Highlights of Reform Symposium (part two)

Highlights of Reform Symposium (part two)

Featuring Steve wheeler on the future of education.



Today I’m excited about reviewing Steve Wheeler’s mini-com presentation for The Reform Symposium 2014.

Why is this important?

The work behind the Reform Symposium Free online Conference featuring 60+ presentations, two plenaries, ten keynotes, student presenters, and much more is staggering to say the least. We want people to fully appreciate the significance of this commitment and of the exceptional opportunity we offer you regarding free professional development online. There is so much cyber noise and distraction online that people can miss or fail to realise what’s really going on. This is my way of sharing brief chunks of Edutainment and inspiration as a build-up to inspirational events that will make you feel part of something bigger than yourself and remind you of why you are proud to be a teacher.

Here is some background information on Steve and the link to his blog.

Here’s the recording:

Images created by Steve Wheeler or shared on his powerpoint.

Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University, in South West England. Originally trained as a psychologist, he has spent his entire career working in media, technology and learning, predominantly in nurse education (NHS 1981-1995) and teacher education (1976-1981 and 1995-present). He is now in the Plymouth Institute of Education, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

I’m very interested in the fact that he’s a trained psychologist, as I’m passionate about the psychology of teaching and learning.

The future of education is unpredictable.

We may all have our own opinions about the future, yet we all see what we see  through our own limited vantage points. Let’s see if Steve can give us a bird’s eye view on the matter.



The presentation visuals are beautiful and tell us so much.




Steve talks about what happens in an internet minute with another beautiful image.




He goes on to rapidly depict a changing world through artistically chosen visuals that compare and contrast the old and the new.

There is so much depth, art and insight in his use of imagery. I don’t see such educational substance in visual imagery everyday. I can see and feel so much behind each image he’s chosen.

Steve says:

Technology does not change instruction, pedagogy has to change instruction, pedagogy has to change for us.




Steve  goes on to discuss the both the significance of connectivity and students creating their own content, and in contrast, the impact of the digital divide and the exclusion of so many from this technological revolution.

Curiosity versus regimentation

It’s very important to note that he highlights the problem of regimentation in schools knocking the curiosity out of children. This sums up my attitude to education. Anything to bring back the fun and creativity to education will help the mind to develop, intellectually, socially and emotionally.



 So ends my little snapshot of Steve Wheeler’s presentation.

Don’t miss the full presentation in July on the Future of Education.

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Sylvia is is an online teacher & writer with a background in English Literature, history and education. She is also an award winning blogger featured by The British Council, online teacher, official blogger for WiziQ, professional development organiser, and passionate researcher into creative learning via Educational Technology @Eslbrain. She is currently focusing on ELT publishing and children’s publishing. Her personal projects for 2014 include writing ELT books through story-telling, comics, poetry, and social and emotional learning, while continually creating and sharing brain-friendly learning materials and ideas online. Her other main interests are art, writing, poetry, and psychology, which which help her to create fun quality time with her children and add colour to her language lessons. When she's not teaching online, she's writing course books, blogging or running her English language Facebook groups.
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