Inspiring Authors, Publications and Blogs

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Some of the most influential authors, books, articles and documents, shaping our approach at Infinity, are listed below. We consider these must reads.

Paulo Freire: ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’

“This text argues that the ignorance and lethargy of the poor are the direct result of the whole economic, social and political domination. The book suggests that in some countries the oppressors use the system to maintain a “culture of silence”. Through the right kind of education, the book suggests, avoiding authoritarian teacher-pupil models and based on the actual experiences of students and on continual shared investigation, every human being, no matter how impoverished or illiterate, can develop a new awareness of self, and the right to be heard.” Source: Amazon.co.uk

Keri Facer: ‘Education Futures’

“In the twenty-first century, educators around the world are being told that they need to transform education systems to adapt young people for the challenges of a global digital knowledge economy. Too rarely, however, do we ask whether this future vision is robust, achievable or even desirable, whether alternative futures might be in development, and what other possible futures might demand of education.

Drawing on ten years of research into educational innovation and socio-technical change, working with educators, researchers, digital industries, students and policy-makers, this book questions taken-for-granted assumptions about the future of education. Arguing that we have been working with too narrow a vision of the future, Keri Facer makes a case for recognizing the challenges that the next two decades may bring, including:

the emergence of new relationships between humans and technology

the opportunities and challenges of aging populations

the development of new forms of knowledge and democracy

the challenges of climate warming and environmental disruption

the potential for radical economic and social inequalities.” Source: Amazon.co.uk

David Price: ‘Open’

“What makes a global corporation give away its prized intellectual property? Why are Ivy League universities allowing anyone to take their courses for free? What drives a farmer in rural Africa to share his secrets with his competitors?

A collection of hactivists, hobbyists, forum-users and maverick leaders are leading a quiet but unstoppable revolution. They are sharing everything they know, and turning knowledge into action in ways that were unimaginable even a decade ago. Driven by technology, and shaped by common values, going ‘open’ has transformed the way we live. It’s not so much a question of if our workplaces, schools and colleges go open, but when.

Packed with illustration and advice, this entertaining read by learning futurist, David Price, argues that ‘open’ is not only affecting how we are choosing to live, but that it’s going to be the difference between success and failure in the future.” Source: Amazon.co.uk

Alec Patton & Jeff Robin /The Innovation Unit: ‘Work that matters: The teacher’s guide to project based learning’

A must read guide on the fundamentals of Project Based Learning.  

Ron Berger: ‘An Ethic of Excellence’

Drawing from his own remarkable experience as a veteran classroom teacher (still in the classroom), Ron Berger gives us a vision of educational reform that transcends standards, curriculum, and instructional strategies. He argues for a paradigm shift – a schoolwide embrace of an “ethic of excellence.” A master carpenter as well as a gifted teacher, Berger is guided by a craftsman’s passion for quality, describing what’s possible when teachers, students, and parents commit to nothing less than the best. But Berger’s not just idealistic, he’s realistic – he tells exactly how this can be done, from the blackboard to the blacktop to the school boardroom” Source Amazon.co.uk

Ron Berger: ‘Leaders of their own learning’

‘Leaders of Their Own Learning offers a new way of thinking about assessment based on the celebrated work of EL Education schools across the country. Student–Engaged Assessment is not a single practice but an approach to teaching and learning that equips and compels students to understand goals for their learning and growth, track their progress toward those goals, and take responsibility for reaching them. This requires a set of interrelated strategies and structures and a whole–school culture in which students are given the respect and responsibility to be meaningfully engaged in their own learning.” Source Amazon.co.uk

Ron Berger: ‘Learning that lasts’

“For schools to meet ambitious new standards and prepare all students for college, careers, and life, research has shown unequivocally that nothing is more important that the quality of daily instruction. Learning That Lasts presents a new vision for classroom instruction that sharpens and deepens the quality of lessons in all subject areas. It is the opposite of a ′teacher–proof′ solution. Instead, it is predicated on a model of instruction that honors teachers as creative and expert planners of learning experiences for their students and who wish to continuously grow in their instructional and content knowledge. It is not a theoretical vision. It is a model of instruction refined in some of the nation′s most successful public schools―schools that are beating the odds to create remarkable achievement―sited primarily in urban and rural low–income communities.” Source Amazon.co.uk

High Tech High: Unboxed

High Tech High’s own in house teaching and learning magazine, including useful project cards inspirational for curriculum design.  

Dan Willingham:  Why don’t students like school?

Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham focuses his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning. His book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn. It reveals–the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences.” Source: Amazon.co.uk

IDEO: ‘The Field Guide to Human-Centred Design’

At IDEO.org, part of our mission is to spread human-centered design to social sector practitioners around the world. The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design reveals our process with the key mindsets that underpin how and why we think about design for the social sector, 57 clear-to-use design methods for new and experienced practitioners, and from-the-field case studies of human-centered design in action. The Field Guide has everything you need to understand the people you’re designing for, to have more effective brainstorms, to prototype your ideas, and to ultimately arrive at more creative solutions.” Source: Ideo.org

An Interview with Rob Riordan, co-founder High Tech High

An interview undertaken by one of Infinity School’s founders during his research and study expedition to California, the focus of which was innovative curriculum and school design.  

Jelmer Evers & Rene Kneyber: ‘Flip the System’

In this book, teachers from around the world and other educational experts such as Andy Hargreaves, Ann Lieberman, Stephen Ball, Gert Biesta, Tom Bennett and many more, make the case to move away from this uneducational economic approach, to instead embrace a more humane, more democratic approach to education. This approach is called ‘flipping the system’, a move that places teachers exactly where they need to be – at the steering wheel of educational systems worldwide.” Source: Amazon.co.uk

OECD research findings and report addressing Innovative Learning Environments

These reports collect together evidence of the most innovative learning environments from around the world and synthesise the necessary design principles underpinning an innovative education.

Jeff Robin: Art teacher at High Tech High

Art teacher at High Tech High, explains in a series of animated videos the fundamentals of project based learning.

 

Expeditionary Learning ‘Protocols’

These teacher and student Protocol and Resources for leading learning present a structured guide for impactful learning experiences.