How did it all begin? Research behind the Sandbox Project – Part 2

This is the second part of a series of articles looking at the initial research report guiding the Sandbox Project. Click here to read Part 1. All around the world, people are realising the urgent need for change in education. Countries in both the global north and the global south are acknowledging the shortcomings of … Continue reading How did it all begin? Research behind the Sandbox Project – Part 2

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How did it all begin? Research behind the Sandbox Project – Part 1

There are literally hundreds of curriculum frameworks around the world, many of them aiming to prepare learners for the future world or the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. This blog post explains the process we went through to select a framework for the 21st Century Sandbox Schools Project, and highlights some of the lessons to be learned … Continue reading How did it all begin? Research behind the Sandbox Project – Part 1

Six Bricks: Opening up a world of playful learning opportunities

How much can you really do with just six bricks? LEGO Six Bricks This is the question many parents, teachers, principals, and researchers have when they first encounter the “Six Bricks” tool and concept. After all, parents and teachers have been using LEGO for decades and, while its educational benefits have long been praised, many … Continue reading Six Bricks: Opening up a world of playful learning opportunities

Celebrating Innovation and Agency in Schools: Part 2 – “My school is going to get there!”

This is the second part of an article about the Dialogue on Innovative School Networks: Teachers as Designers of Innovative Learning Environments. You can read Part 1 here. Conversations at the NECT EdHub’s Dialogue on 3 May 2019 were solution-orientated and celebrated the role of educators as agents of innovation. As Daphne Thoka (Waterberg District … Continue reading Celebrating Innovation and Agency in Schools: Part 2 – “My school is going to get there!”

Celebrating Innovation and Agency in Schools: Part 1 – Creating Innovative Learning Environments

Why do we need to innovate? What is an innovative learning environment, and what does it look like in our context? How can we stimulate innovative thinking at all levels of the education ecosystem? These were some of the questions discussed at the NECT EdHub Dialogue on 3 May 2019. The room was abuzz with … Continue reading Celebrating Innovation and Agency in Schools: Part 1 – Creating Innovative Learning Environments

Learning to Play and Learning through Play: The Sandbox Playdates

What do you get if you put 40 Foundation Phase educators in a room, blindfold 5 of them, and ask them to replicate a LEGO structure? Lots of laughter, frustration, and some organised chaos! In our efforts to trial 21st century teaching and learning approaches in a public school environment through the C21st Sandbox Schools … Continue reading Learning to Play and Learning through Play: The Sandbox Playdates