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198: 8billionideas with David Harkin

David is Founder and CEO of 8billionideas which exists to give every student the skills and belief to change the world. 8billionideas teaches children what they don’t learn in school by providing online live experiences and mentoring around the clock.

8billionideas helps children to lead a more fulfilling life and passion led career, and ultimately change the world. 8billionideas is one of twenty organisations that will be featured by St James’ Palace in 2021 in their publication on ‘Leadership and Innovation – For the next 300 years’, because of their forward thinking approach to education.

David is an entrepreneur, a proud 2x TEDx speaker and author who is passionate about making sure students have the skills that they really need in the future to be happy, successful and change the world.

Prior to 8billionideas, David created 7billionideas which was an award winning education organisation recognised by the Times Educational Supplement and COBIS on a global scale. The education arm of worked with over 100,000 students in 500+ schools in the UK and across the world including Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and Europe. Because of these achievements, he was recently a finalist at the UK Business Awards in the category of ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’.

At the start of 2020, he co-founded a movement known as #UnlockingEducation having thought provoking discussions around the future of education and is pleased to announce his latest position as a FED (Foundation of Education Development) Council Member.

Website

www.8billionideas.com

Social Media Information

Twitter – @davidjharkin

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/davidjharkin

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Xientifica SOS, written by Daniel Phelps, is a unique children’s adventure for young people aged 8-12–adult. It’s ‘Where science meets adventure’. It’s not a science book, it is a children’s adventure novel which has science in it.’

Xientifica SOS provides a perfect platform for discussions and encourages children to ask questions, so is not only ideal for lone-reading or as a class book, but perfect for home schooling too.

Xientifica SOS can be bought on Amazon and is available on Kindle or in paperback 

Go to Amazon – or to find out more (and listen to extracts from the book) – go to Xientifica.com (with an X)…X I E N T I F I C A

Homepage: https://xientifica.com/

Twitter @xientifica

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197: Innovation School with David Miller

David Miller is Director of the Innovation School at Kelvinside Academy. David has had a long career in education and in 2008 was the recipient of the Guardian Award for UK Teacher of the Year. In the same year, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and made a National Teaching Fellow of the UK Teaching Awards.

Since 2008, David has been a consultant with BBC Learning and a Judge for the UK Teaching Awards, the Scottish Education Awards, for the Institute of Ideas – Debating Matters. David is a Visiting Fellow on the Masters in Teaching and Learning for Edgehill University, and a Visiting Tutor to postgraduate students of Glasgow University’s Faculty of Education.

David has been a Lead Researcher on an EU Lifelong Learning Programme looking at Digital Storytelling and the use of emerging technologies in the English Classroom.

In 2012, David was head-hunted to act as Chief Learning Architect for a Kuato Studios, building educational games that utilised next generation Artificial Intelligence. The games went on to win a number of international accolades, including a special mention at President Obama’s final Science Fair in 2016.

In, 2018, David became Director of the Innovation School at Kelvinside – a unique partnership with NuVu in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Questions asked on the Learning on Fire Podcast Interview

1. Who are you?

2. What does your life look like now and how is it different from when you were growing up?

3. What was valuable about your school experience?

4. Which teachers do you remember and why?

5. Who did you admire when you were young?

6. What was it about that person that had such an impact?

7. What was the best piece of advice you have ever been given and who gave it to you?

8. What advice would you give your younger self?

9. What does your future look like?

10. What podcast, book, video, film, song or other resource has had the biggest impact on your life and why?

 

Website

https://www.kelvinside.org/innovation-school

 

Social media information 

Twitter: @davidmiller_uk

 

Resources mentioned

Sparky’s Magic Piano

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock – T.S Eliot

196: Broad and balanced curriculum Q&A with Dr. Tony Eaude

Towards a balanced and broadly-based curriculum was the theme of the National Association for Primary Education conference in March 2021. The keynote lecture was given by Dr. Tony Eaude.

