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The unobservable universe.

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“The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.” Carl Sagan There’s a concept in astronomy that I love. It’s the idea of the edge of the observable universe. I love it because our very attempt at defining the limitations of space, create room to imagine the infinite. The fascinating unknown of the unobservable universe. […]

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Book Review: Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom by Marina Umaschi Bers.

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Through my explorations of Makerspaces, I keep returning to wonder about why we create separate, distinct spaces aside from others “for making”. In a similar way, we also create designated play spaces, like playgrounds “to play”. These boundaries of space, led me to reading Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early […]

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Mindstorm on a hillside: learning to stay in play

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I have just finished reading Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom by Marina Umaschi Bers, which has led me into re-reading Mindstorms by Seymour Papert. You can read the full text of Papert’s Mindstorms here on MIT’s website. I have been a little surprised by not hearing much […]

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Makerspaces – faces and places

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As an intern with AACE in 2018, I will be writing regularly on AACE Review about Makerspaces, libraries and digital literacy, kids and coding, getting girls into coding, book reviews and interviews. Faces and Places of Makerspaces https://www.aace.org/review/exploring-faces-places-makerspaces/

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The invisible thread: librarians and learning designers

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Dark matter. Unseen in-between Luminous light of stars Shy energy Binds the cosmos In clusters. As a teacher, a parent, or a student – do you know if your school has a Teacher Librarian? If you don’t, ask. It matters. Here’s why: Podcast: Why we need qualified teacher librarians for the digital future (Kinderling Retrieved […]

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Learning: the unobservable universe

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The concept of the observable universe is a concept in astrophysics encircling all of the matter that we can “see” in space from Earth. It’s not all there is to see, but it’s what has travelled to us in the time we’ve been looking and measuring. It’s bigger than the visible universe, because it includes […]

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What is best practice in learning and teaching?

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Trying to capture best practice feels like observing the night sky. The light you see with your own eyes, is not the origin, but the aftermath. It’s observing a past situation that can never exist or be repeated because the conditions no longer exist. The only best practice I’m a fan of is to always […]

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The mythmaker of academia

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I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. W. B. Yeats   I originally wrote some of this post some time ago, but I’ve come back to it because I read Jesse Stommel’s beautiful post –   Why I Don’t Grade.  Jesse’s heartfelt expression of the “emotional […]

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How do I put ‘you’ into university?

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When you enter higher education as a student, it can take a little while to realise that things aren’t what they seem. There’s a myth at play, cultural conjuring, that just being part of the course, following through, will yield something for you on completion. It’s true, the award at the end can get you […]