The notion of screen time evokes strong and often negative emotions. Photographs of people, young and old alike, staring into screens instead of talking to each other are almost always followed by dispirited comments about the dysfunctional state of our society. Parents of young children, including me, worry and often feel enormous guilt [...]José Picardo
Shooting an azimuth means climbing to a height, sighting an object on the horizon in the direction you're travelling, and adjusting your compass heading to make sure you're still moving in the right direction. This blog is about constantly reevaluating where we're heading. This blog is about education.
This article was originally published on the BBC News website. Though I may have changed the words a little… Some 59% of those surveyed considered themselves hooked on books, comics, magazines and newspapers, with a third saying they found it difficult to disconnect. Half said that they spent longer reading than originally intended [...]José Picardo
I didn’t vote. I would have, I just wasn’t entitled to. You see, I’m one of the EU immigrants 52% of the country I’ve lived in and contributed to for 22 years has just voted against. Or at least it feels that way. A few folks, clearly well-meaning, have told me that I shouldn’t worry, that I am the sort of skilled worker that this [...]José Picardo
One of the most common novice misconceptions about learning foreign languages is that words can be translated literally. Beginner students will commonly seek to translate idioms such as it’s raining cats and dogs word by word, causing native speakers of the target language to look up to the sky in horror before realising it’s [...]José Picardo
Education is complex field. In it there are folks who specialise in behaviour management, assessment, professional development… And so we have assessment experts, CPD experts and even government appointed behaviour tsars. Hardly anyone would refer to these folks pejoratively as being obsessed with their chosen field of specialism. Oh, [...]José Picardo
In this article, I will explore ways in which we can make textbooks and other resources better for both teaching and learning in the light of a growing body of research in the field of cognitive science. However, I will not consider on this occasion the intrinsic value of textbooks (i.e. should we have them at all?) or the legitimate [...]José Picardo