This is a follow up Q&A that I hosted and taken from a subsequent Facebook live event. NAPE has been a long term supporter of the Education on Fire podcast and I have been involved with the association for over 5 years, the last 18 months as vice chair. I thought this discussion was very insightful and wanted to give you the opportunity to hear it.

The original full lecture can be found on the NAPE YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/YI_tiHvKxOk

Tony suggested four main arguments for a balanced and broadly-based primary curriculum:

  • that the law states that schools must offer this (as it does) and that Ofsted expect this (at least from 7 years old);
  • one based on how children create coherent, robust and flexible identities, enhancing their well-being and founded on a sense of agency;
  • one based on a conception of democratic citizenship in which children are increasingly enabled to deal with complex ideas right from the start; and
  • a social justice one that such a curriculum will open up opportunities from which many children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, will otherwise be excluded.

Questions & comments from conference delegates

Retired Headteacher

  • Dr Eaude’s argument for a balanced and broadly based curriculum is compelling. Moving forwards, is it possible for schools to work with the current National Curriculum Framework to achieve this? 
  • Do Academies, rather than Local Authority schools, have the most potential and freedom to develop such curriculum experiences?
  • Where (in England) is curriculum innovation to be found at present?
  • What is the National Association of Primary Education’s role in this argument?

As a student in my final year of an undergraduate course, I am currently working on an assignment about my own educational philosophy which very much aligns with Dr. Eaude’s Schiller speech. Embarking into my NQT year in September I know the best way to change this is starting in my own classroom. However big questions arise with that:

  • What can I do beyond that? If there is not enough support or like-minded colleagues,
  • How can I reach out to ensure this way of teaching the curriculum is opened up on to all the children in the community?
  • Where can I find more support?

For more information about Dr. Tony Eaude please visit his website https://edperspectives.org.uk/

More information about NAPE is available at https://nape.org.uk/

To find out more about Christian Schiller HMI please click on the link below

https://nape.org.uk/publications​

The Schiller Book, published by NAPE, ‘In His Own Words’, can be purchased for only £5.

The full lecture can be found on the NAPE YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/YI_tiHvKxOk

195: Sharpen the new platform for smart note taking

Aidan Whytock is the founder of Sharpen, the new platform for smart note taking. A successful actor and entrepreneur, Aidan has drawn on his background to design a tool specifically for the education sector to provide a revolutionary new way to access and apply learning.

Sharpen fills a real gap in the education landscape for more efficient online collaboration between learners, teachers, and peers. By combining real-time communication with lesson notes that can be recalled and revisited instantly, Sharpen facilitates better, more collaborative peer to peer revision in a personalised and interactive way that effectively takes the user back in time.

Drawing on the proven methodology that learners remember more when multiple senses are stimulated, Sharpen replicates this within the platform, empowering learners to create smart notes to remember more and perform better.

Website

https://sharpennotes.com

Social Media Information

https://www.facebook.com/sharpennotes

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Xientifica SOS, written by Daniel Phelps, is a unique children’s adventure for young people aged 8-12–adult. It’s ‘Where science meets adventure’. It’s not a science book, it is a children’s adventure novel which has science in it.’

Xientifica SOS provides a perfect platform for discussions and encourages children to ask questions, so is not only ideal for lone-reading or as a class book, but perfect for home schooling too.

Xientifica SOS can be bought on Amazon and is available on Kindle or in paperback 

Go to Amazon – or to find out more (and listen to extracts from the book) – go to Xientifica.com (with an X)…X I E N T I F I C A

Homepage: https://xientifica.com/

Twitter @xientifica

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194: Montessori Centre International with Maccs Pescatore

Maccs Pescatore is the CEO of Montessori Centre International (MCI), a leading provider of, and facilitator in the provision of Montessori training and education in the UK and around the world. It provides the sector’s marker of quality assurance through its Standards & Training Accreditation Review (STAR) framework. Resources are made available to parents and carers through its online hub, the Montessori Network.

