Thursday, 21 April 2016

Dodgeball pedagogy

Here's an interesting and thought provoking article from our subject leader in Physical Education here at the Plymouth Institute of Education. Dr Tim Lynch, who joined us recently from his previous post at Monash University in Australia, writes about a game played by children across the globe - dodgeball (or 'poison ball') and how it can be used with trainee teachers as a way of determining the quality of games in physical education. Tim shows how what is considered a risky and potentially dangerous game can be adapted to a safer, quality learning experience. This is innovation in pedagogy - using existing and familiar contexts, to revise and modify as great learning experiences. It's good to have Tim as a member of our great team of educators.

Dr Tim Lynch's Professional Website

Photo courtesy of Suarts on Flickr

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Live lectures from Plymouth Institute of Education

We broadcast our first live learning event yesterday, where our third year students listened to a talk by innovative school leader Dave Strudwick. We are live streaming all of the keynote lectures for the next few weeks for our Visions and Values module - with a focus on educational philosophy, theory and practice.

The video of Dave's presentation is below, with much thanks to the digital wizardry of technical manager Benji Rogers and his team, who made sure the live feed went out on the web as well as recording it for posterity.

The next lecture in the series will be tomorrow, at 1600 BST (GMT +1) when our speakers will be Kelly Davis (One size fits all - or does it?) and Miles Opie (The Finland question - an analysis of the Finnish education system). The YouTube link for tomorrow's learning event is here. The entire schedule of learning events over the next few weeks is at this link.

Dave Strudwick's talk was well received, not least because he challenged us all to examine our motives and inspirations as teachers, and to reflect on what had shaped our identities as educators. He showed examples of how his own school, Plymouth School of Creative Arts, harnesses the power of new technologies, and also creates a child centred culture for learning within its studios and learning spaces. The Red House, situated near to the international ferry port in the dockside area of Plymouth is a must for teachers to visit if they wish to see innovation in action. There is much to ponder in this thoughtful and insightful presentation.

Photo by Steve Wheeler

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Monday, 18 April 2016

Visions, values and video streaming

Over the next few weeks at Plymouth University we are running a module for our third year student teachers about the philosophy of education. In fact, it's more than just educational philosophy - it's about how they develop their personal visions and values of teaching and develop their professional identities too. During the sessions we will discuss social and political influences the curriculum, and explore many of the theories, practices and influences that have made school what it is today (for better or for worse). We will feature a series of presentations and dialogues which we are calling 'learning events'. Each learning event will feature two or more guest speakers, drawn from the world of education, some in universities, some from schools, and also members of the business community. Each will present their personal visions and values to an audience of around 180 students at Plymouth University.

We want to share these events with the world. We think they are worth sharing. There are two ways you can join in. The presentations will be live streamed to the web, so that you can also participate from wherever you are in the world. We will also be running a live two-hour Twitter backchannel using the hashtag #EEES613.

The schedule of sessions is here (all times are British Summer Time - GMT+1)

19 April (1630-1800) Dave Strudwick (Headteacher of Plymouth School for the Creative Arts) and Steve Wheeler.
21 April (1600-1800) Miles Opie and Kelly Davis (Lecturers, Plymouth Institute of Education)
22 April (1400-1600) Kath Vineer (Lecturer in Education, Plymouth Institute of Education) and Jason Holland (Headteacher of Montpelier Primary School)
26 April (1600-1800) Dr Nick Pratt (Associate Professor, Plymouth Institute of Education) and Michelle Virgo (Home Schooling Advocate)
28 April (1600-1800) Robert Bennett (Lecturer, Plymouth Institute of Education) and Dan Roberts (Headteacher, Devonport High School for Boys)
3 May (1600-1800) Sadie Medway (Lecturer in Art, Plymouth Institute of Education) and Dr Graham Stirling CBE/Chris Cole (Business sector - Cornerstone Vision)
5 May (1600-1800) Dr Tim Lynch (Lecturer in Physical Education, Plymouth Institute of Education) and Rouen Gargan (Associate Lecturer, Plymouth Institute of Education)
10 May (1600-1800) Question Time with Rachael Hincks-Knight, Kath Vineer, Miles Opie and Phil Selbie (Lecturers in Education, Plymouth Institute of Education)
12 May (1600-1800) Phil Selbie and James Bettany (Lecturers, Plymouth Institute of Education)

This link will take you to the live streams via YouTube.

Please join in during the live learning events and discuss the meaning of education with us!

Photo by Jimmy Rehak on Wikimedia Commons

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Visions, values and video streaming by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.