Blog posts June 2011

Project blog - Learning Futures: Checking out a student-made cycling website and cookbook at Cramlington's exhibition of learning

Alec Patton
Monday, 27 June 2011 - 1:30pm

Last weekend, a Learning Futures delegation (David Price and I) went up to Northumberland to see Cramlington Learning Village’s Exhbition of Learning, where students presented the work they’d created during the previous ‘project week’, which they’d spent off timetable.

I went up because Cramlington’s work is informing the guide to project-based learning that I’m writing as part of Learning Futures (version 1.0 coming out in September, reserve your copy now!), and I saw a lot of exciting stuff, but there’s two projects that I want to...

Innovation in healthcare: The Aravind Eye Care System

Leonie Shanks
Monday, 6 June 2011 - 2:37pm

“Intelligence and capability are not enough. There must also be the joy of doing something beautiful. Being of service to God and humanity means going well beyond the sophistication of the best technology, to the humble demonstration of courtesy and compassion to each patient.”

Dr G. Venkataswamy

What do people do when they retire? Start growing vegetables? Take up golf? Join a painting class? For many people, retirement is the time to relax, take up new hobbies and spend quality time with family and friends. Not so, however, for Dr. G. Venkataswamy, who, by the age of 58, had...

Data innovation: Mappiness is transforming wellbeing research one chirp at a time

Martha Hampson
Wednesday, 1 June 2011 - 2:30pm

One of the many reasons I am such an iPhone enthusiast is the amount of innovation it has unleashed on the part of app designers, and the potential for entirely new programs that use the iPhone’s built-in functions to create something exciting and special. The percentage of apps which actually do this, of course, is ridiculously small, but for every thousand Pretend Pints there’s an Angry Birds, and for every half-million of all of them there’s a ...