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Innovation - Where will you invest next?

Puropelto School has undergone significant transformation over the last five years to improve the learning environment for staff and students. The change in the environment is not visible from...

Getting Mobile and Making Cartoons for Language Learning.

As we walk up the stairs to the classroom, the first observation is Petra climbing the stairs to her lesson carrying what looks like a large blue reusable supermarket shopping bag. (And it probably...

What is new on your professional learning journey?

It always seems that we have to wait a long time for the summer holidays, counting off the days on the calendar, planning for all those things we are going to do, "when we have more time";...

First Stop - Shireland Collegiate Academy, Sandwell, UK

Although I’ve been to Shireland several times before, I think the immediate observation for most visitors must be the celebration of cultures and faiths that exist as one. Shireland...

The Research Bus - All Aboard!

I've had several discussions with different colleagues over the last few weeks about the Living Schools Lab Project and I've decided that it is going to be an important part of my collaborative...

Observation visits Observation visits

Link observation visits schedule 2013

  • UK: 12 June and 27 June
  • Czech Republic: 16 September
  • Finland: 23 September
  • France: 30 September
  • Norway: 14 October
  • Italy: 21 October
  • Cyprus: 11 November
  • Belgium: 18 November
  • Portugal: 13 January 2014
  • Ireland: 20 January 2014
  • Austria: 27 January 2014
  • Lithuania: 10 February 2014
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The Research Bus - All Aboard!

I've had several discussions with different colleagues over the last few weeks about the Living Schools Lab Project and I've decided that it is going to be an important part of my collaborative research journey to try and capture the Living Schools Lab Link Observation Visits within this blog. The Observation and Documentation of Innovative Practice all sounds rather formal and serious - and of course, it is! However, in my blog I want to try and share the journey to help me reflect on some of the observations and understanding. I also want you to come with me and see if your school or educational practice is just the same or perhaps you do something slightly different.

The challenge for me is trying to understand how the practice within an Advanced School can be replicated elsewhere. What are the STEPS that these schools have had to take to demonstrate that they make effective use of technology? It's also about helping other schools to realise that Living Schools are constantly working towards innovative practice, challenging themselves from day to day.

So, I'm sure that you will want to find out just what happened when I visited the first UK school. No plane to catch, no train to run for... just nine miles from the University of Wolverhampton where I work.  First Stop: Shireland Collegiate Academy, Sandwell UK.

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