Category Archives: Tom’s Writings

Opening Presentation – Differentiation Conference

A prestigious group of educators are convening at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney’s CBD on the 16th and 17th of this month to share strategies for improving learning achievement through differentiation. I have the pleasure of presenting the opening presentation … Continue reading

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New Article: “Before We Pull the Big Lever”

In an earlier article, “Starting an Education Revolution,” I suggested the that tests were a good tool for breaking educational paradigms.  Education Technology Solutions magazine has just published a follow-up article, “Before We Pull the Big Lever,” in which I … Continue reading

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Viva La Revolution – Using Tests to Break Education Paradigms

I’ve enjoyed writing for Education Technology Solutions and they have decided to make my latest article their cover story for the April / May 2016 issue.  How great – thanks! As the “Director of Innovation” at Hobsons Edumate, combined with the … Continue reading

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New Article – Next Era Ed Overview

Education Technology Solutions has published online the full version of an article of mine they are publishing over two issues.  Schools: Invent The Next Era Of Education is the best source for the complete view of my “Next Era Ed” … Continue reading

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WebQuests at 20: a lesson in “only new mistakes”

<soapbox> I wrote an article last month, The WebQuest: A Parable reflecting on the 20th anniversary of WebQuests (Education Technology Solutions magazine – also available as a pdf). I won’t repeat the article in this post but use what follows to provide … Continue reading

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My Professional Journey circa 2015

Overview My goal has long been to help educators and schools nurture meaningful student achievement.  Often this includes a conceptual shift from teacher-delivered lessons to student-driven learning.  I’ve spent decades working on this problem and would like to use this post to … Continue reading

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Focus: Treatment for Education’s ADD

Reflections on treating Educational ADD Here are four suggestions for dealing with the Attention Deficit Disorder that may keep your school from articulating its vision, its real purpose for existing. 1) Stop believing in silver bullets – Like any complex human endeavor, … Continue reading

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Free eBook Launched

I’d like to announce the official launch of my new eBook, Brutal Truths for Schools.  For those who have seen me present, this eBook is part one of my “It’s broken, so Let’s Fix it” theme.  I thought I’d put … Continue reading

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Engaged is Nice, but not Enough

What do Students Need to Succeed? When students have 1:1 access to digital resources, the traditional role of the teacher as information source is “disintermediated.” This doesn’t mean that students never need a teacher, or that educators don’t have a … Continue reading

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13 Reasons Why Digital Learning is Better

What’s so Good about Digital Learning? The following section moves through an extensive list of some of the main aspects that make digital learning different – and better – from what we might be used to. You may be very … Continue reading

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