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Derek Robertson
Interests: John Shuttleworth,guitar playing,hillwalking,manga, graphic novels,Kiss, Weezer, The Divine Comedy, Neil Young, Yo la Tengo, Charles Dickens, science fiction, comedy, The Sopranos, Loudon Wainwright III, podcasting, radio noir, film noir, horror movies, Bela Lugosi
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I have just returned from listening to the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon give a talk about the plans her government has for raising attainment in Scottish schools. She talked passionately about her desire to address this attainment gap... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at @derekrobertson's...
I have recently commenced a research project that aims to explore how the game Minecraft can be used to enhance and enrich learning in the primary school. I was inspired by a post by Dean Groom that talked about using... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at @derekrobertson's...
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“Suddenly it’s Christmas right after Halloween forget about Thanksgiving it’s just a buffet inbetween!” This line comes from a song by the brilliant and always entertaining Loudon Wainwright III and its sentiment of irritation towards the commercial creep that now... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at @derekrobertson's...
Last week my daughters were playing with their friends. As a group they were all working together to make a movie and their efforts were industrious, noisy and committed. I listened in on their chitter-chatter and I could hear them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at @derekrobertson's...
One of the games that I have shared with colleagues and many other folks at conferences and professional development events is The Nightjar featuring Benedict Cumberbatch. I was hugely drawn to this due to the narrative driven and engaging context... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at @derekrobertson's...
Yes, having that chat with my 10 & 11 year old daughters was interesting but not quits terrifying experience. I like to help them make greater sense of things but sometimes topics I'd rather not address just come up. The line I highlighted was what did it this time. Thanks for the comment.
Thanks John :) I really like the song as well! Seriously though, real opportunity to subvert what is fed to young people as cool (do we still say that?)by looking at ways in which we can deconstruct image and message.
Does anyone else remember Miley Cyrus when she was sweet little Hannah Montana? The witty girl with the double identity of famous country rock star and the ordinary schoolgirl... Well if you do you may like me by really struck... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at @derekrobertson's...
Thank you! :) You can download a companion app for Year Walk too...helps you a bit. Let me know what you think of Device 6.
I have been spending some time playing Device 6, the new game from Simogo a studio I came across a while back when I found out about their last game Year Walk. This was a beautiful and surreal game that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2013 at @derekrobertson's...
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We spent our summer holidays on the beautiful island of Islay this year. We were so lucky with the weather and as a result much of our week there was spent on the beautiful Kilchoman Beach at Machir Bay. This... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at @derekrobertson's...
Thank you Dughall. Very kind of you to say that and it was great to meet you and the whole Bradford team, in London down at the train station at midnight in particular!
Thank you Vicky. It was great to have you speaking at one of the Game Based Learning conferences at London and to see you win that class set of Nintendo DS at SLF 08 was it? You were red hot in the x20 race :)
Thank you Lorraine. I will try to enjoy my last day :) Will see how many cups of tea I can eek out from my tea fund contribution. Great to work with you and Gerry too for that matter. All the best in your new post too :)
Thank you John. My adventure was amazing...I met so many people that I used to read about and share their experience with my students - including you and your stuff at Sandaig. Used to tell them that that was something to aspire to. Then I got the chance to meet you and loads of other folks from BECTA, Futurelab, Stephen Heppell, Marc Prensky etc etc...It was such an exciting time! Hope to get things back on track now that I am able to get blogging again and am free to share my thoughts and engage with the wider educational debate - free from any work related constraints :)
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Tomorrow is my last day working at Education Scotland. I have worked under this banner for the past two years but previous to that and prior to Government restructuring it was with Learning and Teaching Scotland that I earned my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at @derekrobertson's...
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Minecraft mania! Dressed as a Creeper for Halloween. During the middle of last week I found myself in a Twitter discussion about the word failure. When speaking about the development and evolution of the use of tablet devices by teachers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2013 at @derekrobertson's...
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Mar 15, 2010
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If you attended BETT10 how was it for you? For me, it was a disappointment. I could not help but feel a sense of deja-vu as I walked around the exhibition and saw really much of what was on display... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2010 at @derekrobertson's...
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Picture the scene, my daughters are sitting focused, determined, engaged, applying their strategies to win as their faces, illuminated in the light that comes from what they are holding, exhibit the utmost concentration. This concentration must be broken though because... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2010 at @derekrobertson's...