Wanted: teachers to beta-test tools for Learning Futures

November 24, 2010 at 7:30 am Leave a comment

Learning Futures is developing a set of tools to support people who want to create engaging schools, and we need adventurous teachers to test them and tell us what you think!

The following tools will be ready for beta-testing in the spring:

Spaced Learning: developed by Monkseaton High School, this is a method of creating long term memories rapidly, with short presentations separated by short breaks during which learners do non-demanding activities (for more on the science behind, see this article in the TES).

Spaced Learning has tremendous potential for supporting enquiry-based learning, and making sure that students carrying out focused enquiries still acquire broad content knowledge.

EnquiryBlogger: Developed by the Open University in partnership with the University of Bristol, EnquiryBlogger provides everything learners need to carry out an enquiry, from choosing a subject to producing a final output, while creating a record of the entire process that can be used for assessment.

Learning Futures Engagement diagnostic: This online survey gives a picture not just of students’ engagement in school, but of their engagement in learning – providing a vital tool for schools that want to help their become engaged in learning that extends beyond the school walls, and that they carry into adulthood.

If you’d like to test the beta versions of any of these tools, please email alec.patton[at]innovationunit.org

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Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services, Schools & Multi-School Trusts.

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