Learning Technology

Prehistoric technology

From Stone axe to mobile: hand-held learning

Caves paintings: Savants not savages. Were caves and their paintings early simulators?


Papyrus, parchment, paper, screens

Manuscripts and the collapse of learning

Books = paper (hardware) + texts (software) & its the software that matters

School slates – the original iPads?

Pen and pencil: Is mobile the new pen and pencil?

Eraser: to err is human, to erase divine

Typewriter: relic that left us with QWERTY, carriage return, backspace and shift


Lecterns: technology of teaching or preaching?

James Pillans – never heard of him? He invented ‘chalk and talk’!

Overhead projectors: the trapezoid projection of boredom


Radio education: huge and hugely underestimated

TV: from Goggle box to Google

Learner stuff

Calculators: Education stuck in pre-calculator age

Clickers: formative feedback key to better learning


Too cool for school: 7 reasons why tablets should NOT be used in education

Keep on taking the tablets: 7 reasons why this is lousy advice

Tablets: 7 researched ways they can inhibit learning

Tablet madness: Would Amplify pass a CRB check? And hideous tablet for women

Malaysia: Chromebook/cloud provision for 10 million! (not taking the tablets)

Tablets New kids on block

Raspberry Pi: 7 reasons why it won’t work

Swivl: your personal cameraman – dream device

3D printers: gimmick or game changer? Next big thing or expensive way to produce lots of ‘small, useless, plastic things’?

Google Glass: 7 amazing uses in learning

Oculus Rift: learning machine that will blow your mind!


BYOD: 7 reasons to leave them to their own devices

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