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We’re introducing tags to replace managing students through groups

This is part of a series of posts written on proposed new features for Kloodle’s rewrite which is taking place summer 2017 in readiness for the 2017 / 18 academic year.

 

 

The first activity users have to do on Kloodle currently to ensure students are managed correctly is to set up groups. They have to create a name for the group, and then invite students to each group.

 

 

The Old Way

 

 

 

 

This then allows them to view collections of students through the member page.

 

 

 

Users could then click through to each individual student to view what they had been up to.

 

 

 

 

 

This has worked, but […]

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Getting through the syllabus is malpractice

Getting through the syllabus is malpractice

My last memories of GCSE physics are of constant panic. Our teacher was flapping because she needed to get through the syllabus. She prescribed mandatory lunchtime lessons and dashed through topics at breakneck pace. Once she’d placed a tick next to the topic in the syllabus, we were on to the next thing. We copied out of the textbook. I must have an innate hatred for plagiarism as my copying skills rendered me 8 pages behind everyone else. That was it. I became a lone protester against academic theft. Those physics authors had worked hard to produce that book. Who was I to copy […]

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Leadership – The Best Leaders Wash The Dishes

Leadership – The Best Leaders Wash The Dishes

This post lays out a manifesto for better leadership in education.

Educational feudal system

Schools and colleges are the epitome of a hierarchy. Your “bog standard” (my chemistry teacher used this phrase to describe exam questions) teachers lie at the bottom of the heap, followed by heads of subject, heads of department, senior leadership and the a principal or headteacher at the spear end.

The most important people in school are your “bog standard” teachers. They deliver the product. If they’re not delivering the goods, the school fails. Simple.

Too often in education, this thinking is reversed. The head […]

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Putting students into sets is counter productive

Putting students into sets is counter productive

Outlier

Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” is a classic and has an analogous example of why putting students into sets is counter productive. We think of success as a product of the work we put in to a particular endeavour. Gladwell takes a different view and cites lucky breaks as more important.

One example he gives is of the professional ice hockey leagues in Canada. If you look at the birth dates of professional players, you see a statistical quirk: there’s a huge bias towards those born in January, February and March. As juniors, a player’s age group is determined by […]

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Tasa’s experience at a Shoreditch company – recorded on Kloodle

Tasa’s experience at a Shoreditch company – recorded on Kloodle

Tasa Hendrix Onakpoma is a student of Lewisham Southwark College in South London. He recently attended an insight day at Shoreditch company ustwo. He recorded his experiences on his Kloodle profile: –

 

 

“I attend a workshop at a web and app development company in Shoreditch where we undertook a workshop creating drawing for a kids app once we were done designing we presented it to the staff members at ustwo.”

 

 

Sounds like a fantastic day! You can see Tasa’s public Kloodle profile here – https://kloodle.com/profile/Tonakpoma/public

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Work experience is a vital for apprentice attraction

Work experience is a vital for apprentice attraction

My work experience

I achieved my TV debut whilst on work experience. I completed my placement at Lancashire County Cricket Club during an Ashes summer. Channel 4 attended an event the club hosted to film interviews for an advert for their Ashes coverage. Muttiah Muralitharan and Dominic Cork (two international cricketers) starred at the event. When Channel 4 asked the two internationals if they’d provide a few quotes for the advert, they nodded in my direction: “let the work experience kid do it”.

The crew waved a camera in my face and asked me to predict the ashes. Easy. 5-0 whitewash to […]

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Hire teachers for their energy; not for their credentials

Hire teachers for their energy; not for their credentials

Schools and colleges are communities; collections of people all living and working together. In order to thrive, a community must push in the same direction. It must also adhere to the laws of nature. These laws state “that which does not grow, dies”. It is the same with communities. Communities that stand still die.

 

Communities only grow when they are driven. Just as nature requires growth, physics states that anything stationary will remain so until something acts upon the object (and my physics teacher thought I didn’t listen….). Communities are stationary until people provide the force to create motion. Creating a force […]

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If you’re quoting university admissions percentages you’re doing it wrong

My parents implored me to go to uni. Going to university was rare for their generation. Only the smartest attended. The smartest then realised the perks that came with possessing a qualification that was rare in the market place. That’s Foundation Economics. If something’s rare and in demand, its value rises. University degrees were rare, so they were valuable.

 

Blair became prime minister during my last year at primary school. Education, education, education and all that. He stated his ambition that 50% of the country’s population should attend university. Economics Foundations also states that a glut of a commodity drives down value. The UK […]

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The best teachers find reasons to praise

“James struggles with his maths”

“Leanne doesn’t know how to conjugate her french verbs”

“Dave can’t use a T-square”

School highlights our areas of weakness. Strong students receive all the praise. Naughty students receive the most attention. Weak but quiet students are ignored.

As humans, we all crave recognition. Some people learn to define themselves as “clever” and crave recognition through the results they produce. Others recognise that they receive most attention when they play up. As a result, they misbehave. Others still stay under the radar through fear of being criticised, being found out as dumb or […]

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