MCI is part of The Montessori Group, a central hub for Montessori philosophy in the UK.

The Montessori Group also includes Montessori St Nicholas, which carries out social impact programmes and initiatives. In 2020, the charity partnered with Leeds Beckett University to create the International Montessori Institute.

Maccs trained as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand before moving into industry. She spent 13 years with Tate & Lyle Plc and ASR Group in the FMCG sector where she held a variety of senior finance positions in divisions in the UK and Europe.

In recent years, working alongside commercial and operational colleagues, she has combined her passion for business with her affinity for working in changing environments, being instrumental in turning around underperforming businesses, repositioning and moving organisation into new markets.

https://www.montessoritraining.org.uk/

Social Media Information

Twitter: @Maccs_Pesc

www.linkedin.com/in/maccspescatore/

£50,000 for the first year of a scholarship supporting Leeds Beckett Montessori degree students

The International Montessori Institute, a centre within the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University (LBU), has launched a scholarship programme to support the next generation of Montessori educators. The Institute was established in August 2020 and will provide the UK’s first dedicated undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Montessori education.

Funded by the Montessori Group, the first scholarships of £2,000 each will be awarded to 25 students who are studying on the BA (Hons) Primary Education Accelerated Degree (Montessori) in the 2021/22 academic year. The relationship between the Carnegie School of Education and the Montessori Group means that further scholarships will be awarded in the future years of the partnership.

This scholarship will be first awarded in the next academic year, with applicants to LBU able to apply for the scholarship as part of their application to the university.

Leonor Stjepic, Chief Executive Officer of the Montessori Group said: “We are so pleased that the Montessori St Nicholas charity is able to support new teachers in this way. We hope that this funding will broaden access to higher education study for a significant number of students and in doing so, enhance the experiences of the children who will be guided and supported by the next generation of high-quality teachers. The experiences of trainees as they prepare to work in the education sector can be greatly affected by financial constraints; we want to ensure that students taking the Montessori pathway will have the best possible start to their experience with the International Montessori Institute.”

The Montessori model of education is unique in encouraging young children to learn through curiosity with an emphasis on individual progress and giving children opportunities to engage with the learning environment.

Centre Director of the International Montessori Institute, James Archer said: “We are delighted that these scholarships will be available to support people as they study the Montessori Method at degree level. Education for opportunity, social inclusion and reconstruction is one of the four key strands of our work and we are therefore thrilled to offer these unique scholarships. The opportunities provided by these scholarships will be truly transformational to people choosing to come and study at the International Montessori Institute, and in turn they will help to transform the lives of the children they work with through their careers.

The BA (Hons) Education (Accelerated Degree) Montessori, gives students the opportunity to gain a full BA degree focussed on the Montessori philosophy of education. The programme prepares students for a fulfilling career working with children across primary and early years phases drawing on the Montessori method.”

Applications are now open for BA (Hons) Primary Education Accelerated Degree (Montessori) for the 2021/22 academic year. To find more about the programme and to apply please visit: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/courses/primary-education-accelerated-degree-montessori-ba/

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Xientifica SOS, written by Daniel Phelps, is a unique children’s adventure for young people aged 8-12–adult. It’s ‘Where science meets adventure’. It’s not a science book, it is a children’s adventure novel which has science in it.’

Xientifica SOS provides a perfect platform for discussions and encourages children to ask questions, so is not only ideal for lone-reading or as a class book, but perfect for home schooling too.

Xientifica SOS can be bought on Amazon and is available on Kindle or in paperback 

Go to Amazon – or to find out more (and listen to extracts from the book) – go to Xientifica.com (with an X)…X I E N T I F I C A

Homepage: https://xientifica.com/

Twitter @xientifica

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The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Get a FREE e-copy of their professional journal at nape.org.uk/journal

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