom provides interactivity by having…Read more