Weekend Fun: The Inshriach Bothy, an artist studio in the Scottish Highlands

Small House Bliss

The Inshriach Bothy by The Bothy Project

The Bothy Project is an artist-driven initiative to develop small studio spaces for artist residencies in unique locations across Scotland. Some of the studios will make use of space in existing structures while others will be new builds. The Inshriach Bothy was the first of these live/work studios. It sits surrounded by birch trees and heather in a small hollow in the Cairngorms National Park. It was built in 2011 through the efforts of artist Bobby Niven, architectural designer Iain MacLeod and a team of volunteer builders, supported by grants from the Royal Scottish Academy.

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Why you SHOULD use Design thinking approaches in education!

Emer Beamer

After reading a number of articles today criticizing Design Thinking, even one specifically against it’s use in education I feel called to respond. My professional experiences using Design thinking have revealed a great potential for education, both for teachers in their own practice and for students (young and older). For the new ‘Nederlandse School‘ (I’m in the design team), the curriculum concept is ‘Ontwerpend leren’ and partly informed by design thinking.  Similarly the methods of  Unexpect ‘Creative Thinking for Social Good’ have overlap with design thinking. Both projects in the education domain.

What is Design Thinking anyway?
In short, design thinking is about applying the typical design cycle to new domains. The design cycle, moves, generally speaking, from (user centered) research to creative thinking to prototyping to testing and implementing or indeed going back to the beginning of the design cycle to start again. Very important here to note is that…

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Education in ASEAN 4

Some parents complain about the high fees the new boutique schools charge. But consider this graphic to understand that when a school offers a high student to teacher ratio (we have 1 teacher or assistant to 5 students) they must charge more. Of many factors leading to world world class education, chief amongst them is the ‘quality time’ they can afford to spend with the children. The most expensive school in the world – Institut Le Rosey, Rolle, Switzerland – charges fees of $99,566 per year to provide this ratio.

Education in ASEAN 2

Education remains marred by disparities between and within countries. Even between neighbouring countries, the difference in government expenditure can be huge, and access to education for rural children, migrants and ethnic minorities is a major issue in most nations.

Manifesto video, 2013 remix

Nice soundtrack reminds me of Eno and Lanois’s ‘The Pearl'[1984] – one of my all time favs

manifesto for teaching online

James Lamb, our fantastic colleague, and a student on the MSc in Digital Education, created a video remix of the manifesto at our request in late 2011. Last month, he decided to make a 2013 remix, because, as he says:

Influenced and informed by my own research into multimodality, I wanted to take a more critical approach to the representation of ideas within the video… Within this new version I’ve attempted to take a more rhetorical approach, where the images help to further the arguments proposed within the different Manifesto statements. I’ve also created a new soundtrack that it is intended to work more effectively alongside the images and words. I think that this new orchestration of communicational modes better represents the Manifesto (or at least, my interpretation of it).


A manifesto for teaching online, 2013 remix on Vimeo.

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Teacher Agency: Self-Directed Professional Development

User Generated Education

“I can’t wait for and am so excited for the three day ‘sit and git’ professional development in-service at our school” said no teacher possibly ever.

“Let’s face it: Professional development, as we have known it for years now, has yielded little or no positive effects on student learning.” Thus complain the many weary professionals who flinch at the mere mention of the word “workshop.” In the collective imagination, the term “professional development day” conjures only images of coffee breaks, consultants in elegant outfits, and schools barren of kids. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/104021/chapters/Professional-Development-Today.aspx

I recently discussed teacher agency in Teacher Agency: Educators Moving from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset.

Teacher agency is typically viewed as a quality within educators, a matter of personal capacity to act (Priestly et al., 2012) usually in response to stimuli within their pedagogical environment. It describes an educator who has both the ability and opportunity to act…

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