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Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Education
Ewan McIntosh's edu.blogs.com looks at digital media, how young people use it and how this affects learning, business and our organisations

  • Lessons from Disney Pixar on how creativity leads to more summative success
    Pixar, since it was purchased by Disney, gives off an air of resilient creative and commercial success, but the journey is rarely that smooth. In fact, the more creative the output, the more commercially successful it is, for Pixar at least, and the processes used by the teams is remarkably close to what we see in highly effective classrooms. During...

  • National competitively through learning - what would you add?
    I've been invited to participate in a rather fast-paced panel on the future of education at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and would appreciate your help in sense-checking my thoughts, below. There are two key challenges being raised in the debates at the Forum, the key global event exploring how all countries, especially those...

  • Why do Education Ministers feel the need to use History lessons as their policy vehicle?
    Another week, another education minister, another lambasting of the way history is taught. This time, it's not the feckless Gove of England (top right) who's basing his entire education policy on how teachers should teach history (funnily enough, he's actually Scottish by birth, which might explain the Minister's confused understanding of British history), but instead the Australian Christopher Pyne who...

  • Ira Glass on Storytelling - and key creative lessons for schools
    Originally posted on NoTosh's fabulous Facebook page. Ira Glass' words on storytelling and creativity have been doing the rounds this weekend, adapted from a Current.tv documentary from a while back. The key point in this clip is incredibly close to what we bring to educators when we talk about ideation and prototyping: You can't just do ONE or TWO drafts...

  • There's no such thing as The Strategy. Only strategies, plural, for people
    Originally posted on the wonderful NoTosh Facebook page. During my tour of Sweden, I worked with groups of senior education leaders - district directors, politicians, parent and union reps, principals - and sometimes it might even have been the first time that these distinct groups of leaders had sat together in the same room to talk about how their strategies...

  • It's in if... Strategies for focus
    Originally posted on NoTosh's fabby Facebook page. When you're writing a strategy for education, it's vital to delimit what *really* matters, and there's a simple project management tool that can help. Jamie Arnold is the most rigourous project manager I've ever had the pleasure to work with, during my time at Channel 4. He's the PM on the award-winning new...

  • What if the world had a #TeachMeet on the same day?
    In conversations with several TeachMeet organisers over the past two years, one thing is perceived as a wasted opportunity in the way the unconference operates: it's hard to be aware of what's going on in learning through TeachMeets in other countries. In many places, TeachMeet is considered "their thing", that is, TeachMeet is an Australian, American, Scottish, Danish, Dutch, Irish,...

  • Creativity Rules from Master Builder, Master Designer Thomas Heatherwick
    In this month's Wired UK print magazine a superb insight into the working and creativity habits of London bus and Olympic flame designer, Thomas Heatherwick. In it, Wired's editors pull out his 'rules' for designing and making. They are a real validation of what Team NoTosh have been pulling out from our creative work and parsing through educational research, stimulating...

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