Author Archives: alexbeard

Upgrade

I’m breaking from the blog until May 1st 2017. That’s when I’ll be handing in the manuscript for my book, Upgrade. I’ll be travelling and writing in this period. Keep up with my progress @alexfbeard on Twitter and Instagram. And share stories … Continue reading

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You’re Getting Off First Or I’m Gonna Die!

This morning Angela Duckworth, Million-Dollar MacArthur Genius, U-Penn psychology professor and star author of Grit, spoke in central London about the importance of hard work. No matter the field, whether spelling bees or military training academies, her work has proved one thing: … Continue reading

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Camus’ Crisis

On ne pense mal parce qu’on est meurtrier. On est meurtrier parce qu’on pense mal. It started as a comic tweet. Viggo Mortensen was reading Camus’ La crise de l’homme to a group of francophile students in New York. So far, … Continue reading

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Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, Unknown Unknowns

As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown … Continue reading

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Stop Press! The Learning Revolution

You might have noticed a hiatus in the blog. Prosaically, I’d suffered the wordpress blank screen of death. More excitingly, I’ve been working on a book proposal, provisionally entitled The Learning Revolution. And (as long as I get it written. Fingers crossed) it will … Continue reading

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Becoming Human

Most of us will spend time in hospitals, normally towards the end of our lives. In Being Mortal, Atul Gawande softens his previous stance—the pursuit of better performance, which its lexicon of outcomes and systems—and suggests that we should take … Continue reading

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On Purpose and Education

He pointed out that the young men from the two projects had much in common: “They were the same young men. They live in the same geographical area.” They differences between them, he said, “don’t exits except in the minds … Continue reading

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8 Teacher Truths in the Digital Era

During the recent London workshop of the Open Education Europa Tour, we identified 8 ideas for how to increase teacher adoption of good tech in the classroom. Learning aims, not tech dreams Teachers care about student learning. Best practices always start with a … Continue reading

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Education Technology on Trial

This week I wrote about the OECD’s new report on technology in education for the EC. It’s a vital call to action for all of us who think we are on the cusp of an education revolution. There are two types of people in … Continue reading

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Technology For All: the BBC Micro:bit

In October 1 million eleven year olds in the UK will be given a pocket-size codeable computer. It’s taking the maker movement mainstream, and the UK hopes it will solve its shortage of coding talent. I wrote about it for … Continue reading

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